The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies Bicentenary


We are proud of our community of students and staff

Lobby of William Dick Building with staff and students

Easter Bush Postgraduate Student Society

Our on-campus students are members of the Easter Bush Postgraduate Student Society, which brings together postgraduate researchers, taught masters students and DVetMed scholars for social and academic activities. If you study on campus as a masters student, you will work closely with your classmates through tutorials, lectures and seminars, becoming part of a close-knit group over the duration of your programme.

We encourage our research students to interact and get to know each other through a series of induction activities in the School and through the Postgraduate Society. There is a wide range of seminar series, and team-building and development exercises are available though the Institute for Academic Development. You are encouraged to interact with the wider University postgraduate community through cross-school networks such as Edinburgh Infectious Diseases, Edinburgh Neuroscience and the Edinburgh Immunology Group, and by participating in the University-wide Three Minute Thesis competition. You are also encouraged to take part in public engagement events organised by the Roslin Institute and the R(D)SVS and to actively communicate about your science outside the University.

Networking spaces are vital in the fostering of a strong community and we are fortunate within the School to have excellent communal spaces for this purpose at the Easter Bush campus. Joining professional societies can also be beneficial to your postgraduate training and allows you membership of a wider academic community. In many cases societies offer travel grants for students, and membership usually entitles reduced or waived registration fees to society meetings. You will also have access to all the support services available across the wider University, including the Careers Service, Edinburgh Global, Edinburgh University Students’ Association, the independent Advice Place and the Student Counselling Service. 

Online student community

Distance is no barrier if you choose to study online. Our online learning postgraduates are a diverse group of students from all over the world, united by their academic interests. Using our award-winning interactive learning environments, our online students and tutors maintain a supportive virtual community that ensures you get the best from your studies. If you can’t attend your graduation ceremony in person you can even enjoy a virtual graduation at the same time.