Studying

Research programmes

The School and The Roslin Institute offer a range of research opportunities for candidates with a first degree in Veterinary Medicine or a relevant biological or animal science.

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We welcome enquiries about postgraduate opportunities in all areas of our research. We place particular emphasis on:

  • Improving the health and welfare of domestic animal species
  • Protecting public health
  • Alleviating human poverty in developing countries
  • Infectious disease
  • Neurobiology
  • Cancer biology
  • Animal genetics

You can work on disease problems in each of these areas from the molecular to the animal population level, as clinical problems integrate closely with fundamental biomolecular studies.

 

Please discuss possible research projects with relevant members of academic staff before applying for a research programme.

Research degree options

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We offer a number of postgraduate research degrees for candidates with a first degree in Veterinary Medicine or a relevant biological or animal science.

The majority of our PhD places are based at The Roslin Institute with the rest of our postgraduate study by research taking place across the School.

Our research degrees can be studied either full time or part time, and over one to six years. Further information and application links to our PhD, MPhil and MSc by research degrees are available via the following research areas.

We also offer:

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (DVM&S), available to veterinary graduates of R(D)SVS

Masters in Veterinary Science Programme (MVetSci) for veterinary graduates

 

Masters in Veterinary Sciences

The Masters in Veterinary Sciences degree (MVetSci) is a one year research degree for veterinary medicine graduates.

Interdisciplinary Centres and research collaborators

Most of our research is carried out within the world famous Roslin Institute, which is incorporated with the R(D)SVS and is the major centre of research at the school.

The Roslin Institute

Our research portfolio also incorporates our interdisciplinary research centre:

Edinburgh Infectious Diseases (EID)

The School along with The Roslin Institute, the Moredun Research Institute and the Scottish Agricultural College, are members of the Easter Bush Research Consortium (EBRC) - representing one of the highest concentrations of animal scientists in the world.

The Moredun Research Institute

Scotland’s Rural College

Easter Bush Research Consortium (EBRC)

 

Training and support

Students are assigned a principal and assistant supervisor, and progress is monitored annually by a committee, which includes an independent external assessor and chair.

A postgraduate liaison officer from the School will provide additional support.

Students are expected to attend a number of generic training courses offered by the University and to participate in regular seminars and laboratory progress meetings.