The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Professional Development

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to studying towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme. Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme. 

Course Credits Start date Duration
Feline Medicine 1 10 September 100 hours
Feline Medicine 2 10 January 100 hours
10 January 100 hours
Hepatology 10 May 100 hours
10 November 100 hours
Recent Advances in Internal Medicine 10 September 100 hours
Recent Advances in Production Animal Practice 10 September 100 hours
Standard Diagnostic Testing in Companion Animals 10 February 100 hours
Thoracic Imaging 10 February 100 hours
Renal and Urinary 10 May 100 hours
Companion Animal Respiratory Medicine 2 10 September 100 hours
Companion Animal Respiratory Medicine 1 10 April 100 hours
Veterinary Cardiology 2: Cardiac Diseases of the Cat and Dog 10 November 100 hours
Recent Advances in Equine Practice 10 September 100 hours
Standard Diagnostic Tests in Production Animal Practice 10 February 100 hours
Practical pathology and microbiology 10 January 100 hours
Approaches to wound management in horses 10 April 100 hours
Standard Diagnostic Tests in Equine Practice 10 February 100 hours
Poor athletic performance in horses 10 May 100 hours
Antimicrobial stewardship in companion animal practice 10 November 100 hours
Non-Surgical Musculoskeletal Disease 10 February 100 hours
Controlling Infectious Diseases in Beef and Dairy Cattle 10 September 100 hours
Evidence Based Veterinary Medicine in Clinical Practice 10 January 100 hours
Ewe Survival 10 February 100 hours
Feeding for Production 10 April 100 hours
Foot Health 10 September 100 hours
Heifer Rearing 10 January 100 hours
10 November 100 hours
Lambing Percentage 10 May 100 hours
Management of the Beef Herd 10 April 100 hours
Udder Health 10 May 100 hours
Approaches to Gastrointestinal Surgery in Dogs and Cats 10 April 100 hours
Wound Management and Reconstructive Surgery in Dogs and Cats 10 April 100 hours
Bovine Reproduction: Beef and Dairy 10 November 100 hours
Principles of Exotic Pet Medicine 10 September 100 hours
Standard Diagnostic Testing in Exotic Pet Animals 10 February 100 hours
Rabbit Medicine 10 April 200 hours
Neurological Emergencies in dogs and cats 10 November 100 hours
Canine Endocrine Disorders 10 November 100 hours
Companion Animal Vitamin D Disorders 10 April 100 hours
Advancing the Care of Veterinary Patients 10 May 100 hours

How to apply

Applications must be made through the University's online postgraduate prospectus

Matriculation

In order for you to have access to the PPD of your choice you need to be enrolled as student. After we have accepted you onto the PPD, Academic Registry will send an email to your new University of Edinburgh Student email account asking you to fill in, sign and return a form for matriculation.