The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Dissertation element

On the successful completion of 120 credits (40 credits coming from the core courses), you may depart with a PG Diploma in International Animal Welfare.

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In order to progress to the final level to attain the Masters (dissertation element), you will have to:

  • Pass at least 80 credits of coursework with a mark of at least 50% in each of the courses which make up these credits (including the two core courses) and no mark <40% for any course
  • Gain a minimum average mark of 50% for the 120 credits

During the dissertation element of the MSc programme, you will have the opportunity to further develop your scientific skills and utilise scientific theory, in a less structured environment.

The Dissertation is a written assignment of 10-15,000 words. This will allow you to analyse and present relevant research data that you have already collected during the course of your own work.

Alternatively, you may wish to undertake a desk study to explore and develop a theme of relevance to your current working environment, or in an area of interest that has arisen during your period of study on the MSc.

This feature will require a high level of commitment and application from you and provides a valuable exercise in the writing and presentation of information to a standard that engages appropriately with academic conventions in relation to style, tone, structuring and referencing.

Supervision for this element of the MSc will be provided by existing research staff and subject experts currently employed by the University of Edinburgh. You will also be encouraged, where appropriate, to work closely with senior staff at their home institutions.