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. 

About our PPD courses

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.

Courses available

Principles of Applied Animal behaviour

20 credits

This course introduces the theoretical concepts that underpin the professional field of Clinical Animal Behaviour, drawn from disciplines of ethology, psychology, anatomy, neurophysiology and psychopharmacology. This course will provide students with a solid foundation of theoretical concepts which will be used throughout the Clinical Animal Behaviour programme.

Clinical Animal Behaviour

20 credits

In this course, students will gain an appreciation of the interaction between health and behaviour in domestic/captive animals and develop their understanding of the development, diagnosis and management of behavioural disorders and conflicts in a range of companion animal species including; dogs, cats, horses and other household pets.


20 credits

This course is designed to expand knowledge and appreciation of how humans and non-human animals interact, covering theoretical and practical aspects of the interaction. There is an emphasis on examining the animal aspect of the interaction while adopting a multidisciplinary approach to the wider subject area.


The PPD courses are delivered fully online using a blend of online learning methods supported by the University’s award winning online learning environments.

They are distance learning courses, but you won’t feel isolated - you will have the opportunity to work closely with your fellow students and tutors in a properly supported, collaborative and vibrant online learning environment. With access to the internet, you will be able to study at the times and in the places which suit you best.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements


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In order for you to have access to the PPD course of your choice you need to be enrolled as student. After we have accepted you onto the PPD course, 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.

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