Frequently asked questions

Answers to frequently asked questions about the programme.

Q. How much does the programme cost?

A. Tuition fees are expected to be in the region of £13,005 spread over the entire programme (£4,335 per year), for all students (UK, EU & overseas). Each yearly fee can also be paid in instalments. Alternatively students can pay by course (£1,445).

Further information on fees can be found at the following link:

Online distance learning tuition fee rates

Q: Are there any student scholarships for funding opportunities available?

A: Funding opportunities are limited for postgraduate study, however some are available and further information can be found on the link below:

Search scholarships

Q. Who will be on the programme with me?

A. Students on the programme come from a variety of backgrounds including: Veterinary science, zoology, biological science, pharmacology and animal/equine science. Students also come from various parts of the world, for example: UK and Ireland, Europe, USA and Canada, South Africa etc. Consequently, an additional strength of the programme is that you will learn from your peers as well as from the lecturers.

Q. Who teaches on the programme?

A. Each course is taught by a variety of lecturers, and also by a number of external lecturers who are specialists in their field. Therefore, is a unique opportunity for you to start networking and thinking about future career opportunities.

Q. Why study at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies?

A. Teaching quality: deemed ‘excellent’ by SHEFC, excellent facilities, staff expertise, unique programme. Research: experienced research staff, excellent research facilities, numerous research contacts. Career prospects: high calibre graduates; from an International centre of excellence; with extensive equine expertise.

Q. How is the teaching done?

A. The courses are taught in distance learning mode and are completed entirely online. The teaching is quite varied, including: online lectures, tutorials, specialist external lectures, scientific group discussions, case studies, problem-based learning scenarios, literature based research, computer-assisted learning, quizzes and the dissertation project.

Q. How is the programme assessed?

A. The programme is assessed using a variety of creative methods, which develop critical thinking and encouragement of ideas, including: report writing, scientific presentations, paper critiques, critical review of literature, problem solving and statistical analyses, and the dissertation thesis.

Q. What time commitment do I need to make?

A. It is envisaged that students will need to spend approximately 10 hours per week actively engaged in studying; however, some students may need to spend more time reading around the subject area depending on their prior knowledge and experience.

Q. What will I learn?

A. The scope of this programme is to provide scientific knowledge relating to aspects of equine science that include the following: management of health and welfare, reproduction, behaviour, nutrition and exercise in the horse and to demonstrate how a scientific approach can be applied at a practical level with resultant benefits in equine performance and welfare.

Q. What are the computer requirements for this programme?

A. This is an online programme so you will be accessing materials, discussion boards and a range of tools via the internet. While the programme team and the University’s Information Services (IS) department provide distance learning support, please remember that you are still responsible for your own technical set-up.

You are not expected to be a technical whizz, and we provide guidance and training for the tools we use. However, we expect that you will take responsibility for your access to the programme, make back-ups of your work and organise alternative access if required.

Q. Where will I find a job?

A. Graduates from this 'research-rich' taught MSc have found employment in the following areas:

Research Establishments: researcher in a University/research Institutions or studying for a PhD

Education: lecturing in Universities/Colleges

Industry: nutritionist for a feed company, manager of a stud farms, behavioural consultancy

Government Organisations: such as ADAS, DEFRA

Welfare Organisations: RSPCA, WSPA, World Horse Welfare (WHW)