Master of Veterinary Studies

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Master of Veterinary Studies offers peerless flexibility for the animal and veterinary sciences student who knows what they want. The program’s build-your-own-degree structure allows you to tailor-make your course by mixing and matching subjects offered in postgraduate programs both within Veterinary Science and from other faculties.

Maybe you want to sharpen your skill set in a specific area of veterinary studies. Maybe you want to boost your job prospects in a particular field. Or maybe you need specific training for registration as a specialist. With the one-and-a-half-year Master of Veterinary Studies, you will acquire knowledge, applied skills and techniques in a way that best meets your personal career goals in veterinary science.

You will also be part of an internationally recognised leader in veterinary education with world-class clinics in urban and rural environments. Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney is ranked first in Australia and ninth in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject (2016).

The Master of Veterinary Studies can be completed on-campus or in combination with distance units taught in interactive online classrooms. Some units of study are offered face to face, in classroom, tutorial, and laboratory format, and some are supervised, practical units of study for which you must arrange supervision prior to enrolment. This is not, however, designed to be a fully distance program.

If you're an international student in Australia on a student visa, please note that you're able to undertake a maximum 12 credit points of online study toward your degree.

Please note that supervised clinical units of study are only available to students employed by the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in residency or intern programs. Please check with administrative staff by emailing vetsci.academicsupport@sydney.edu.au before choosing your program.

You will need to organise a research project supervisor prior to beginning the process of applying for this Master’s program. Offers to the program will only be issued after research project and supervisory arrangements have been made.

Please visit these links http://sydney.edu.au/vetscience/research/postgraduate/activities.shtml or http://sydney.edu.au/vetscience/research/themes.shtml for more information and guidance on approaching the appropriate academic staff about various research project options.

Embedded courses

Further course information

Capstone experience

A capstone experience comprises one or more units of study designed by the faculty to provide students with an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the award, synthesise this with their prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth. For the Master of Veterinary Studies all students complete a 6 to 24 credit point research project as a capstone experience.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The Veterinary Studies postgraduate courses at the University of Sydney are designed to equip veterinary scientists with disciplinary knowledge and applied skills and techniques. Students select units of study to best suit their individual career and/or research goals and this will lead to career opportunities in the area of study selected. Please refer to the graduate opportunities for the Animal Science, Wildlife and Population Management or Veterinary Public Health courses.

Further study

Postgraduate coursework in Veterinary Science provides an opportunity for students wishing to progress to a higher degree by research in veterinary science. The following research degrees are offered in Veterinary Science:
Master of Veterinary Science, Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies, Master of Science in Veterinary Science, Doctor of Philosophy

Other study options

Coursework units of study may be taken on a non-award basis for students wishing to explore a specific area of interest or support their research.

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Master in Veterinary Studies will:
a) hold an Australian Masters, Graduate Diploma or Honours Bachelor’s degree in veterinary, animal, biological or agricultural sciences or, an overseas equivalent OR;
(b) hold a Bachelor’s degree (Pass) in veterinary, animal, biological or agricultural sciences with a credit average (65%) or, an overseas equivalent OR;
(c) have completed the requirements of the University of Sydney Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in this discipline with a WAM of at least 70 in the first 24 credit points completed. Units completed in the Graduate Diploma/Graduate Certificate will be credited to the Masters.

All applicants must submit a statement regarding their intended study path and career plans with their application after consulting with academic supervisors.

Assumed knowledge: Variable assumed knowledge, depending on your subject selection.

All applicants are required to have secured research project supervision prior to beginning the process of applying for this Master’s program. Offers to the program will only be issued after research project and supervisory arrangements have been made.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. On-time applications for the March Semester close on 31 January. On-time applications for the July Semester close on 30 June. Late applications will be accepted, but priority is given to those who submit before the application deadline.

Ancillary expenses

Students in some units of study may be required to attend field trips, residentials or intensive, off-campus sessions which will require extra costs for accommodation, transport and catering through the event or session. Please check with unit of study coordinators regarding these activities before enrolling.

International students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. On-time applications for the March Semester close on 31 January. On-time applications for the July Semester close on 30 June. Late applications will be accepted, but priority is given to those who submit before the application deadline.

Ancillary expenses for international students

Students in some units of study may be required to attend field trips, residentials or intensive, off-campus sessions which will require extra costs for accommodation, transport and catering through the event or session. Please check with unit of study coordinators regarding these activities before enrolling.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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