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 is a highly flexible program for applicants in animal and veterinary science who would like to create their own degree from the units of study on offer in postgraduate programs both within Veterinary Science and from related programs in other faculties. You may choose to undertake the Master of Veterinary Studies 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 Teaching Hospital in residency or intern programs. Please check with administrative staff by emailing vetscience.pgcinfo@sydney.edu.au before choosing your program.

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 at the Faculty of 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 the Faculty of 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 a bachelor’s degree (with Honours) or higher award with a minimum credit average from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification, in veterinary science or animal science; or (b) have completed requirements of an embedded graduate certificate or graduate diploma in this discipline from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification.
All applicants must submit a statement regarding their intended study path and career plans with their application after consulting with academic supervisors.
The course will have variable assumed knowledge, depending on your subject selection. Please discuss your options with the Faculty of Veterinary Science before you apply.

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.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Veterinary Studies.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Veterinary Studies.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee not available for Master of Veterinary Studies.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee not available for Master of Veterinary Studies.

Additional incidental fees

Additional incidental fees not available for Master of Veterinary Studies.

Potential for inaccuracy

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Master of Veterinary Studies.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students not available for Master of Veterinary Studies.

Annual review

Annual review not available for Master of Veterinary Studies.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

Additional incidental fees and health insurance not available for Master of Veterinary Studies.

Potential for inaccuracy

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Master of Veterinary Studies.

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