Master of Veterinary Studies

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

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.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan


A candidate for the Master of Veterinary Studies will satisfactorily complete units of study granting 48 credit points (cp), including core and elective units of study, which may include up to 12cp towards a supervised research project.

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 12 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 (offered in the Faculty of Science) 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.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

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

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

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

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to 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 fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

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.

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 for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.