Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Studies

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

The Graduate Diploma in 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-year Graduate Diploma in 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 Diploma in Veterinary Studies can be completed on-campus or in combination with distance units taught in interactive online classrooms. Once you’ve finished, you can continue on with the Master of Veterinary Studies. 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 are only able to undertake a maximum of 25% of your units in 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.

Further course information

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. Graduates select a program 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.

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Studies will:
(a) hold a bachelor’s degree, or higher award from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification, in veterinary science or animal science; or
(b) have completed the requirements of an embedded graduate certificate 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 staff in Veterinary Science before you apply.

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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