Structure of the program


Most of the candidate’s learning in their discipline will be the veterinary teaching hospitals and involvement with working through patients’ cases in a manner that is relevant to their discipline (via the coursework MVetStud). The candidate will also undertake a significant research project in their discipline (via the research MVetClinStud).

The Master’s of Veterinary Studies

Is an ‘Advanced Learning’ coursework degree.
To complete the Master’s of Veterinary Studies the candidate must complete 48 credit points. These credit points are divided into units of study. Units of study are assessed by completing assessment tasks. Common assessment tasks for this program involve satisfactory performance in clinical duties, submission of a detailed case log, a case presentation etc.

While the Unit of Studies for each discipline will vary; a generic 48 credit point UoS pathway for many disciplines would be as follows:

Unit of Study code Credit points Unit of Study Title
VETS9014 12 Advanced clinical practice A
VETS9015 12 Advanced clinical practice B
VETS9017 12 Advanced clinical practice C
VETS9016 6 Veterinary training: related disciplines
VETS9013 6 Advanced Case Report in Veterinary Studies
Master’s of Veterinary Clinical Studies
  • Is a Master’s research degree. The research component will involve the candidate developing a research project in the relevant speciality area and the requirements in accordance with The University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011. This component is assessed by submission of a thesis or a ‘thesis by publication’.
  • It will be compulsory for the candidate to present their research at the Annual Postgraduate Conference (held November).
  • For a Master’s of Veterinary Clinical Studies that is considered to have been executed at a level where it is conceived that with another year of full-time work that the thesis has the potential to be examined as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) rather than at the Master’s level, then, at the discretion of the Faculty, the candidate may be offered additional time after the three year master’s program to submit their thesis as a PhD. However the Faculty is not obligated to provide a tax-exempt stipend after the three years of the combined Master’s program. If the Faculty has the funds to support an additional year of full-time research to convert the MVetClinStud thesis to a PhD thesis the tax exempt stipend will be paid at the current Australian Postgraduate Award (currently around $24,000 p.a.)
Suggested candidature progression (will differ between candidates)
    Year 1           Year 2         Year 3         
  Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 1 Sem 2

Research Master's Structure

Full Time Part Time Part Time Part Time Part Time

Full Time =

4 Full Time Semesters

    + + + +  

Coursework Master's Structure

  Part Time: 12 Credit points Part Time: 12 Credit points Part Time: 12 Credit points Part Time: 12 Credit points =48 CP
  Full Time Load Full Time Load Full Time Load Full Time Load Full Time Load Full Time Load

Residents will be required to fully participate in the day to day activities of their clinical discipline. Residents will be expected to participate in hospital rounds, will have some input into the learning of undergraduate veterinary students and veterinary interns, and be involved in provision of input to the continuing professional development of veterinary practitioners.

The academic year for this program is 48 weeks. Residents will be permitted a week of additional conference leave per annum.
For further information regarding this program please refer to the students’ website.