Higher Research Degrees


Master of Science in Veterinary Science (MScVet)

A candidate for this degree shall complete such units of study as are prescribed by the head of the department concerned and carry out research under the guidance of a supervisor for a minimum time period of 4 full time semesters or 2 years. A thesis must be submitted, embodying the results of this research.

Entry requires:

- Bachelor's degree with honours first or second class

Applicants holding the degree of Bachelor of The University of Sydney without honours but who have completed work equivalent to a degree of bachelor with honours or who have passed a preliminary examination or examinations as prescribed by the Faculty may be accepted as candidates.
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Master of Veterinary Science (MVSc)

A candidate for this degree shall complete such units of study as are prescribed by the head of the department concerned and carry out research under the guidance of a supervisor for a minimum time period of 4 full time semesters or 2 years. A thesis must be submitted, embodying the results of this research.

Entry requires:

- Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Graduates in veterinary science from other universities may also, with the approval of the Faculty and the Academic Board, be admitted as candidates
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Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies (MVetClinStud)

A candidate for this degree shall, for at least two years, engage in full-time supervised advanced veterinary clinical study and research and submit a thesis embodying the results of an original investigation.

Entry requires:

- Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Graduates in veterinary science from other universities may also, with the approval of the Faculty and the Academic Board, be admitted as candidates. Candidates shall be registrable by the Board of Veterinary Surgeons of New South Wales, unless exempted by the Faculty.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Vet Science)

The degree may be taken on either a full-time or part-time basis. In the case of full-time candidates, the minimum period of candidature is two years for candidates holding a master's degree or equivalent, or three years in the case of those holding a bachelor's degree with first class or second class honours. The maximum period of candidature is normally five years. Part-time candidature may be approved for applicants who can demonstrate that they are engaged in an occupation or other activity which leaves them substantially free to pursue their candidature for the degree. Normally the minimum period of candidature will be determined on the recommendation of the Faculty but in any case will not be less than three years; the maximum period of candidature is normally seven years.

Entry requires (one of the following):

- Master of Veterinary Science
- Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies
- Master of Science in Veterinary Science or
- Bachelor of Veterinary Science with Honours

Applicants not having an honours degree may be accepted as candidates after passing a qualifying examination. Graduates of other universities may also be admitted as candidates provided that their qualifications satisfy the Academic Board of The University of Sydney.
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Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc)

The degree of Doctor of Veterinary Science is not conferred until the candidate is a graduate of eight years' standing from the degree that qualified him or her for candidature.

The degree is awarded for published work that is recognised by scholars as a distinguished contribution to knowledge.