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Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies

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Overview

The Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies provides clinical veterinarians the opportunity to conduct advanced clinical research at the University of Sydney, which is ranked first in Australia and ninth in the world for veterinary science. From research in preclinical, paraclinical and clinical disciplines, to animal health, animal husbandry, nutrition, anatomy and animal genetics, the degree will give you the opportunity to develop a research project with global significance.

A Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies can be completed in either one or two years, depending on what suits you best, and culminates in a thesis written about your particular research subject. You can choose to pursue research from five areas of expertise:

  • animal health
  • animal husbandry
  • nutrition
  • anatomy
  • animal genetics

For postgraduate research in veterinary science, there is no better place to train than the University of Sydney. Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney is ranked first in Australia and eleventh in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2017), and has been given a maximum score of 5 in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) federal government scheme for the veterinary sciences field of research. And, we are one of the few schools outside North America to receive accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). These numbers mean that as a Masters candidate in our faculty, your research will thrive in a multi-disciplinary environment with global significance.

The international research profile of veterinary science at the University of Sydney gives you the opportunity to conduct work with real impact. You will work alongside researchers who are addressing challenges that are of the utmost concern to society: solving problems in food security, elucidating the connections between animal and human health, and improving health of our ecosystems and wildlife. 

In our urban and rural faculty clinics (Camperdown and Camden) you will have access to world-class facilities that support research in feline and canine epidemiology, disease diagnosis and control. 

As well as an environment of high-level research performance, your Masters studies will benefit from strong guidance, inclusion and support at both personal and professional levels. The faculty encourages students to develop high-level communication skills and present their research for international recognition. And, our strong links to the production animal industries, welfare organisations and the veterinary profession will provide you with a network that will enrich you career opportunities beyond.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

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How to apply

Research areas

Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies candidates may undertake research in one of the following areas:

  • animal health
  • animal husbandry
  • nutrition
  • anatomy
  • animal genetics.

Applying for admission

  1. Find a supervisor within the University whose academic background aligns with your research. You may visit Research Supervisor Connect to start.
  2. Contact a research supervisor through Research Supervisor Connect and provide: your academic/educational background and research experience with examples such as an academic transcript your CV/resume the area of interest for your PhD why you believe your research topics align with this supervisor
  3. In conjunction with your supervisor, develop a research proposal, 2-4 pages in length that outlines the subject area, objectives and significance of your research. More information .
  4. International applicants require two academic referee reports , each one written by a referee who is familiar with your previous academic achievements.
  5. If you intend to study part-time towards a PhD (international student visa holders must enroll full-time), you will also need to supply: evidence that shows you will have sufficient time available to plan and carry out the research under the supervision of the University, and complete the course within the maximum period allowed for a part-time PhD enrolment a declaration from your employer (if relevant) confirming that you will be permitted to take the time required to effectively pursue your studies.
  6. Submit your application along with your research proposal, CV, academic referee reports, academic transcripts, supporting evidence (where required) and other supporting documents such as identification and evidence of residency status. Applications are made via the University's online application portal.
  7. When you are ready to apply, select the `Apply Now' button on the right hand side of this page.

Please note: Except for IPRS and UsydIS scholarships for international students, you must complete a separate scholarship application.

Completion requirement

Thesis submission requirements and examination procedure as set out in the Academic Board resolutions for this course and the Higher Degree (HDR) Rule 2011.

Admission requirement

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Clinical Veterinary Science, you must have completed the equivalent of a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Additional application requirements

You will be required to upload all of the following documents when you submit your application:

  • certified academic transcripts for all your previous tertiary study, if they were not completed at the University of Sydney
  • CV, providing a summary of your work experience
  • two academic references (international applicants)
  • statement for capacity to undertake part-time candidature (if applicable –domestic applicants)
  • cover letter outlining your reasons for applying
  • research proposal
  • statement of capacity to undertake part-time candidature (if applicable –domestic applicants)
  • evidence that your supervisor supports your application. This can be PDF copies of emails between you and your supervisor
  • proof of your Australian residency status (a certified copy of the main page your Australian passport, or a certified copy of the main page(s) of your own passport with evidence of your visa)
  • English language qualifications (if your prior study was completed at an institution where English is not the medium of instruction).
Career pathways & prospects
Future study options

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 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 increase


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.

Domestic Higher Degree by Research Student fee information


Commencing 1 January 2017, the Research Training Program (RTP) has been introduced by the Australian Government to support postgraduate research scholarships. The RTP enables the University to award eligible domestic and international Higher Degree by Research students (RTP Students) with a RTP Fees Offset, which is a type of RTP Scholarship. This RTP Scholarship is to assist with tuition fees that would otherwise be payable by students. The University's allocation of funding under the RTP is governed by the Higher Education Support Act 2003 and the Commonwealth Scholarship Guidelines (Research) 2017 (as may be amended or replaced from time to time) and relevant Conditions of Grant prescribed by the Government (Relevant Laws).
A student's continued eligibility is subject to Relevant Laws and University rules, policies and procedures (as may be amended or replaced from time to time). A RTP Fees Offset entitles a student (depending on their course) to a period of tuition fee support for either up to a maximum of four years full-time equivalent study for a Doctorate by Research, or up to a maximum of two years of full-time equivalent study for a Master's by Research from the course of study commencement date. Different periods of support apply for a part-time student as set out in University policy and procedures. Please note that, when a student has exhausted the maximum period of support under this RTP Scholarship, or they do not comply with a requirement of the RTP Scholarship as set out in University policy and procedures, the University must terminate the Scholarship. If the student wishes to continue their candidature in the same degree (and they are approved to do so), they will be transferred to a domestic fee paying place and may be liable for tuition fees at a rate determined by the University at the time.
Please note that a student's award of, and continued entitlement to, the RTP Scholarship is subject to change consistent with Relevant Laws and University rules, policies and procedures (as may be amended and replaced from time to time). The University determines the allocation of this Government support and the processes by which this support is managed.
Please consult the Australian Government's website at: https://www.education.gov.au/research-training-program for information on RTP Scholarships and eligibility requirements.

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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. 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 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 costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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, MasterCard or American Express. 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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