The University of Edinburgh

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Veterinary Medicine (Graduate Entry)

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Course summary

The Graduate Entry Programme (GEP) is a four-year programme. It allows graduates with a relevant first degree in a biological or animal science subject to attain a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S) degree and register as a veterinary surgeon. Graduation from this programme will make you eligible for registration with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), as well as international accrediting bodies. You will be able to practice veterinary medicine in the UK and overseas.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in a biological or animal science subject. Subjects studied MUST include Biology/Zoology, Physics, Biochemistry, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry and Mathematics/Statistics at C or better. Genetics, Microbiology and Cellular Biology, at C or better, are also strongly recommended. Applicants should provide detailed information on their practical experience (number of days/week spent and species worked with) in the appropriate section of their UCAS form. Candidates should be aware that the selectors can only take into account work already undertaken and not work planned. Applicants may receive an offer conditional on gaining further specified work experience. All UCAS candidates are required to complete and return a Work Experience Summary form (WES) to the Admissions Office prior to the deadline of 22 October. Please note that applications submitted without a WES will be considered incomplete. See the University of Edinburgh website to download the form and for further guidance on work experience. All candidates applying for the Graduate Entry Programme must submit a copy of their degree transcript showing subjects and grades achieved to date. The transcript should be submitted by 22 October. We require all applicants to demonstrate the level of English language competency required to succeed in their studies. If you are using an English language test that is not part of your school studies to meet our English language requirements, you must provide these results by 30 June 2022, for the 4-year Graduate Entry BVM&S Programme (August start), and 31 July 2022 for the 5-year BVM&S programme (September start). Candidates from North America who are set to complete an appropriate biological or animal science degree will be considered for the four-year programme. Canadian applicants should have gained high grades in the science subjects throughout their first degree. US applicants should have an overall minimum grade point average of 3.4 (4-point scale), with greater than 3.0 in completed science courses. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test are required (use institution code 0917 and department code 0617). The deadline for GRE scores to be submitted is 1 October. All North American graduate applications should be made through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). All North American high school graduate applicants should apply via UCAS. There are usually 60 places for graduate applicants each year. Competition for places is therefore intense. The majority of applications are from candidates of high academic calibre. Meeting the minimum academic entry requirements does not guarantee an offer. Each application is considered individually. Academic qualifications play an important part in the selection process but close attention is also given to non-academic factors, including work experience, motivation, interests and attainments. An interview forms part of the selection procedure for all offered places. We will consider late applications from graduate and international applicants for both the five-year and four-year degree normally up until 15 November each year. However, before making a formal application, you should contact the Admissions Team. Deferred entry is not considered. You can find out more about the application process and requirements for veterinary medicine on our website. Detailed entry requirements, including typical offer levels, and information about other qualifications we accept, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website. You’ll also find important information on how to apply. You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including full predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, your personal statement and your reference.

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Minimum Qualification Requirements

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Additional entry requirements

Health checks

The University has a responsibility to ensure that students studying on a degree that involves practical training in a clinical environment, and that leads to a professional registerable qualification, are fit to practise. This is assessed according to the requirements and standards of the profession the student wishes to enter. Students will be provided with further information on admission. Veterinary medicine is a practical subject and students must be able to handle and examine all animals safely and humanely. Applicants with a disability, health problem or allergy that may impact upon their ability to carry out practical procedures are invited to discuss this in confidence before making a formal application. All holders of Unconditional Firm offers are required to complete a Health Questionnaire prior to entry to the programme, regardless of whether a disability or health condition was declared on application or not. This can be found on the University of Edinburgh website.


We interview around 250 applicants for the 4-year Graduate Entry Programme each year. To be shortlisted for interview, applicants must normally score highly in all of these aspects of your application. Interviews normally take place between December and early March each year, exploring the information in the UCAS application and WES form, covering suitability for, and interest in, veterinary medicine and career exploration to date.


All UCAS candidates are required to complete and return a Work Experience Summary form (WES) to the Admissions Office prior to the deadline of 22 October. Please note that applications submitted without a WES will be considered incomplete. See the Vet School website to download the form and for further guidance on work experience.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7Total 7.0 with at least 7.0 in each component.
TOEFL (iBT)100Total 100 with at least 23 in each component (including Home Edition). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
Cambridge English AdvancedTotal 185 with at least 185 in each component.
Cambridge English ProficiencyTotal 185 with at least 185 in each component.
Trinity ISEISE III with passes in all four components.
PTE Academic70Total 70 with at least 70 in each component.

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence. For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher: SQA National 5 at C; SQA Standard Grade at 3; GCSE at C or 4; Level 2 Certificate at C or IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry). We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests. English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, Trinity ISE, or PTE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

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Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £34200* Year 1
International £34200* Year 1
England £34200* Year 1
Northern Ireland £34200* Year 1
Scotland £34200* Year 1
Wales £34200* Year 1
Channel Islands £34200* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £34200* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Additional costs/fee information Students will pay this fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their programme. Tuition fees for entry into the 2023-24 session will be confirmed in the Summer 2022.
Veterinary Medicine (Graduate Entry) at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS