Veterinary Medicine (Graduate Entry) at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS

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. This programme is consistently ranked among the top vet schools in the UK and overseas and is located on a campus with some of the highest concentration of animal science expertise in Europe. Graduates of this degree may practise in the UK and Ireland following registration with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI). Graduates may also practise in North America and Europe depending on local requirements such as sitting and passing the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

A UK 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 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. All candidates must submit a copy of their degree transcript showing subjects and grades achieved to date. The transcript should be submitted by 22 October. All applicants must 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 2024. 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). Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test are not required. All North American graduate applications should be made through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) on the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges website. All North American high school graduate applicants should apply via UCAS. Deferred entry is not considered. You can find out more about the application process and requirements for veterinary medicine in the BVM&S applications guide booklet. 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. Unfortunately, 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. 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

Additional entry requirements

Health checks

The University has a responsibility to ensure that students studying on a programme 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.


We interview around 250 applicants for the Graduate Entry Programme each year. To be shortlisted for interview, applicants must normally score highly in all aspects of their 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.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7Total 7.0 with at least 7.0 in each component. We do not accept IELTS One Skill Retake to meet our English language requirements.
TOEFL (iBT)100Total 100 with at least 23 in each component. 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 Academic7373 overall with at least 73 in each component. We do not accept PTE Academic Online.

Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies. 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; SQA Intermediate 1 at A; SQA Intermediate 2 at C; GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4; Level 2 Certificate Grade C or IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry). Unless you are a national of a majority English speaking country, your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start of the month in which the degree you are applying to study begins. If you are using an IELTS, PTE Academic, TOEFL or Trinity ISE test, it must be no more than two years old on the first of the month in which the degree begins, regardless of your nationality.

Full details of our English language requirements can be found on our website:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £39700 Year 1
International £39700 Year 1
England £39700 Year 1
Northern Ireland £39700 Year 1
Scotland £39700 Year 1
Wales £39700 Year 1
Channel Islands £39700 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £39700 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Additional costs/fee information Full time international students will pay a fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their programme.
Veterinary Medicine (Graduate Entry) at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS