Veterinary Medicine

The University of Edinburgh

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

Veterinary medicine at Edinburgh mixes the best traditions with award-winning, progressive teaching. Our outstanding hospitals and teaching facilities provide an excellent environment to develop your practical and clinical skills. The five-year Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S) programme will prepare you for many aspects of the veterinary profession. We offer many opportunities to take part in biological research as part of our vibrant research community. You will learn valuable communication, team-building and management skills and keep a personal and professional development portfolio throughout the BVM&S programme to record elements of study in the professional and clinical skills course. In addition to clinical training, the programme provides an excellent foundation for a career in fields such as academia, research or industry. We’re consistently ranked one of the top veterinary schools. We’re 1st in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2018 and the Times 2018 veterinary subject league tables. We’re 4th in the world in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017 and 8th in the world in the QS World University Ranking by subject 2017. We are accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC), the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC), and the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) meaning our graduates can expect career opportunities worldwide. Our Easter Bush Campus has the largest concentration of animal science expertise in Europe, which offers you the benefit of clinical expertise on-site.

Course details

How to apply

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

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 October

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeD100
Institution code E56
Campus nameCentral area campus
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level AAA Required subjects: A Level: Chemistry, Biology and a subject approved for entry to the veterinary programme at grade A. If Physics has not been studied to A Level, a good pass is required at GCSE. Please note that General Studies and Critical Thinking are not considered as a third subject.
Scottish Higher AAAAB These grades must be achieved at Higher by end of S5 and BB at Advanced Higher. Required subjects: Advanced Highers: Chemistry and another science subject at grade B. Higher: Chemistry and Biology at grade A, and either Mathematics or Physics ar grade B. If Biology has not been studied in fifth year, it should be taken in sixth year at Higher. If a science subject is not able to be taken in S5, we can accept the subject in S6 providing five Highers have been taken prior to S6. If Physics has not previously been studied at National 5 or Higher, it should be studied in sixth year at either National 5, Intermediate 2 or Higher.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 38 points Award of Diploma with 38 points (including TOK/EE) with 666 at HL. Required subjects: HL: Chemistry and Biology at grade 6. If Physics is not taken at HL, then competency in this subject must be demonstrated at a lower level (GCSE or equivalent). Candidates should contact the Undergraduate veterinary admissions office directly for advice.

Full, detailed entry requirements including English language requirements and other accepted qualifications, including international qualifications, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website along with 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. 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. Graduates with a degree in a non-science subject can apply for this programme but must have gained high grades in school-level science qualifications in Chemistry and Biology. Graduates with a science degree but with not enough key core science subjects covered and achieved at a high enough standard for our 4-year Graduate Entry Programme (D102), will be considered for the 5-year programme only. Graduate applicants accepted on to the course will have to pay fees on a full-cost basis. All candidates applying with a first degree or international qualifications must submit a copy of their transcript showing subjects and grades achieved to date. The transcript should be submitted by 22 October.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information

We have minimum entry requirements for widening access students, you can find information on the BVM&S website.

Additional entry requirements

Health checks

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.



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 website to download the form and for further guidance on work experience.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
EU £1820* Year 1
Scotland £1820* Year 1
International £32850 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

England/Wales/Northern Ireland - The Rest of UK (RUK) rate is yet to be confirmed and was £9,250 for 2019 entry. For 2020 entry this may increase in line with inflation and will be subject to government limits. Scotland - The 2020 fee rate is expected to be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2020. Students must apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for payment of their tuition fees. EU -2020 entry EU students will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students, will retain that status for the duration of their studies, and are eligible for tuition fee support from the Scottish Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). International - Full time international students will pay this fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their programme. For up-to-date information
Veterinary Medicine at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS