Veterinary Medicine at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS

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Course summary

The five-year Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S) programme will provide you with an exceptional learning experience and qualify you to practise veterinary medicine around the world. 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

Application codes

Course code:
D100
Institution code:
E56
Campus name:
Central area campus
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

All examination grades must be obtained at the first attempt of each subject. Those applying with resit qualifications will not be entered into the selection system unless under very exceptional circumstances (for which verified evidence has been provided prior to UCAS application). Deferred entry is not considered. No special concessions are made for mature, non-graduate applicants. In view of the competition for places, all applications must have achieved the same academic requirements as school-leaving applicants within the three-year period prior to the date of application. Graduate applicants: a UK 2:1 honours degree in an appropriate science subject. Graduates with a degree in a non-science subject can still apply for the five-year 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 the 4-year Graduate Entry Programme, 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. 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 31 July 2024 for the 5-year BVM&S programme. The School has a substantial number of North American candidates applying for both the four and five-year BVM&S degrees. 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. You can find out more about the application process and requirements for veterinary medicine in the BVM&S application guide booklet. https://www.ed.ac.uk/vet/studying/undergraduate/multimedia There are usually 72 places for UK applicants and 35 for international and graduate applicants each year. Competition for places is therefore extremely intense. The majority of applications are from candidates of high academic calibre. Unfortunately, meeting the 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. Applications with these details missing will not be considered.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.ed.ac.uk/ug/D100

Minimum Qualification Requirements

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. https://www.ed.ac.uk/vet/studying/undergraduate/healthquestionnaire

Interview

We interview around 600 applicants for the 5-year 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. https://www.ed.ac.uk/vet/studying/undergraduate/application-process/edvetinterviews

Other

Applicants should provide detailed information on their practical experience (number of days/weeks 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 BVM&S website to download the form and for further guidance on work experience. https://www.ed.ac.uk/vet/studying


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:

https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/undergraduate/entry-requirements/english-language


Student Outcomes

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90%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
95%
Go onto work and study

The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Scotland £1820* Year 1
EU £37500* Year 1
International £37500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Scotland Students must apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for payment of their tuition fees. EU On 9th July 2020 the decision was made by the Scottish Government to end free university tuition for European Union (EU) students starting in 2021-22. Funding policy for EU nationals and associated groups starting a course of study in academic year 2021-22 or later will be in line with international fees. International Full time international students will pay a fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their programme. Tuition for 2024 entry was £37,500, the amount for 2025 entry will be confirmed in Summer 2024.
Veterinary Medicine at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS