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Masters (Coursework)

Parkville
The Master of Veterinary Science (MVSc) is a graduate research degree that can be undertaken in any of the Faculty's veterinary science research areas.
Duration
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Study Mode
In person
Graduate Satisfaction
78.20%

Masters (Coursework)

Perth
If you are a veterinarian looking to gain expertise in Conservation Medicine, this course will provide you with training and knowledge that can be applied in private practice, zoos and wildlife conservation projects.
Duration
1 year full-time

Doctorate (PhD)

Perth
This comprehensive research program provides an advanced level of postgraduate study in veterinary science with a high degree of specialisation in a selected area.
Entry Requirements
Entry requirements

Select which option best describes your path to university :

Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum English requirement
University study

4 units successfully completed at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA). Entry will also be based on a personal statement and evidence of animal related experience.


Successful completion of at least 2 years.
University study
Minimum academic requirement

4 units successfully completed at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA). Entry will also be based on a personal statement and evidence of animal related experience.


Minimum English requirement

Successful completion of at least 2 years.
Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum English requirement
Overseas Year 12
Please refer to the information under the country of study.
Please refer to the information under the country of study.
Western Australian Universities Foundation Program (WAUFP)
CPS 85 or higher.
75% in English Language and Australian Cultural Studies (ELACS).
Minimum Selection Rank (WA/ACT/NSW/NT/SA/TAS/VIC)
94

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following (or interstate equivalent):

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

Or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.

Or evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic applicants only).

Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
Overall Position (OP) of 2 or lower.

Sound Achievement (4) or better in a Queensland Studies Authority approved subject of one of the following:

  • English
  • English Extension (Literature)
  • English for ESL Learners.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).


Extenuating circumstances

Extenuating circumstances will not be granted for direct entry into the Veterinary Science program. If you have extenuating circumstances please apply for a pathway course in Animal Health or Animal Science.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Total score of 38 or higher.

Higher level (HL): 7 or better.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).


GCE A Levels

Aggregate of 15 points from:
  • A maximum of the best three A-level subjects; OR
  • A combination of A-level and AS-level subjects

At least two A-level subjects are included in the calculation

AS-level subject attempted at A-level is not eligible to be included

A-level grades (A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1)

AS-level grades (A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5)

A Levels:
C in English Language or English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.
AS Level:
B in English Language or English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.

Overseas Year 12
Minimum academic requirement
Please refer to the information under the country of study.
Minimum English requirement
Please refer to the information under the country of study.
Western Australian Universities Foundation Program (WAUFP)
Minimum academic requirement
CPS 85 or higher.
Minimum English requirement
75% in English Language and Australian Cultural Studies (ELACS).
Minimum Selection Rank (WA/ACT/NSW/NT/SA/TAS/VIC)
Minimum academic requirement
94
Minimum English requirement

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following (or interstate equivalent):

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

Or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.

Or evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic applicants only).

Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
Minimum academic requirement
Overall Position (OP) of 2 or lower.
Minimum English requirement

Sound Achievement (4) or better in a Queensland Studies Authority approved subject of one of the following:

  • English
  • English Extension (Literature)
  • English for ESL Learners.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).


Extenuating circumstances
Minimum academic requirement

Extenuating circumstances will not be granted for direct entry into the Veterinary Science program. If you have extenuating circumstances please apply for a pathway course in Animal Health or Animal Science.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
Minimum academic requirement

Total score of 38 or higher.

Minimum English requirement

Higher level (HL): 7 or better.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).


GCE A Levels
Minimum academic requirement

Aggregate of 15 points from:

  • A maximum of the best three A-level subjects; OR
  • A combination of A-level and AS-level subjects

At least two A-level subjects are included in the calculation

AS-level subject attempted at A-level is not eligible to be included

A-level grades (A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1)

AS-level grades (A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5)

Minimum English requirement

A Levels:
C in English Language or English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.
AS Level:
B in English Language or English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.

Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum English requirement
AQF Certificate Level
No direct entry.
No direct entry.
AQF Certificate Level
Minimum academic requirement
No direct entry.
Minimum English requirement
No direct entry.
Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum English requirement
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
No direct entry.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Written English Score of 140 (145 if taken prior to May 2010).

Mature Age Pathway (MAP)
No direct entry - consider Animal Science pathway.
No direct entry.
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
Minimum academic requirement
No direct entry.
Minimum English requirement

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Written English Score of 140 (145 if taken prior to May 2010).

Mature Age Pathway (MAP)
Minimum academic requirement
No direct entry - consider Animal Science pathway.
Minimum English requirement
No direct entry.
To be eligible for admission as a candidate for a Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science, an applicant must have: *Bachelor Degree in Veterinary Science with at least a 2A Honours normally in the same discipline (AQF level 8); ora Bachelor Degree in Veterinary Science (AQF level 7) and satisfy the Dean of Graduate Research with evidence of substantive and significant scholarly or professional attainments including satisfactory research preparation the equivalent of AQF level 8 or 9.
English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which for most courses can be demonstrated by providing evidence that you have completed Year 11 and 12 in Australia at any level if you are a domestic student, or through either English proficiency tests, university preparation courses, English language courses, previous tertiary study or vocational education.

Advanced Standing

Not applicable to research courses.

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai and Singapore campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Not applicable to research courses.

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai and Singapore campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Progress to fees and scholarships
Duration
3 years full-time
Domestic Tuition Fees
$111,664 total
International Tuition Fees
$111,664 total

Masters (Coursework)

Werribee
The Master of Veterinary Science (Clinical) is a clinically-focused graduate research degree that can be undertaken in a range of specialist research areas. It's offered concurrently with the Master of Veterinary Studies as part of the Clinical Residency Training Program.
Study Mode
In person
Graduate Satisfaction
78.20%

Masters (Coursework)

Parkville
The Master of Philosophy (Veterinary Science) is an internationally recognised masters (by research) degree. It is designed to help develop advanced skills in carrying out independent and sustained research in veterinary science.
Duration
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Study Mode
In person
Graduate Satisfaction
78.20%

Masters (Coursework)

Perth
This course provides veterinarians in a residency training program with intense clinical instruction using case material from the Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital.
Entry Requirements
Entry requirements

Select which option best describes your path to university :

Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum English requirement
University study

4 units successfully completed at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA). Entry will also be based on a personal statement and evidence of animal related experience.


Successful completion of at least 2 years.
University study
Minimum academic requirement

4 units successfully completed at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA). Entry will also be based on a personal statement and evidence of animal related experience.


Minimum English requirement

Successful completion of at least 2 years.
Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum English requirement
Overseas Year 12
Please refer to the information under the country of study.
Please refer to the information under the country of study.
Western Australian Universities Foundation Program (WAUFP)
CPS 85 or higher.
75% in English Language and Australian Cultural Studies (ELACS).
Minimum Selection Rank (WA/ACT/NSW/NT/SA/TAS/VIC)
94

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following (or interstate equivalent):

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

Or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.

Or evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic applicants only).

Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
Overall Position (OP) of 2 or lower.

Sound Achievement (4) or better in a Queensland Studies Authority approved subject of one of the following:

  • English
  • English Extension (Literature)
  • English for ESL Learners.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).


Extenuating circumstances

Extenuating circumstances will not be granted for direct entry into the Veterinary Science program. If you have extenuating circumstances please apply for a pathway course in Animal Health or Animal Science.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Total score of 38 or higher.

Higher level (HL): 7 or better.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).


GCE A Levels

Aggregate of 15 points from:
  • A maximum of the best three A-level subjects; OR
  • A combination of A-level and AS-level subjects

At least two A-level subjects are included in the calculation

AS-level subject attempted at A-level is not eligible to be included

A-level grades (A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1)

AS-level grades (A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5)

A Levels:
C in English Language or English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.
AS Level:
B in English Language or English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.

Overseas Year 12
Minimum academic requirement
Please refer to the information under the country of study.
Minimum English requirement
Please refer to the information under the country of study.
Western Australian Universities Foundation Program (WAUFP)
Minimum academic requirement
CPS 85 or higher.
Minimum English requirement
75% in English Language and Australian Cultural Studies (ELACS).
Minimum Selection Rank (WA/ACT/NSW/NT/SA/TAS/VIC)
Minimum academic requirement
94
Minimum English requirement

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following (or interstate equivalent):

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

Or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.

Or evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic applicants only).

Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
Minimum academic requirement
Overall Position (OP) of 2 or lower.
Minimum English requirement

Sound Achievement (4) or better in a Queensland Studies Authority approved subject of one of the following:

  • English
  • English Extension (Literature)
  • English for ESL Learners.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).


Extenuating circumstances
Minimum academic requirement

Extenuating circumstances will not be granted for direct entry into the Veterinary Science program. If you have extenuating circumstances please apply for a pathway course in Animal Health or Animal Science.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
Minimum academic requirement

Total score of 38 or higher.

Minimum English requirement

Higher level (HL): 7 or better.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).


GCE A Levels
Minimum academic requirement

Aggregate of 15 points from:

  • A maximum of the best three A-level subjects; OR
  • A combination of A-level and AS-level subjects

At least two A-level subjects are included in the calculation

AS-level subject attempted at A-level is not eligible to be included

A-level grades (A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1)

AS-level grades (A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5)

Minimum English requirement

A Levels:
C in English Language or English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.
AS Level:
B in English Language or English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry.

Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum English requirement
AQF Certificate Level
No direct entry.
No direct entry.
AQF Certificate Level
Minimum academic requirement
No direct entry.
Minimum English requirement
No direct entry.
Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum English requirement
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
No direct entry.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Written English Score of 140 (145 if taken prior to May 2010).

Mature Age Pathway (MAP)
No direct entry - consider Animal Science pathway.
No direct entry.
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
Minimum academic requirement
No direct entry.
Minimum English requirement

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Written English Score of 140 (145 if taken prior to May 2010).

Mature Age Pathway (MAP)
Minimum academic requirement
No direct entry - consider Animal Science pathway.
Minimum English requirement
No direct entry.
Current registration as a Veterinary Surgeon in Australia or recognised qualifications that would permit registration as a Veterinary Surgeon in Australia; plus acceptance into a Residency Training Program in the College of Veterinary Medicine; plus approval of the Academic Chair.
English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which for most courses can be demonstrated by providing evidence that you have completed Year 11 and 12 in Australia at any level if you are a domestic student, or through either English proficiency tests, university preparation courses, English language courses, previous tertiary study or vocational education.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you've already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

Find out more

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai and Singapore campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you've already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

Find out more

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai and Singapore campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Progress to fees and scholarships
Duration
1.5 years full-time
Domestic Tuition Fees
$80,820 total
International Tuition Fees
$80,820 total

Masters (Coursework)

Camperdown/Darlington, Camden
In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in 2021 and 2022. Students commencing this course in 2021 and 2022 are required to commence their studies in-person on campus.
Entry Requirements

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 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 reference reports
  • cover letter outlining your reasons for applying
  • research proposal
  • 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 permanent resident visa)
  • English language qualifications (if your prior study was completed at an institution where English is not the medium of instruction).
Duration
4 years full-time
Study Mode
In person
Graduate Satisfaction
75.00%

Doctorate (PhD)

Parkville
A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Veterinary Science helps you demonstrate academic leadership, increasing independence, creativity and innovation in your research work.
Duration
4 years full-time, 8 years part-time
Study Mode
In person
Graduate Satisfaction
78.20%

Masters (Coursework)

Wagga Wagga
Enhance your professional practice and advance your veterinary career with the Master of Veterinary Studies from Charles Sturt University.
Intake Months
Mar, Jul
Duration
1.5 years full-time
Study Mode
In person, Online

Doctorate (PhD)

Wagga Wagga
Establish yourself as an expert in the management, care and welfare of animals.
Intake Months
Mar, Jul
Study Mode
In person

Veterinary Science Courses overview

Veterinary science concerns the diagnosis and treatment of injured or sick animals. Professionals in this field either work to restore animals to health, or conduct research to improve veterinary practice. Postgraduate study provides an in-depth look into diagnostic laboratory techniques, molecular genetics, variations in animal physiology and more. Higher programs often consist of a thesis or large research paper.

Humans have depended on animals for thousands of years, so the necessity to keep them healthy has endured equally as long. The Papyrus of Kahun is an exemplary document from the twelfth dynasty of ancient Egypt, being a nearly four thousand year old record of veterinary practice. It took thousands of years for the field to develop into what we know today, beginning in 1762 when Claude Bourgelat founded the first veterinary school. Published works by the likes of James Clark and animal treatment initiatives by people like Thomas Burgess saw the 18th and 19th centuries flourish with animal welfare activity.

Modern veterinary scientists and medical professionals now take compassionate animal treatment as a given. Through the use of cutting-edge practice and technology, animal well-being is upheld to the utmost extent wherever possible.

Is veterinary science for me?

This is a field for animal lovers with a great deal of discipline. There is an extraordinary amount to be learned about various animals and their physiology. Veterinary scientists, unlike medical doctors, need to have a comprehensive understanding of multiple different species to be effective. If your devotion to animal welfare knows no bounds, veterinary science could be for you.

Study pathway

Veterinary science can be taken all the way up to PhD level, with graduate certificates, diplomas and master degrees being available in different areas of interest.

Graduate certificates like those from the University of Queensland are designed to provide a succinct learning experience, taking six months of full time study to complete. Students can expect to learn about animal biosecurity, molecular imaging and more coupled with multiple units in an advanced topic of their choice. These programs build upon prior knowledge, requiring a bachelor degree in veterinary sciences. This particular course allows non-veterinary science graduates entry so long as they have five years of relevant work experience, which is an option granted in a similar fashion by other institutions.

Graduate diplomas are twice as long, taking one year of full time study to complete or up to two years if part time. Institutions like the University of Queensland offer these programs to students with a clear idea of where they want to take their career, making them highly customisable and flexible. This program requires students to have completed a bachelor of veterinary sciences beforehand. Unlike graduate certificates, work experience is not an adequate substitute for entry.

Master degrees are essentially two concurrent programs in one; students must write an extensive thesis in parallel with practical coursework. The University of Melbourne offer such courses to students who have attained an honours level bachelor degree in veterinary sciences. Those admitted can expect to learn a great deal from spending time in a veterinary hospital. In addition to having an honours degree, students must also present their CV to a committee for review, but this requirement will vary between institutions.

PhD programs represent the highest level of expertise, with institutions like the University of Melbourne offering the chance to engage in high level research regarding a chosen portion of veterinary science. There is also the option of going into a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) through the University of Sydney and others, which is the necessary qualification to become a veterinary physician. There are considerable entry requirements for both, which can include:

  • A prior honours degree in veterinary science
  • Distinction level GPA (75%) attained in prior study
  • Evidence of research ability
  • An accepted proposal of what the applicant intends to research

These programs take three to four years of full time study to complete, or up to eight years part time.

Employment options

Veterinary surgeon

These professionals provide wounded or sick animals with medical or surgical treatment using their specialised knowledge. This career is the most common, as their qualification is primarily a means to this end. The Australian Veterinary Association is the leading professional institution, providing networking and employment opportunities to its members. Clinics across the country like Hawthorn Veterinary Hospital and Noah’s Crossing Veterinary Clinic need capable veterinary surgeons to function.

Veterinary teacher

For those at the highest levels of veterinary knowledge, teaching future veterinary surgeons can be a rewarding career. Top veterinary programs at James Cook or Murdoch thrive by the grace of skilled teachers.

Veterinary researcher

Facilities around the country require skilled researchers with a background in veterinary science to develop the field. Professionals in this field know there’s always more to be learned, so do their utmost to continue that search.

Specialisations

There are a number of career specialisations available, particularly to veterinary surgeons. The following are just some of these:

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