The PGCert Veterinary Medicine and Surgery is a 12 month full-time taught programme aimed at new and recent veterinary graduates. It provides focused training in the candidates chosen clinical subject area. This is facilitated by appropriate exposure to clinical case load and scholarly activity, including the submission of a clinically-based research project, a clinical portfolio and clinical case report. All students are allocated a clinical supervisor or supervisors from the school who oversee the programme. Teaching is undertaken in appropriate clinical settings. The PGCert is distinct from the RCVS CertAVP and is not approved for inclusion in the RCVS register.
Studentships (internships), providing full fees and a tax-free stipend are currently available at the following clinical associate practices:
Scarsdale Veterinary Group (Farm animal medicine and surgery)
Next advertised in April 2014
Pride Veterinary Centre (Small animal medicine and surgery) http://www.prideveterinarycentre.co.uk/
Next advertised in March 2015
Oakham Veterinary Hospital (Equine medicine and surgery) http://www.oakhamvethospital.co.uk/
How to apply
These studentships are advertised annually and all applications are undertaken using the online application process. Applicants should select postgraduate certificate (PGCert) under taught courses and must indicate the clinical subject area and clinic (eg PGCert Equine Oakham) at the beginning of their personal statement. A curriculum vitae and covering letter should be attached. Any queries regarding the application process should be addressed to the Postgraduate Admissions Officer (e: email@example.com).
Applicants must hold a veterinary degree and be members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
English language requirements:
If your first language is not English, we may require evidence of your competence in English. If evidence of competence is required we will accept:
IELTS: 7.5 (with no less than 7.0 in any element)
TOEFL iBT: 109 (with no less than 25 in any element)
Applicants for the scholarships (interns) must be eligible for UK or EU higher education tuition fees. To access a list of FAQs and general advice about home/EU and international fee status, please visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website at: www.ukcosa.org.uk/student/fees_student_support.php
Students are required to complete clinical practice (training and study) under the direct supervision of specialist academic or non-academic staff. Students will spend between 75% and 85% of their time engaged in supervised clinical activities. Clinical training is through the management of cases under the supervision and will provide candidates with experience in their chosen field, and provide exposure to an appropriate clinical caseload. Students will gain comprehensive experience in all aspects of the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients in a chosen area of speciality, and will be provided with an opportunity to undertake research into their area of interest.
The course is assessed by three components
Dissertation: 8,000 word dissertation on a clinical subject covering the chosen speciality (based on clincal training, study and research)
Clinical portfolio: A clinical portfolio to evidence the clinical training within the chosen speciality
Clinical case report: A clinical case report in the style of a publication for a peer reviewed journal
For further details on our modules, please see the module catalogue.
Your tuition fees will vary according to whether you study as a full- or part-time student and are categorised as a non-EU international or home/EU student for the purpose of fees.
You should remember that as well as paying tuition fees to the University, you will need to find living expenses. We estimate that it will cost you approximately £800 a month to live in Nottingham. This covers accommodation, subsistence, buying books and clothes and some entertainment. This figure is indicative and may be different depending on your lifestyle.
To access fee information for this course, please visit the main University fees information page.
In 2011, among our postgraduates available for employment, the average starting salary was £34,750 with the highest being £50,000. Career destinations for our graduates include scientific researchers, secondary teachers, university lectures and university researchers.
Average starting salary and career progression
Availability for employment and salary data for the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science is not attainable due to a small sample size.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2011/12.
Career prospects and employability
The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.