Veterinary Medicine and Surgery PGCert


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Qualification name:Veterinary Medicine
Duration:1 year full-time
Start date:September and January
Campus:Sutton Bonington

Course Overview

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:

Pride Veterinary Centre (Small animal medicine and surgery) http://www.prideveterinarycentre.co.uk/

Oakham Veterinary Hospital (Equine medicine and surgery) http://www.oakhamvethospital.co.uk/

Dick White Referrals

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: postgrad-vet@nottingham.ac.uk).

Further guidance on the application process


Applicants must hold a veterinary degree and be members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.  Prospective graduates will be considered, but all veterinary graduates MUST have their MRCVS number for application.

Graduates with less than 2 years post graduate clinical experience must include evidence that, as an undergraduate, they undertook at least 26 weeks of extramural clinical placements (outside the curriculum) or equivalent experience.  Graduates from UK and Ireland do not need to provide this evidence since the degree is evidence of this requirement.

Graduates from the EU or EAA must be graduates from an EAEVE approved or accredited veterinary school to be eligible.

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)

Pearson Test of English (Academic):  73 (minimum 67) 


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 

Course Details

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

In 2013, the average starting salary was £29,666 with the highest being £31,000. Availability for employment is not attainable due to a small sample size.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2012/13.

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.  


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The University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Sutton Bonington
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