Veterinary Surgery DVetSurg

   
  

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Qualification
DVetSurg Veterinary Surgery
Duration
3 years full-time
Entry requirements

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.

IELTS

Clinical projects: 7.5 (with no less than 7.0 in any element)

Science projects: 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
Please contact the school
Campus
Sutton Bonington
Other requirements

Research overview

The three-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVetMed) and Doctor of Veterinary Surgery (DVetSurg) degrees offer a programme comprising a taught component of one year, and one or more major research projects over a minimum of a further two years.

You are expected to complete taught modules at masters level in research methods, critical appraisal of literature and research planning.  In addition, you are required to submit a research thesis.

Every DVetMed and DVetSurg student will be allocated to a supervisor, or supervisors. Progression through the period of study is closely monitored through regular meetings with the students' supervisory committee and by reviews with an internal postgraduate progress committee in years one and two.

The DVetMed DVetSurg programme is allied to the programme specification of the PhD and as such annual mentoring, assessment and progression and the appointment of Internal and External Examiners are on the same basis as those of an PhD.

A candidate for the degree of DVetMed or DVetSurg must:

  • Undertake and pass at 50% or above, assessments for 120 credits of taught modules for which they have registered (normally during the first two years of the course for full-time students)
  • Submit and pass a research portfolio (60 credits), comprising a minimum of 20 assets, evidencing research methods training
  • Produce a critical appraisal of literature (30 credits) in an aspect of clinical research related to their research area. The critical review will be between 8,000-10,000 words
  • Develop a research plan (30 credits) involving appropriate project planning, evaluation criteria and assessment methods. The project plan will be between 6,000-8,000 words
  • Submit a thesis of between 50,000 and 60,000 words
 

Facilities

A teaching building comprises a lecture theatre, large seminar room, teaching laboratories and a number of small-group teaching rooms, together with staff offices and research facilities including generic laboratories and specialist facilities such as anaerobic/microbiology, RNA and radioisotope laboratories. 

A clinical building includes a large anatomy laboratory, surgery suite, teaching laboratories, seminar rooms, a large clinical skills laboratory and other clinical skills rooms together with animal facilities. 

The school has taken advantage of IT in its design and way of working – all teaching rooms have electronic whiteboards and students access all teaching materials online through our virtual learning environment. 

Other school facilities include 16 stables for student horses, an indoor ménage and a student smallholding. We also have access to the University farm dairy, sheep and pig facilities and abattoir on the 100-acre campus.

 

Research support

Throughout your research degree, you will be supported by a training programme run by both the school and faculty, which ensures that postgraduate students benefit from a high standard of education and training enabling them to become independent researchers with a range of specialist and transferable skills. This programme is complementary to the wide range of courses and other support provided by the Graduate School. 

A number of University support services exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond. The Postgraduate Students' Association (PGSA) is a particularly important source of support.

 

Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. Details of research supervisors at the University can be found on our research A to Z.
 

Funding

Home/EU students

The school offers several PhD studentships each year, which are available to home/EU students only and further details are available from vacancies section of our website.

The University Graduate School operates two schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research. The Graduate School Travel Prize and Universitas21 funding. 

For prospective students, the University has introduced a new funding database. The Graduate School also holds a list of other sources of fundingStudentship opportunities are also available. 

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of research scholarships for outstanding international and EU students.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your research course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 

 
 

Careers

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 100% of postgraduates from the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £34,910 with the highest being £58,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.

Individual guidance appointments, career management training programme, access to resources and invitations to events including skills workshops and recruitment fairs are just some of the ways in which they can help you develop your full potential, whether you choose to continue within an academic setting or are looking at options outside of academia.

 
 
 
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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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