School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Postgraduate Research & Training

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The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science offers suitably qualified graduates excellent opportunities to study for MRes, MPhil or PhD degrees and also the clinically focussed degrees of PG Certificate, MVM/MVS and DVM/DVS in a wide range of veterinary, biomedical, biological and statistical research fields.  Postgraduate students are recruited from a diverse range of clinical and scientific disciplines including veterinary science, equine science, pathology, molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, physiology, statistics and bioinformatics.

MRes Programme

The MRes programme is a one year course and provides a training programme in a specific research area, in 1 of 3 named routes (veterinary science, veterinary business and management and veterinary education). The course is available on a full-time basis over one year or part-time over 4 years.  The course aims to enhance awareness and understanding of latest veterinary research developments, whilst providing tailored in-depth training relating to the research interests of the student.  The MRes degree course consists of two elements - a single research project (160 credits) which runs continuously throughout the duration of the programme and generic training in key skills (20 credits), although it is possible to take advanced taught course up to 40 credits, with the research project element reduced accordingly, to give a maximum of 180 credits.  Every MRes student will be allocated to a supervisor, or supervisors.

PhD Programme   

A 3 or 4 year PhD degree involves specialist study, post-graduate training and original and independent research on a specific topic under the supervision of academic members of staff in the school.  Additional supervisors consisting of at least 1 other experienced member of staff (up to a maximum of 3 staff members) will also be carried out in the school or in collaboration with industrial partners, other university departments in Nottingham or other universities and private or publicly funded research institutes.  In some cases students will spend time at international academic establishments or research institutes.  Students undertaking the 4 year PhD programme normally complete a structured training programme in the first year of study.  Progression through the period of study is closely monitored through regular meetings with the students' supervisory committee and by reviews with an international progress committee in Years 1 and 2.

PG Certificate in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery

Junior Clinical Training Scholars are registered for a 1 or 2 year full-time Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in either Small Animal Medicine and Surgery or Equine Medicine and Surgery, and are aimed at new and recent veterinary graduates. They provide focused training in the candidates chosen clinical subject area.  They are 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.

PG Certificate in Veterinary Education

This course provides an intensive training in teaching veterinary students and educational research. It is aimed at new and recent veterinary graduates who are considering a career in veterinary education or wish to enhance their skill set to include teaching and assessment of students. The school normally funds two places annually which also carry a stipend, essentially creating Junior Clinical Training Scholar posts in education. The course is facilitated by veterinary qualified educationalists and students will be closely mentored throughout. Exposure to all aspects of the undergraduate curriculum ensures a very valuable experience in a range of teaching and assessment methods. The research project allows students to examine a part of the curriculum in depth, or develop and validate a new teaching approach. There may be the opportunity to carry out some clinical work, depending on the experience and interest of the students. Students also submit a research plan and teaching portfolio to complete their assessments. 

MVM/MVS Programme

Senior Clinical Training Scholars are registered on a 3 or 4 year Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVM) or Master of Veterinary Surgery (MVS) programme.  The MVM and MVS programme provides appropriate exposure to clinical case load and scholarly activity to ensure that candidates are prepared for and meet the criteria for assessment for the specialist clinical qualification in their field.  There are 3 elements of MVM and MVS course:

  • Generic training to support the development of personal and professional skills associated with clinical practice and research
  • Clinical training allowing the student to gain comprehensive experience in all aspects of the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients in their chosen area of specialty.  During clinical training students study their chosen subjects area, participate at rounds and seminars, and present case reports.  Students may also attend other centres of excellence in the field, and participate at conferences and courses.
  • Clinical Research requiring the design and execution of a research project in their chosen area of specialty

MVM MVS students are based at Clinical Associates and each student is allocated to a supervisor, or supervisors from both SVMS and the Clinical Associate.  Progression through the period of study is closely monitored through regular meetings with the students' supervisory committee. 

DVM/DVS Programme

The 3 or 4 year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Doctor of Veterinary Surgery (DVS) degrees offer a programme comprising a taught component of 1 year and 1 or more major research projects over a minimum of a further 2 years.  The aim of the DVM/DVS programme is to develop research and clinical excellence in veterinary-qualified staff and engage veterinarians from clinical practice into research.  Students are expected to complete taught modules at master's level in research methods, critical appraisal of literature and research planning.  In addition students are required to submit a research thesis.  Every DVM and DVS 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 1 and 2.




Postgraduate Admissions Administrator


School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 6116
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