School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Frequently asked questions

Here are some common questions you may have about our postgraduate taught courses.

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Veterinary Physiotherapy MSc/PGDip 

What are the dates for the on-site teaching weekends?

The dates do vary slightly from year to year. If you need the provisional dates for your application year, please email

In year one there is one weekend a month running from September-July and in year two there are five contact weekends, standardly in September, November, January, May and June. Year three (MSc) does not have weekend teaching dates but you are required to have 10 supervisor meetings throughout the academic year (September-September)

What are the standard hours for the teaching weekends?
Saturday 9.15am-4.30/4.45pm and Sunday 9am-4.30/4.5pm. If weather conditions are likely to cause issues, these timings may be adjusted on the day to take travel into account
What financial support is available for this course?

For more information relating to finance please see our fees and funding pages.

Please be aware that the postgraduate Masters loan is only applicable for applicants applying for the three-year MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy and not for the two-year PGDip.

How are the tuition fees paid?
Is there a reading list for this course?
Our current reading list is available online. Please be aware this reading list is subject to change between years and you will be unable to access the online resources until you have a University login.
What are the PPE requirements for the course?
You are required to purchase an animal-handling tunic and a boiler suit through the University of Nottingham online store. There are other optional items available but these two items are mandatory. The full PPE requirement list will be issued to you in your welcome pack/student handbook.
How are the placements within year one and year two structured?

In year one you are required to complete a minimum of 15 work based learning days. These are observational and are self-organised.

In year two you are required to complete eight clinical placement days which are organised and allocated to you by the University, along with 20 hands-on placement days. These are self-organised and booked by yourself using a list of approved Veterinary Physiotherapists supplied by the University.

How are the assessments structured?
There are a variety of assessment methods including; multiple choice exams, short answer exams, coursework, portfolios and a practical based log. Each assessment has a formative and summative element.
How is the teaching material supplied?
All teaching resources are provided in advance of the teaching weekends through our e-learning portal.

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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