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Study mode

Distance without attendance


4 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

DVetMed - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Subject areas

Personal Development (Business) Veterinary Science

Course type


Course Summary

If you are a professional working in the veterinary sector our Professional Doctorate programme can offer you the opportunity to develop your professional role, acquiring advanced research skills, alongside taught knowledge.

The programme is part-time distance learning, but also offers the opportunity for face-to-face contact.

Students take between a minimum of four, and a maximum of eight years to complete the course.

The taught component will help you to increase the breadth and depth of your knowledge, as well as providing training in research methodologies and professional skills. Assessment is through in-course assignments and/or examinations. As a member of the RVC's postgraduate student population, you will also be able to attend transferable skills training workshops and research seminars.

Your Professional Doctorate will culminate in an organisation focused study and an organisation focused research project. The study and project will relate to a relevant workplace issue connected to professional practice or directly relevant to the company that is sponsoring you. Most students carry out their research within their workplace/organization.

Throughout your time at the RVC you will be supported by the Graduate School and your supervisory team (both at the RVC and in your workplace).


MoE 2 progresses to provide a detailed examination of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and statistical techniques, allowing students to select methodologies of most value to their research plans.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

To be confirmed

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)


Entry requirements

You need to have a veterinary degree registrable with the RCVS. You must have at least two years’ work experience and currently work in the veterinary sector. Subject to the discretion of the Programme Director applicants with other degrees, or prior equivalent experience, may be considered. Candidates possessing a European/American/ RCVS Diploma or an RVC MVetMed degree may enter through the alternate entry route and transfer in 90 credits at Level 7.