Master of Research (MRes)
The Royal Veterinary College produces outstanding graduates who go on to work in some of the world’s leading scientific research institutes, as well as within industry and government. It is also one of the world's leading centres for postgraduate veterinary science study.
An RVC Master of Research (MRes) may be for you if you do not wish to commit to undertaking a PhD but want to try a sizeable research project and gain the generic skills applicable to research. You can do this over one-year full time, or over two years part-time while you are continuing your career.
The MRes is designed to equip you to acquire the experience and the skills needed to enter a PhD programme or to move on to careers where advanced research experience will help you. It is an excellent training opportunity for both biological and veterinary graduates and addresses both basic and clinical problems in the biosciences, with applications in veterinary and human medicine. Research areas span cell and molecular science, whole animal physiology and population medicine.
An RVC MRes will develop you as a scientist who is capable of working across interdisciplinary teams and who can tackle problems of practical relevance to veterinary and medical science. You will:
- Learn from experts who produce cutting-edge research in a range of subjects and are published in the top academic journals
- Join an international team of staff and students
- Benefit from close proximity to other international centres of excellence in biomedical and biological sciences.
Applicants should have a first or second class university honours degree in biological sciences, a veterinary or medical degree.
If you have any questions about eligibility please contact the Graduate School at email@example.com.
English Language Requirements
You must be able to communicate clearly in English, both verbally and in writing.
If English is not your first language you must take an IELTS-Academic test (from the British Council). You need to achieve an overall score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each sub-test.
The test result must have been obtained within 2 years of the start-date of the course.
For further information see English Language Proficiency.
Short-listing and interviews
MRes applications are checked for eligibility by the Graduate School and eligible candidates are then sent to project supervisors for short-listing. Short-listed MRes applicants will be invited to an interview at either the Camden or Hawkshead, with the supervisory team (in some circumstances, interviews can be conducted via Skype or telephone).
With more than 100 research-active staff at the RVC, the range of research topics is vast, extending from molecules to whole animals and animal populations. We focus on two main research themes:
- Comparative Physiology & Medicine - Our understanding of animal disease, together with the superb facilities at the RVC, means that we are all well paced to contribute to the way in which human diseases are diagnosed and treated. The programme is led by Professor Dominic Wells
- Livestock Production and Health - There is international recognition of the need for new approaches to meet the growing challenges of livestock production, to control infectious diseases that threaten humans and animals. The programme is led by Professor Dirk Werling
You will join the RVC to undertake a specific piece of work under the direction of two supervisors, working within one or more of the RVC’s research groups. We offer a range of specific MRes projects which you can apply for, or you may have your own area of research in mind. Most of our MRes students are self-funded, but we do occasionally have funded MRes projects.
Your MRes will culminate in a research dissertation of 10,000-15,000 words and an oral presentation.
To underpin the research you are undertaking you will participate in training skills workshops, courses and seminars alongside other post-graduate researchers. You can find out more about our skills development programme here. You will be supported throughout your time with us by your supervisors and the Graduate School.
We have one MRes intake annually, at the beginning of October each year.
The next intake will be October 2017. MRes projects will be advertised on these web pages early in 2017.
Earlier Onset Urinary Incontinence in the Bitch and its Association with Neutering
Supervisors: Professor David Brodbelt and Dr Dan O’Neill
Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences
This funded MRes offers the opportunity to join the VetCompass team to characterise the epidemiology of urinary incontinence in bitches attending veterinary practice in the UK and evaluate the association of neutering with the condition.
An increased risk of urinary incontinence due to sphincter mechanism incompetence in bitches has been attributed to timing of ovariohysterectomy (Holt 1987, Holt & Thrusfield 1993). However, current evidence is equivocal and a recent systematic review, though identifying some evidence of an association between timing of neutering and development of incontinence, highlighted that the existing evidence was of moderate strength at best and further work was required (Beauvais et al. 2012).
In a survey of UK veterinarians, urinary incontinence was the second most commonly stated disadvantage of neutering bitches (Diesel et al 2010). Further, work by O’Neill and colleagues (2014) estimated that approximately 1.7% of practice attending dogs suffered from urinary incontinence. While many affected bitches respond to oral therapy, this generally has to be continued for life (Shiel et al. 2008). Furthermore, a recent study suggested that urinary incontinence in pet bitches was a cause of disharmony in 10 to 20% of affected households, with individual owners reporting feelings of anger and frustration (de Bleser et al. 2011). Therefore, although the direct welfare impact may be considered minor for the affected animal, the potential impact on a large group of dogs, the owner-animal bond, as well as the perceived importance of the condition in the neutering decision-making process, suggest further evaluation of the condition is merited.
This project is full-time for 12 months commencing in October 2017.
This MRes is supported by BSAVA PetSavers (course fees will be covered and a stipend provided)
The project can also be found on the RVC’s VetCompass news page.
- Beauvais W et al. (2012) The effect of neutering on the risk of urinary incontinence in bitches – a systematic review. JSAP 63, 198/204.
- De Bleser et al. (2011) The association between acquired urinary sphincter mechanism incompetence in bitches and early spaying: a case-control study. Veterinary Journal 187, 42-47
- Diesel G et al. (2010) Survey of veterinary practice policies and opinions on neutering dogs. Veterinary Record 166, 455-458 Holt P (1990) Urinary incontinence in dogs and cats. Veterinary Record 127, 347-350
- Holt P & Thrushfield M (1993) Association in bitches between breed, size, neutering and docking, and acquired urinary incontinence due to incompetence of the urethral sphincter mechanism. Veterinary Record 133, 177-180
- O Neill DG, et al. (2014) Prevalence of disorders recorded in dogs attending primary-care veterinary practices in England. PLoS One. 2014 Mar 4;9(3):e90501.
- Shieh R (2008) Canine urinary incontinence. Part 2: treatment. Irish Veterinary Journal 61, 835-840
How to Apply box see box on the left.
The deadline for applications for is Friday 30th June 2017
For our October 2017 MRes intake we are offering range of self-funded projects. The projects currently available are listed below.
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Applicants may be expected to contribute to the running costs of a project. The sums required will vary between projects and you are advised to contact the Graduate School or the supervisor of the project you are interested in for further information before making an application.
If you are interested in the project and would like to find out more about it please click on the project title. If you would like to apply for the projects please contact the supervisor (at the email addresses shown) in the first instance and then apply via UKPASS.
See also the How to Apply box on the left.
The deadline for applications for is Friday 30th June 2017
Other Self-Funded MRes Projects
If you are interested in undertaking a self-funded MRes project and your area of interest lies outside the projects listed above you can still apply to study with us.
You need to have an area of research in mind and your research project and supervisor should be agreed before you formally apply via UKPASS.
Applicants will be expected to contribute to the running costs of a project. The sums required will vary between projects and you should discuss this with your supervisor.
The Research Degrees Admissions Officer can advise you on potential supervisors but we find applicants are often more successful when contacting supervisors directly. Click here for a list of our Research Centres and Facilities.
The deadline for applications for other self-funded MRes projects is Friday 30th June 2017
Master of Research - Career Impact
A postgraduate degree from the RVC is highly regarded and recognised internationally.
Our graduates have a track record of successful careers in government, research and other organisations. Many students use the MRes as a way to gain valuable research experience and skills before going on to do a PhD.
Tuition fees are as follows:
Full-time one year 2017/18
Part-time two years 2017/18
In addition to tuition fees applicants may be expected to contribute to the running costs of a project. The sums required will vary between projects and you are advised to contact the the Graduate School or the supervisor of the project you are interested in for further information before making an application.
We welcome applications from students in receipt of scholarships from their governments or other bodies or from self-funded students able to support their studies.
For more information and the latest news affecting fees see Tuition Fees
Information on funding options for international students.
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Autumn Statement November 2015 brought exciting news for future postgraduates.The government has now reconfirmed its commitment to introduce postgraduate Masters Loans in 2016-17.
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