Studying Biosciences at the RVC

Our biosciences programmes are designed to give students a clear and detailed understanding of physiology, cellular and molecular biology, and the mechanisms of disease.

The courses explore the basic biological sciences that inform current biomedical research and clinical practice. We also offer specialisms in animal behaviour, welfare and ethics, and wild animal biology. All of our pathways are hands-on and they include extensive practical and small-group teaching, as well as lab placements. Students are exposed to cutting-edge fields of research in Comparative Physiology and Medicine, Livestock Production and Health, and Animal Welfare Science and Ethics. At least 18 weeks of practical research experience is available during the second and third years of study. An optional MSci year provides the opportunity to carry out a more in-depth piece of original research in the fourth year of study, either at the RVC or in industry.

Our students come from many different schools, backgrounds and countries and we welcome applications from all individuals wishing to gain a better understanding of current fundamental research questions in biology and applied biomedical sciences. Past students have produced novel and publishable research and successfully applied for paid summer studentships and internships. Our biosciences students are also strongly encouraged to present their work at scientific meetings and to contribute their data to scientific publications.

Five Reasons to Choose the RVC

  1. Exceptional time dedicated to research both within and outside of the curriculum
  2. Teaching is by experts at the cutting edge of their field
  3. Industry-relevant curriculum
  4. Focus on Employability
  5. The London Factor

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Beyond the RVC

We support our students as they develop the professional skills needed in their careers. The RVC offers dedicated tutorials, workshops and one-to-one sessions on a regular basis. Scientists from the biotechnology industry, including from the London BioScience Innovation Centre, have taught on the course.

RVC bioscience graduates have impressive prospects for the future. Some go on to further study, such as medicine and veterinary medicine, doctoral study, and masters programmes. Others begin careers in teaching, medical and science publishing, public engagement of science or the pharmaceutical industry. The professional skills developed during our programmes are also valued by non-scientific employers. Alumni of our bioscience courses have been accepted onto corporate graduate trainee programmes and central government graduate trainee schemes.

The philosophy behind our science degree programmes has featured in British national newspaper, ‘The Guardian’, in an article entitled “Science students gain practical skills on postgrad courses”.

What is the BSc Bioveterinary Sciences programme?

The BSc Bioveterinary Science programme is a full-time three-year undergraduate degree that will equip you with the latest skills for a range of careers in the veterinary sphere of employment.

The programme is a unique blend of the biological sciences relating to animals, the way they work, their health, their diseases and their relationships with humans. You will be taught by a range of skilled scientists and clinicians with extensive experience of animal disease and research. We will cover virtually every aspect of animal biology, management and disease that is likely to interest you.

Our students all share a strong ambition to succeed in the veterinary field and a desire to improve animal health and welfare. We welcome applications from all individuals with great potential and the dedication to commit to the course and succeed. We demand high levels of motivation and, in return, promise a rich and rewarding experience during your time with us.

We acknowledge that some students may wish to use their skills and knowledge acquired on this degree to pursue clinical careers. To that end, graduates of this programme are eligible to apply for the BVetMed Graduate Accelerated Programme

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

RVC INSIDER:

"I feel like I never want to leave the RVC because it feels like home. This could be because we are a small university so there is a family feel where everyone supports everyone…I know the friends I have made here will be with me for life as well as all the memories.

I did a video-based project, in which perceptions of a behavioural condition that had been diagnosed were compared to perceptions of suspected, but not-diagnosed, conditions. I have been intrigued as to why animals or even people act the way they do, and how that can affect the way they learn or interact with those around them. It is essential to have this basic understanding for any career with animals.

I would recommend our biosciences courses to anyone interested in science. The courses provide access to lecturers who are experts in their fields who genuinely care about your learning and how you are, as well as what you want to do. The topics you cover are useful for any field, not just animal related ones, because we cover not only animal but human examples; it lends itself to anything related to a career in science. The course structure itself develops employability skills essential for any work place even those in different fields such as law etc."

Matthew Weir, BSc Bioveterinary Sciences student

Prospective Modules

Year 1

The Moving Animal  

Systems and Investigative Biology  

The Living Cell  

Reproduction and Development  

Basic Concepts in Immunology  

Genes to Organisms  

Problem Definition and Investigation 

NB: The modules above are what have been offered previously and illustrate the type of content one can expect but are currently undergoing review. Modules will be confirmed here in due course. 

Year 2

Core modules

The Enemy Within (30)  

This module investigates various aspects of health degeneration, through genetic differences present at birth or through changes in the genetic material leading to dysfunctional growth, how ageing affects health, as well as cancer biology and immune dysfunction. It is divided into 6 units: Genetics; Protein Malfunction and Disorders; Principles of Pathology; Cell Division and Transformation; Homeostasis, Breakdown and Repair; Immunopathology. 

The Enemy Without (30)

This module will provide you with further insight into how pathogens enter the host and establish infections. You will study examples of bacterial, viral, parasitic and prion diseases; rather than learning a long list of pathogens, you will focus on principles and general concepts, with some illustrative examples. This module comprises 6 taught weeks divided into 4 units: Principles of Infection, Bacterial Pathogenesis, Virology and Parasitology. 

Principles of Pharmacology (15)

The Principles of Pharmacology module builds upon knowledge of physiology and pathophysiology gained earlier in the course. The module will provide fundamental knowledge of pharmacodynamics (drug action) and pharmacokinetics (the effects of the body on drugs).  This module is divided into three units: Principles of Drug Action, Drug Targets and Selectivity of Drug Action.

Second-Year Research Project (30)

All students will undertake a pathway-specific six week hypothesis driven research experience in the third term. This will be carried out in groups and will develop a number of different professional skills including team working and leadership skills that are highly sought after in industry, as well as enhancing your practical laboratory skills, data analysis and interpretation, and academic writing and presentation skills.

Optional modules

Applied Pharmacology (15)

This module builds on the Principles of Pharmacology module and discusses issues that are relevant to the clinical use of drugs. These include drug development, registration and post-marketing surveillance. It is integrated with coverage of the fundamental skills on which the development of innovative pharmacology products and services depend, thus broadening the scope from learning to employability in the field. The module is divided into three units: Selectivity of Drug Action; Drugs and Diseases; From Drug Discovery to Patients and Beyond, and will be taught by RVC lecturers with guest lecturers from the pharmaceutical industry. 

Imaging of Disease (15)

This module will provide you with an overview of the different ways in which disease processes can be visualised at the molecular, cellular, tissue and whole animal level. It is organised into three week-long blocks covering the principles of pathology; the imaging techniques used in vitro to study cells and tissues; and the techniques used in vivo to study whole animals. The module will be of interest to students planning to develop a career in biomedical or comparative research using whole animal models and/or in vitro modelling systems.

NB: The modules above are what have been offered previously and illustrate the type of content one can expect but are currently undergoing review. Modules will be confirmed here in due course. 

Year 3

Core modules

Third-Year Project (60)

The aim of the project is to provide students with an opportunity to undertake a research project of their own interest, outline a hypothesis, design the experiments to test the hypothesis, and at the end of the year present the results in the form of a dissertation and as an oral presentation. These projects involve 12 weeks of laboratory or field-based research on a topic selected by the supervisor in light of the areas of expertise and cutting-edge research found within the RVC. However, students are welcome to propose a specific project to a supervisor in that area of expertise.

Optional modules (to add up to 60 credits)

Animal Behaviour and Welfare (15)  

The aim is for students to gain skills necessary to objectively evaluate the causes and consequences of animal behaviour and welfare; to understand how and why different species can differ in their behaviour and perceptual abilities; and to gain an applied understanding of how and why specific animals are affected by domestication and captivity. The module encompasses domesticated and wild animal behaviour and welfare, but a major emphasis is on companion animals and livestock species.   

Advanced Concepts in Biobusiness (15) 

This module will enable students to develop a work-relevant theoretical and practical understanding of commercial innovation, within the context of human and veterinary bio-medical sciences. Put another way, to learn and experiment with the knowledge, skills and attitudes scientists need in order to play a more effective and integrated role during the development of innovative life-saving and life-enhancing products and services including new medicines, diagnostics and healthcare provision. Students will be required to solve commercial problems in small groups and further develop their understanding of bioscience business, management and enterprise. This will allow students to link their scientific expertise with their new found understanding of commercial innovation and enterprise. These outcomes are crucial as numerous surveys of graduate employers in high technology disciplines state that science graduates lack important business and management competencies.   

Advanced Concepts in Reproduction (15) 

This advanced module is designed to build upon the knowledge you have gained in the 1st year in Reproduction. It concentrates on the veterinary applications of research in these two exciting fields and highlights how they make a real impact on animal health and welfare. To learn cellular and molecular aspects of reproductive biology from gonadal development and function to ovulation, fertilization and embryo and germ cells development, and establishment and maintenance of pregnancy and placental immunology in animals.   

Advanced Skeletal Pathobiology (15) 

Failures in the skeletal system, such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, provide one of the major challenges to human and animal welfare. Research activities in skeletal pathobiology are commonly directed at understanding the development, growth, ageing and functional maintenance of the skeletal system as well as the evolution of bone and joint pathologies. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to a broad range of skeletal tissues. This will touch on the anatomy, physiology and functional failure and on occasion include comparative aspects of the skeletal system across species. Throughout the course, examples of skeletal pathobiology will be used to emphasise specific aspects of skeletal function. The course has at its centre the desire to unite cellular and tissue aspects of skeletal health and disease, achieved by addressing cutting edge aspects as well as traditional understanding.   

Comparative Animal Locomotion (30) 

If we can understand how brains, muscles, and skeletons work together to produce locomotion, in the full context of other animals and the natural environment, then we will not only have solved one of the great mysteries of the natural world, but we stand to improve the lives of all animals, including humans, through treatment of neurological and musculoskeletal disease. Animal locomotion is an integrative, dynamic field of study and it is currently at an extraordinary juncture. This module will provide an exciting, hands-on introduction to the field of comparative animal locomotion at all levels. It does not rely on a background in maths or physics, but instead requires a willingness to think conceptually about how animals move. Examples will be drawn across the animal kingdom, so students will gain an appreciation for the breath-taking diversity of movement strategies.   

Comparative Models of Disease (30) 

The role of animal models in the understanding of human and animal physiology and in the treatment of infectious diseases is controversial. Modern society is increasingly re-evaluating the value of animal life and as a consequence questioning the use of animal disease models. In this module students will be introduced into the rationale behind use of animal models and the increasing number of alternatives, including cells, isolated tissues, zebra fish and drosophila.   Students will be introduced to the key aspects that need to be considered when developing/analysing models of disease and the following things discussed: uses and limitations of comparative models of disease; analysis of comparative models of infectious diseases, genetic diseases, neurodegenerative diseases and neoplasia; models of lifestyle diseases including obesity, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases; the use of animal models in the development of new therapies and the production of research tools.   

Development and Disease (15) 

The nervous system is by far the most complex tissue in any animal. By understanding the molecular and cellular basis of nervous system development, we aim to understand how changes in these processes result in developmental defects – both morphological and function. For example, significant change in the morphology of the brain can be seen in conditions such as holoprosencephaly whereas functional changes are seen in autism and schizophrenia. This module will give insight into the latest research in nervous system development, will give you the opportunity to develop your understanding of how researchers employ animal models in this research and inform you of the latest applications of developmental biology research, including the use of stem cells and molecular editing techniques.   

Endocrine & Metabolic Syndromes (15) 

The increasing problem of obesity in the human and pet population has resulted in a dramatic increase in research efforts to understand and influence metabolism, and treat associated side effects. We will seek to integrate the basic science of endocrinology into more translational topics relating to the diseases and syndromes associated with disorders of endocrinology and metabolism.  The module will focus specifically on clinical abnormalities affecting blood glucose regulation and feeding, growth and metabolism, endocrine-related cancers, and reproductive disorders including those affecting sex differentiation and intersex. In every unit, we will stress the importance of endocrine research in establishing the molecular and physiological basis of these conditions.   

Epidemiology: The Bigger Picture (15) 

If you want to discover more about how diseases affect animal (and human!) populations, and how to select the best ways to try to control diseases, then this half-module is for you! The sorts of questions that you will know the answers to if you undertake this half-module include: What is ‘One Health’ all about? How do you investigate a disease outbreak? Can we prevent the next pandemic? What are the challenges of working with wildlife? This module will help you to discover the patterns, causes, and effects of diseases in animal populations. The key concepts of epidemiology taught in a structured way, and case studies of pets, livestock, horses and wildlife will show you how to apply what you learn in the real world.   

Genetics in Action (15) 

This module is designed to build upon the knowledge you have gained in the 1st and 2nd years in genetics. It is designed to show you how genetics is used by different organisations and groups to improve the health and productivity of livestock, horses and domesticated animals.    

Infection & Immunity (30) 

Infectious diseases continue to be one of the major challenges to animal and human health worldwide. While several infectious diseases have been controlled in some countries, others still remain challenging. In addition, new pathogens continue to emerge and spread to new geographical ranges. An understanding of the biology of the pathogen(s) involved, how they behave in the host animal and animal populations, and an understanding of how the host combats infection are all requirements of modern and successful control strategies. The overall purpose of the course is to introduce students to key aspects that need to be considered when defining and controlling infectious diseases in individual animals and populations, using examples from virology, bacteriology and parasitology. Students should then be able to apply similar principles to additional pathogens of both animals and man.   

Parasitology of Human and Veterinary Tropical Diseases (15) 

Study major human and veterinary parasitic tropical diseases from the viewpoints of immunology, epidemiology, pathology, treatment and control. The module will cover major human tropical diseases caused by protozoan and helminth parasites. Major veterinary tropical parasitic diseases that cause significant production losses and/or are significant zoonoses will be covered. For each disease interesting aspects of research conducted on these organisms will be highlighted, for example, immune evasion by malaria using vargenes, granuloma pathology of schistosomes is necessary to protect host but also to allow egg release into the gut, intestinal parasitic helminths downregulate host immune responses and this has proved beneficial for treating inflammatory disorders such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, methods of resistance to chemotherapy.   

Practical Investigative Biology (15) 

This module has been designed to deliver an intense training course in cell and molecular biology, with a view to equipping students with the practical and design skills required to undertake research in areas of molecular biology. The two week module involves the completion of a ‘mini-project’, whereby the student will generate a plasmid DNA construct, amplify this in bacteria, purify and analyse the resulting DNA, then transiently express this gene in a eukaryotic cell line before analysing the effects of its expression by cell imaging techniques (confocal microscopy and flow cytometry). The learning environment is critical to the success of this module, and students will be closely supervised, with a staff student ratio of no more than 1:5 for practical components of module. 

NB: The modules above are what have been offered previously and illustrate the type of content one can expect but are currently undergoing review. Modules will be confirmed here in due course. 

The minimum academic requirements for entry to the BSc Bioveterinary Sciences programme are outlined below.

If you do not satisfy these requirements, you may be interested in the Extended Sciences degree offered by the University of Hertfordshire. Upon successfully completing the initial year of this degree you can automatically transfer into the first year of the BSc Bioveterinary Science programme provided you achieve the required marks in the Biology and Chemistry modules.

Academic qualifications

Click on the links below for details of the minimum academic requirements for this course.

A Levels

EITHER:

ABB in three A2 subjects including:

  • Biology/Human Biology or Chemistry at grade A

OR:

BBB in three A2 subjects including:

  • Biology/Human Biology or Chemistry
  • Another science subject from Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths. 
  • A third subject of your choice

Where one is taking science A Levels as part of the new English curriculum (taught from 2015 onwards), we also require a 'pass' in the science practical for each subject.

For further information on our policy on reformed UK qualifications, please click here.

We support the opportunity to take additional subjects at AS-level, but do not prescribe or prefer any particular subject choices or combinations.

The non-prescribed A Level subjects should not overlap with Biology/Human Biology or Chemistry, and cannot be General Studies.  

Welsh, Scottish and Irish applicants

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma

Applicants who have achieved this qualification with grade B in the Advanced Welsh Bac Core will be accepted with two A Levels, including:

EITHER:

  • Biology or Chemistry at grade A
  • Another subject of your choice (excl. General Studies) at grade B

OR:

  • Biology or Chemistry at grade B
  • Another science subject from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths at grade B

We support the opportunity to take additional subjects at AS-level, but do not prescribe or prefer any particular subject choices or combinations.

See additional GCSE requirements.

Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers

EITHER:

Advanced Highers in:

  • Chemistry or Biology at grade A
  • Another subject of your choice at grade B

OR:

Advanced Highers in:

  • Biology or Chemistry at grade B
  • Another science subject from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths at grade B

In addition to:

5 Highers at grade B or above

and at least National 5 grade B, or Intermediate 2/Standard Credit grade 2, in:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Irish Leaving Certificate

At Higher level, grades of BBBBBB including:

  • Biology or Chemistry
  • Another science subject from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths.

At Ordinary level (or Higher level) grade B:

  • Physics*
  • English
  • Mathematics 

* where Physics is not taught at this level at your school, please contact us prior to submitting your application.

It should be clearly stated on the UCAS form which subjects are being studied at Higher level and which at Ordinary level.

International Baccalaureate

EITHER:

655 at Higher Level including:

  • Biology or Chemistry at grade 6

OR:

555 at Higher Level including:

  • Biology or Chemistry
  • Another science subject from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths
  • One other subject of your choice

Our standard offer is based on specific subject-grade requirements, rather than a total points score.

See additional GCSE requirements below. 

Where candidates have not taken GCSEs or an equivalent qualification prior to IB, they will need a minimum of grade 5 in:

  • SL Mathematics
  • SL English A or SL English A Lang-Lit

and competency must also be demonstrated in Physics.

Candidates from outside the UK may sit one of the English language qualifications listed further down the page in place of the English A subjects above. Mathematical Studies and English A Literature or English B cannot be accepted in lieu of our English Language and Mathematics requirements, but can be taken on top of existing qualifications that meet our requirements. 

Diplomas and Further Certificates (including Access and L3 Extended Diploma)

Access to HE Diploma (England and Wales)

Diplomas must be Science based and include a minimum of:

15 Level 3 credits in Chemistry at Distinction or 15 level 3 credits in Biology at Distinction, and with Merits achieved in all other Level 3 modules.

See the Access to Higher Education website to search for possible courses in your area.

See additional GCSE requirements.

Birkbeck College's CertHE in Life Sciences for Subjects Allied to Medicine

Merits must be achieved in the Chemistry and Biology modules.

See the Birkbeck website for further details.

See additional GCSE requirements.

BTEC/Level 3 Extended Diploma (syllabus for students who started this qualification in 2010-2015)

Animal Management (2010-2015 syllabus)

DDM (Distinction Distinction Merit) overall required, including Distinctions in the units marked by an asterisk (*):

  • Understand the Principles of Animal Nutrition 
  • Understand the Principles and Carry Out the Practice of Biochemistry and Microbiology*
  • Understand the Principles of Inheritance and Genetic Manipulation 
  • Fundamentals of Science* 
  • Chemistry for Biology Technicians* OR Understand the Principles of Chemistry for Biological and Medical Science*

See additional GCSE requirements.

Applied Science (2010-2015 syllabus)

DDM (Distinction Distinction Merit) overall required, including Distinctions in the units marked by an asterisk (*):

  •  Genetics and Genetics Engineering
  • *Biomedical Science Techniques and/or
  • *Chemical Laboratory Techniques and/or
  • *Chemistry for Biology Technicians
  • *Physiology of Human Body Systems and/or
  • *Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Using Statistics in Science and/or Informatics in Science

See additional GCSE requirements.

Level 3 Extended Diploma (syllabus for students starting this qualification from 2016)

Pearson 'Applied Science' or 'Biomedical Science': DDD overall with Distinctions in:        

  • Principles and Applications of Science I        
  • Principles and Applications of Science II        
  • Science Investigation Skills        
  • Contemporary Issues in Science

Candidates must also pass the following units:         

  • Genetics and Genetics Engineering        
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems or Human Regulation and Reproduction        
  • Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques or Diseases and Infections        
  • Biomedical Science or Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways     
  • Two ofApplications of Organic Chemistry; Applications of Inorganic Chemistry; Practical Chemical Analysis

Pearson 'Animal Management with Science': DDD overall with Distinctions in:         

  • Animal Biology   
  • Animal Breeding and Genetics         
  • Animal Welfare and Ethics        
  • Practical Skills in Animal Science        
  • Animal Metabolism

City & Guilds 'Animal Management (Science)': D overall with Distinctions in:         

  • Biological Systems of Animals        
  • Principles of Health and Safety        
  • Undertake and Review Work Related Experience in the Land-Based Industries        
  • Three of: Inheritance and Genetics; Chemistry for Biological Technicians; Cell Biology and Genetics; Biochemistry and Microbiology  

Cambridge Pre-U

EITHER:

M1, M2, M2 in three Principle Subjects including:

  • Biology or Chemistry at grade M1

OR:

M2, M2, M2 in three Principle subjects including:

  • Biology or Chemistry
  • Another science subject from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths
  • One other subject of your choice

Applications are welcome from those who meet our science requirements and are taking a combination of A-levels and the Cambridge Pre-U. Offers will be made on an individual basis, depending on the combinations.

See additional GCSE requirements.

GCSEs (only in addition to other qualifications)

At least grade B in:

  • Science & Additional Science or two individual sciences, if taken separately
  • English Language
  • Mathematics

New GCSE curricula (teaching starting 2015-2017)

England

Where we currently ask for grade B, we will require a grade 6 under the numerical grading system. 

Wales

Please note, GCSE Mathematics-Numeracy will not be accepted instead of an A or B in GCSE Mathematics but is welcomed alongside it.

International and EU applicants

International entry requirements below are in line with our double-science 'BBB' offer at A Level. Those taking a single science should contact us for details of the standard offer for their qualification. 

Candidates must meet the entry requirements by means of the prescribed qualifications listed or acceptable alternative qualifications.

For advice on the acceptability of your qualifications please send details, referring to each of the required subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, and English) to admissions@rvc.ac.uk.

For more information useful to international applicants, please go to the International students section.

North America

USA

Graduate High School with at least four full-year Advanced Placement examinations at 4443 with Grade 4 in Biology or Chemistry, and either Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Calculus.

Alternatively, the following combinations can be accepted:

  • ACT score of 26 (including Writing test) plus APs in two sciences (as above) at Grade 4;
  • ACT score of 26 (including Writing test) plus IB Higher Level certificates in two sciences (as above) at Grade 5;
  • SAT I score of 1650 (550 minimum in Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing) plus AP in two sciences (as above) at Grade 4;
  • SAT I score of 1650 (550 minimum in Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing) plus IB Higher Level certificates in two sciences (as above) at Grade 5.

The RVC's institution code for College Board to be used when sending your results is 7970.

Canada

Pass the Secondary School Diploma/High School Graduation Diploma with 86% overall and 86% in Biology or Chemistry grade 12 courses. Specific requirements may vary depending upon the province, but we would typically look for 'U' courses in grade 12 Biology/Chemistry. Applicants should also achieve 86% in grade 12 English, Physics and Maths, or 90% in these subjects in grade 11. 

Caribbean

Obtain Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) unit 2 grades of II, II, II (two, two, two) in Biology or Chemistry, and a second science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths) plus a third subject of your choice in addition to Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) grade II (two) in English A, Mathematics and Physics.

Europe

The following qualifications will be accepted in conjunction with a suitable English Language qualification (see below). If not specified, you must also demonstrate you have studied Physics and Mathematics to the equivalent standard of GCSE grade B.

European Baccalaureate

Pass the Baccalaureate with 75% overall, and 7.5 in elective Biology or Chemistry and a second science (elective Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths 5/Advanced Maths). An 8 must be achieved in Year 5 Physics, if not used as second science. L1 English at grade 7 is an accepted English language qualification for entry to the College.

France

Pass the Baccalauréat 'S' stream with 12 (mention bien) overall and individual grades of 13 in Biology or Physics-Chemistry, and 13 in Maths. [OIB applicants must achieve the same grades, but if 14 is achieved in English, no further English language qualification is required].

Italy

Pass the Diploma di Esame di Stato from a Liceo Scientifico with 80 overall and individual grades of 8 in Biology or Chemistry, and 8 in Maths. 

Malta

Pass Advanced Matriculation with BB at Advanced Level in Biology or Chemistry, and a second science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths), and BBB in three Intermediate Level subjects. In the Secondary Education Certificate, grade 3 must be achieved in Maths and a further science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics); alternatively O Levels at grade B in these subjects are accepted in place of the Secondary Education Certificate. 

Netherlands

Pass the VWO with 7 overall and grades 7 and 8 in two sciences from: Biology or Chemistry, and Maths. 

Norway

Pass the Vitnemal - videregaende opplaering with 4 overall and 4 in Biology or Chemistry, and 4 in Maths. 

Poland

Pass the Polish Świadectwo Dojrzałości (Matura) with 70% average and 75% in Advanced Level Biology or Chemistry, and a second science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths), plus 75% in Standard/Basic Level Maths and Physics where not taken at Advanced Level. 

Portugal

Pass the Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundários / Diploma Nível Secundário de Educação with 16 overall and 17 in Biology or Physics-Chemistry, and a second science (Biology, Physics-Chemistry or Maths). 15 must be achieved in Maths if not used as the second science. 

Romania

Pass the Diploma de Bacalaureat (General/Theoretical) with 8 overall and individual grades of 8.5 in Biology or Chemistry, and 8.5 in Maths. 

Serbia

Pass the Diploma o stecenom srednem obrazovanju/Matura with 4 overall and 4 in Biology or Chemistry, and 4 in Maths. 

Slovakia

Pass the Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške with 2,2,2,2 including 2 in Biology or Chemistry, and 2 in Maths.

Slovenia

Pass the Maturitetno spričevalo (Matura) with 4 overall and 4 in Biology or Chemistry, and 4 in Maths.

Spain

Pass the Bachillerato with 9 overall and individual grades of 8 in Biology/Biology-Geology or Chemistry/Physics-Chemistry, and 8 in Maths. 

Switzerland

Pass a Federal Maturity Certificate or Federally Recognised Cantonal Maturity Certificate with an overall average of 4.6 (on the 6-point scale) including 4.5 in Biology or Chemistry, and 4.5 in a second science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths). A minimum of 4.0 must be achieved in Maths if not used as the second science.

Asia

If not specified, you must also demonstrate you have studied English (first language), Physics and Mathematics to the equivalent standard of GCSE/O Level grade B.

Hong Kong

Pass the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education with grades 554 in Biology, Chemistry and one other elective subject, plus grade 4 in Maths and grade 5 in English core subjects. We will consider Maths as a third elective subject provided both the compulsory and the extended modules are taken with grades A* (compulsory section) and A (extended section).

Malaysia

Obtain the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) with grades BBB in three Principal level passes including Biology or Chemistry, and a second science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths), plus five grade A-C Subsidiary level passes including grade B in English, Maths and Physics.

Singapore

Obtain Singapore GCE A Level grades BBB at H2 level in Biology or Chemistry, and a second science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths). O Level Maths, English (first language) and Physics at grade B.

UCL University Preparatory Certificate for Science & Engineering (UPCSE) for International Students

You must take Chemistry and a second Science subject as Core Units. You must achieve 65% overall in the Certificate, and 65% in Chemistry and the second Science Unit.

These requirements assume that you have met the standard entry requirements for UPCSE: if you have entered that course with special circumstances or through a different route, please see general advice for International and EU applicants above.

Other qualifications

For advice on the eligibility of other qualifications, please contact Admissions at admissions@rvc.ac.uk. Please note, we typically do not accept Foundation years unless otherwise advertised.

Email: admissions@rvc.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7468 5147

English language requirements

A good working knowledge of scientific English is essential in order to follow the course, which includes a significant proportion of oral instruction and written assessments. Applicants whose first language is not English must have an acceptable English Language qualification:

  • IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 or above with minimum 6.5 in each component

For those without IELTS, please see our English Language Requirements page for a full list of qualifications we will accept as alternatives.

FAQs

Does it count against me if I re-sit a qualification?

No, we accept re-taken grades or modules at GCSE and A-Level or equivalent without penalty for this programme. 

Can I re-apply if I've been unsuccessful previously?

We accept repeat applications for this course and new applications will be treated separately from any previous one. 

What will I be able to do with my degree?

Our Bioveterinary Sciences degree has a very high employment and/or further study rate post-qualification.

Employment options

With the expansion and development of paraveterinary groups – including veterinary scientists, veterinary nurses and veterinary physiotherapists – there are many opportunities for our graduates to work in roles that complement and support veterinary surgeons in their promotion of animal health and welfare in all its aspects. There is also the opportunity to apply to our Graduate Accelerated BVetMed programme if you aspire to become a veterinary surgeon.

Other graduates go on to hold prominent positions in:

  • the pharmaceutical industry
  • the agricultural industry
  • government
  • the medical research sector
  • publishing

Some graduates use their skills to become entrepreneurs or to go into careers one does not necessarily associate with science such as graduate schemes in the actuarial and banking sectors, the conservation and charity sectors or education. There is a broad range of potential careers out there waiting for our graduates in whatever field they wish to turn their hands to. We encourage our graduates to seek fulfilment and enrichment in their careers and aim to expose them to a variety of opportunities that may pique their interest and broaden their horizons. 

Postgraduate research options

One very popular route following graduation from the BSc Bioveterinary Sciences programme is postgraduate study. Since the course was established in 2002 (first graduates 2005) numerous graduates have gone on to study PhDs at the RVC. These have included the following research projects:

  • Renal proteases, ENaC, P2X receptors and blood pressure control
  • Fat and foul, foal fiends: the role of fatty acid and cholesterol catabolism in the pathogenesis of Rhodococcus equi
  • Tissue-specific roles for cyclooxygenase isoforms in endothelial cell function and angiogenesis
  • The regulation in bone cells of Sost/sclerostin by mechanical strain
  • Spatial vision and social discrimination in the hen: from perception to cognition
  • Structural and functional specialisation of locomotion in the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
  • Effects of camelid antibodies on disease progression in prion-infected mice
  • Comparative sensory biomechanics of locomotion in horses, dogs, and insects
  • Identification of host factors which restrict African swine fever virus replication
  • Role of the sulphatases Sulf1A and Sulf1B in canine cancer
  • Predisposition to pasture-associated laminitis: role of insulin resistance and chronic inflammation
  • Deciphering the chemokine repertoire in chickens and their role in disease resistance
  • Physiological and biomechanical assessment of free-ranging sports dogs.

BSc Bioveterinary Sciences graduate Michelle Reeve, who is currently a PhD student in the RVC's Structure and Motion Lab, has been featured in The Independent newspaper discussing her research in the lab and the path that has brought her here - Where might a career in science take you?

The tuition fees for students commencing the course in 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU Tuition FeesInternational Fees

Island Fees (Channel Islands & Isle of Man)

£9,000A £18,030 £10,820

Tuition fee amounts are subject to increase each academic year, please be aware of this when making your calculations and planning how much money you will require.

  • Tuition Fees for Old regime1 students studying Sandwich/ Placement year will be £1,733A    
  • Tuition Fees for New regime2 students studying Sandwich/ Placement year will be £1,032A  
  • Tuition Fees for 2016 entrants students studying Sandwich/ Placement year will be £1,800A  
  • North American students are reminded that Placement year programme does not confer eligibility for Federal Students Aid!
  • Students from countries outside the European Union (EU) who wish to undertake full-time study at the RVC are required to pay the international fee for their programme of study (please see Fee status section).
  • Information on Fees & Funding for existing students can be found here

 

A. Provisional Fees- not yet confirmed, to be confirmed soon. 

  1. Old regime - Students who started their current course of study at a UK institution before September 2012 (2012/13 academic year)
  2. New regime - Students who started their current course of study at a UK institution from September 2012 to September 2015 academic year

Funding Options

Canadian Student Loans

The Royal Veterinary College is not involved in processing your application for a loan, however we can confirm your student status; please direct your queries to the Financialaidoffice@rvc.ac.uk

For an overview of the financial aid process for Canadian students, please visit the Campus Access website

Students should apply through their provincial student assistance office or website. When you apply for a loan, you are considered for funding by both the Provincial and Federal Government, meaning you only have to apply once for funding for the year. Federal loans are processed via the National Student Loans Service Centre and provincial loans through the provincial governments and student aid branches.

Loans and Grants - Government Financial Support (UK and EU Students)

Home UK students are entitled to;

  • A non-means tested tuition fee loan to the value of fees charged, for more details please see Tuition Fees Loan 
  • A variable means tested living cost loan, please see link 
  • A variable means tested living cost grant This is only applicable to full-time UK undergraduates who are continuing or start their course in 2015. If your household income is between £25,000 and £42,620 you would be entitled to a grant of between £50 and £3,387 which you won’t have to pay back, please see link 

EU students are eligible to apply for student support for tuition fees in the same way as home/UK students.

  • BVetMed Graduate Accelerated UK and EU students are only entitled to a variable means tested living cost loan, please see link 
  • please note  BVetMed Graduate Accelerated students are not eligible for tuition fee loans, grants and RVC bursaries.

Maintenance support for Prospective 16/17 (UK and EU students)

An indication of the support available to you in 2016/17, including RVC Bursaries.

All undergraduate students are eligible for a full tuition fees loan and this means that you will not have to pay undergraduate tuition fees before you start or during your time at RVC.

  • Please note  BVetMed Graduate Accelerated students are not eligible for tuition fee loans, grants and RVC bursaries, they are only entitled to a variable means tested living cost loan.

RVC Scholarship for Bioveterinary Sciences 16/17

For September 2016 entry, RVC will be offering one BSc scholarship per cohort and can be offered to a home or international student entering our BSc in Bioveterinary Sciences programme.

Tuition Fees Loan (UK and EU Students)

UK/ EU full-time undergraduate students will not have to pay tuition fees upfront unless you wish to. Instead, you will be able to apply for a student loan for the full tuition fees.

Please note this doesn’t include Graduate Accelerated BVetMed students who are not eligible to apply for a tuition fees loan.

For further details on what funding could be available to you, try the Student Finance calculator

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