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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.

Academic Qualifications

Applicants should have a first- or second-class university honours degree in biological sciences, a veterinary or medical degree.


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.


EU Students

For up-to-date information on post-brexit arrangements for students please see: UKCISA Student News


If you have any questions about eligibility please contact the Graduate School:


Short-listing and interviews

MRes applications are checked for eligibility by the Graduate School once the deadline is reached. Applications 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 campuses with the supervisory team (in some circumstances, interviews can be conducted via Skype, Zoom 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 funded MRes projects are occasionally advertised.

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, and students undertake the course over one year fulltime or two years part-time (this option is only available for some projects).

For our October 2021 MRes intake we will be offering range of funded and self-funded projects. The projects available are linked below:

Lead Supervisor Project Title  Deadline

2021/22 projects will be uploaded April/May 2021


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 in the first instance and then follow the steps outlined on the How To Apply pages.


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. 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.

You can find potential supervisors, by looking through our Research Centres and Facilities pages. We find applicants are often more successful when contacting supervisors directly. 

The deadline for applications for other self-funded MRes projects starting in October 2021 is July 2021.

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.

Further information on the course including the MRes Student Handbook, MRes Programme Specification, MRes Award and Assessment Regulations, and Research Student's Code of Practice can be found HERE.

    Tuition Fees

    The tuition fees are as follows:

    Couse Year commencing course UK EU International 
    MRes (FT) 2020/21 £4,407 £4,407 £24,080
    MRes (PT) 2020/21 £2,203.50 £2,203.50 £12,040
    MRes (FT) 2021/22 TBC £25,280 £25,280
    MRes (PT) 2021/22 TBC £12,640 £12,640


    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.

    International Students please see funding options for international students.

    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.

    Funding Options

    Postgraduate Master's Loan 2019/20

    Postgraduate Master's Loan is funding to help with course and living costs whilst studying a postgraduate Master’s level course. The loan is seen as a contribution to the costs of postgraduate study, and is paid directly to the students, so you can spend it as you wish – tuition fees, accommodation, course books, and living expenses.

    Further Information

    Professional and Career Development Loans

    The Professional and Career Development Loan scheme is now closed for new applications.

    You’ll not be affected if you have an existing loan.

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