How to apply 

Applications for taught postgraduate programmes are submitted through our on-line portal. 

Applications are now closed for for September 2023 entry - please check back in early 2024 to apply for 2024 entry.  

Students must submit complete applications that include the documents/information below:

  1. Personal statement explaining why you would like to do the course and outlining your relevant skills and experiences - further guidance will be found in the portal.
  2. Qualification certificates and transcripts (scanned copies). If your award is pending, please upload the transcript of the modules/classes already undertaken.
  3. Clinical experience. Applicants are required to demonstrate a minimum of 12 months paid (not volunteer) clinical veterinary experience as a licensed veterinarian with primary case responsibility (i.e. not job shadowing, not being mentored, but being specifically responsible/accountable for managing cases).
  4. Academic references. It is your responsibility to ensure these have been provided, either as an upload (this should be on letter headed paper and contain the signature of the referee) or via the referee contact mechanism on the online form. 
  5. Passport and/or any relevant visas.
  6. Membership of relevant professional body/regulator/council.

If you haven’t uploaded the above attachments, your application may not be processed. If you are having problems obtaining the above documents, please contact before submitting your application.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (DFID)

If you intend to apply for the course under the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme, please note you will need to apply to both the CSC and RVC directly. Please ensure you are eligible before submitting an application: you will need to make clear in the Funding section of your RVC application that you are a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme applicant. Applications for 2023 Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are closed.

Priority applicants NB: Applicants who have met the English language requirements for the course (and uploaded/sent us their results) by 4th March 2023, as well as those from the countries listed below, will be prioritised for consideration. We have listed the equivalent qualification to a UK Bachelor Honours degree for each country, which will be needed to meet our entry requirements. Where a qualification is not listed there is not an equivalent qualification from this country which would meet our current requirements, but qualifications studied elsewhere which are equivalent to a UK Bachelor Honours degree would be accepted. Note: only those who have submitted applications to both the RVC and the CSC by the deadlines above will be shortlisted. 

Eswatini – Master’s degree


Lesotho – Master’s degree

Malawi – Master’s degree

Mozambique – Grau de Mestre (Master’s)

Papua New Guinea – Bachelor(hons) degree

Rwanda – Diplome de Docteur en Medecine/Bachelor(hons) degree

Solomon Islands – Bachelor degree from University of the South Pacific

Tanzania – Bachelor degree/Doctor of Medicine/Veterinary Medicine

Gambia – Master’s degree


Vanuatu – Bachelor degree from University of the South Pacific  

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