What is the BVetMed with Intercalated Year?

To complete this programme you will study the five-year BVetMed course and also spend one year (usually between Years Two and Three) completing an intercalated degree. During this year out you will undertake detailed Year Three BSc level study, leading to the award of a classified BSc degree.

The intercalation year offers you the opportunity to enhance your scientific curiosity, develop your scientific and research skills, and broaden your career options. This additional year will be of relevance to you if:

  • You are interested in scientific methodology and its application to biology and disease processes
  • You would prefer to keep your options open should a scientific or research career seem preferable at a later date
  • You are keen to reinforce the basic science foundation upon which you can then build a career in veterinary medicine

Whatever your reasons, you will learn many new skills involving scientific method, project design, hypothesis building and testing and practical lab work (depending on your project).

You can choose to spend this year within the RVC on one of our two tailor-made BSc courses, which are available for intercalation by second and third-year veterinary, medical and dentistry students:

Alternatively you have the option to study one of the many BSc courses that are offered by other universities, for example King's College London and the University of Liverpool, or you can opt to intercalate onto one of our MSc programmes. 

After your year out you will most likely re-enter at the start of the clinical BVetMed programme (Year Three), although we have had several students who have opted to undertake PhD studies for a further three years first.

What will I learn?

During your intercalation BSc year you will gain:

  • An understanding of the fundamentals of scientific method
  • Research expertise in project design, hypothesis building and testing
  • Practical laboratory experience (depending on your project)

Programme delivery

Both programmes include a mix of compulsory and optional modules. The modules can accommodate up to 20 students, which makes the learning environment more personalised than is possible on standard veterinary, medical and dental degree courses. Teaching is normally a mix of:

  • Seminar presentations
  • Small group learning (including directed learning)
  • Practicals
  • Tutorials

In addition to the taught modules, you will undertake a personal research project, which accounts for half of the intercalated degree programme.

Course content and structure

For details of the course content and assessment methods download the Course Outline (Programme Specifications).

The entry requirements for the BVetMed with Intercalated Year (D101) are the same as those for the BVetMed (D100). Click here for full details.

Intercalation is also an option for D100 students, but choosing the D101 route guarantees your selection (subject to satisfactory academic progress) and may ease organisational matters such as loans/funding or visas.

What will I be able to do with my qualification?

You will be entitled to practice as a veterinarian as soon as you have earned your BVetMed degree and registered as a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) but the intercalated degree is also excellent preparation for postgraduate research or careers within various related industries or governmental agencies.

Our graduates go on to enjoy a wide range of careers in veterinary medicine, including positions in:

  • Small animal practices
  • Mixed practices
  • Equine practices
  • Farm/livestock environments
  • Wild animal environments
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Military support
  • Industry
  • Research
  • Government
  • Academia

Global careers

The RVC's accreditation status with the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and the reciprocal arrangement between the RCVS and the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc (AVBC) allows BVetMed graduates to register to practise in Europe, Australia and New Zealand without requiring any further qualifications.

In addition, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) will recognise your degree as equivalent to those awarded by veterinary colleges in the United States. The RVC is the only English veterinary school accredited by the AVMA, and this gives you a unique advantage. Some of the USA’s major veterinary employers recruit actively among our final year students. Please note, however, that you will be required to sit the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) if you intend to work in North America after qualifying. 

The tuition fees for students commencing the course in 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU Tuition FeesInternational Fees

Island Fees (Channel Islands & Isle of Man)

£9,250 £33,990 £19,000

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.

  • For Sandwich/ Placement year fees for UK, EU and international students see link
  • 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

Funding Options

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

Bank of England Scholarship for new students starting a full-time undergraduate degree in September 2017 from a black or mixed African/Caribbean background.

Bank of England in partnership with Windsor Fellowship

If you're from a black or mixed African/Caribbean background and are looking for financial support whilst at university, our scholarship programme may be for you.

It’s a great way to experience our fascinating work as a central Bank in a collaborative and inclusive environment. The programme will provide you with:

Up to £30,000 to support living costs during your undergraduate degree.

• Paid summer internships.

Mentoring, coaching and support from a member of our team.

The programme is open to students who are eligible to work and study in the UK, with at least 260 UCAS points and a household income below £50,000. You must be planning to start a full-time undergraduate degree in Autumn 2017.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 26th February 2017

Applications for the 2017 intake are now closed.

To register your interest for the 2018 and to find out more about the full eligibility criteria, visit see link.

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 for Undergraduate UK and EU Students

Alongside the bursaries and scholarships offered by the RVC, there is financial support available from the Government to help cover the costs of living and studying. Financial support is available for students from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and other EU countries.

Financial support is made up of four main elements

  • Fee Loan
  • Maintenance Loan
  • Maintenance Grant - this is only available to full-time UK undergraduate students who commenced their studies on or before 2015/16 academic year.

For further details visit;

NB: 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 and grants. They are only entitled to a variable means tested living cost loan and RVC bursaries.

USA Student Loans

The RVC participates in the Direct Loan Program in which federal financial assistance is made available from the US Department of Education to US students studying at the RVC. The purpose of this page is to inform you about the process of applying for financial assistance.

The RVC College will originate Direct Stafford loans and Direct Graduate and Parent PLUS loans and full-time students from the USA who are attending at the RVC are normally eligible for funding. The RVC also participates in the VA Educational Benefits programme.

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