Studying Biosciences at the RVC

Our biosciences programmes are designed to give students a clear and detailed understanding of animal and human 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, health advisory work, public engagement of science or in the charity sector or 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 national newspaper, ‘The Guardian’, in an article entitled “Science students gain practical skills on postgrad courses”.

What is the BSc Biological Sciences or BSc Bioveterinary Sciences with a Certificate in Work-Based Learning and Research?

Our Biological Sciences and Bioveterinary Sciences courses explore the basic biological sciences that inform current biomedical research and clinical practice.  

Within the BSc Biological Sciences and BSc Bioveterinary Sciences courses, the placement year is spent working in industry, the charity sector, a government department or research institute. As well as learning on the job, you will be able to develop your employability and research skills, gain an invaluable understanding of the work place and the biosciences sector, and form new contacts – all of which will help you secure your chosen job after graduation. The placement lasts a minimum of 30 weeks and you complete a Placement Project during the year, which will form part of your assessment. You are required to be proactive in searching for, applying to and securing your own placement, although support and guidance on finding a placement will be provided in specific timetabled sessions and further advice will be available during lecturers’ office hours. 

Most placements are salaried and students can expect to earn between £8000 and £17,000 during the year. A placement sometimes leads to an offer of a position after graduation or future sponsorship for studying a PhD and you can certainly expect to extend your professional network.

This course benefits from prestigious Advanced Accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Advanced Degree Accreditation by the Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The Advanced Accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.

Prospective Modules

Year 1

Biology of Cells (15)

This module will provide you with the basic information necessary to understand cellular structure and function, placing particular emphasis on cellular architecture, cell communication and the processing of signals received by each individual cell, and how cells are affected by the structure and function of the specialised extracellular matrix environment. These aspects are integrated into a holistic framework through an introduction to homeostasis at the cellular, extracellular, tissue and organ levels of the body.

Inheritance, Genetics and Evolution (15)

Appreciating how different characteristics are inherited is key to a fuller understanding of the mechanisms underlying all biological processes in health and disease. This module will provide a comprehensive overview of genetics from molecules to populations and how genetics can be applied to increase our understanding of diseases and in the design of new therapies to treat them.

Developmental Biology (15)

The overall aim of this module is to introduce the student to principles of developmental biology in humans and other vertebrates. By the end of the module, students should be able to understand the concepts of how a single cell forms an embryo and how genes control this process.

The Moving Animal (15)

Locomotion is one of the primary behaviours of daily living in humans and animals, and healthy locomotor function is essential to well-being. The aim of this module is to introduce you to the principles of movement across the range of organisational levels:  from the whole organism interacting with its environment, to integrated systems, tissues, and cells. This module will provide a framework to recognise healthy and impaired locomotor function. We will also highlight interactions among different body systems in the whole organism. Throughout this module you will be thinking about how many fundamental structures and mechanisms are shared between different body systems and how the different systems interact and influence one another.

Integrated Physiology I (15)

This module is split into two units. The first unit explores reproductive physiology in humans and other mammals from fertilisation to an adult capable of reproduction. The second unit provides the basic concepts in immunology by defining the components of the immune system and how they work in concert to eradicate pathogens.

Integrated Physiology II (15)

The module is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of physiology using a systems-based approach. Units on fundamentals of cellular biochemistry and metabolic processes, digestive physiology, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, neurology and renal physiology, will provide a good overview of how biological processes at the cellular, tissue and organ level contribute to function of the organism as a whole.

Problem Definition and Investigation (includes first-year project) (30)

The aim of this module is to encourage development of your critical and analytical thinking whilst consolidating the biological principles learned in the previous modules. The approach to learning in this module is problem-based.   For the first three weeks you will work in small groups to answer scientific questions in different areas of current research strength within the various departments of the RVC.  For the second three weeks of this module, you will undertake an in-depth independent library-based project focused on an active area of research within the college, under the supervision of an academic member of staff. Through independent analysis of the scientific literature, you will review why the scientific question that you are focusing on is important, describe the methods by which it is being investigated and provide an analysis, with appropriate conclusions, drawn from published data.

Academic tutorials and professional skills workshops 

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. Topics likely to be covered: Genetics; Protein Malfunction and Disorders; Principles of Pathology; Cell Division and Transformation; Homeostasis, Breakdown and Repair; Immunopathology. 

The Enemy Without (30)

This module provides 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. Topics likely to be covered: 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.

Introduction to One Health (15)

This module provides an introduction to One Health principles and current disease challenges, and the application of a One Health perspective to disease prevention and control. You will explore the relationships between animal, human and ecosystem health using examples of infectious and non-communicable diseases to illustrate OH principles within an evolutionary and ecological context.


NB: The modules above are what have been offered previously and illustrate the type of content one can expect but are subject to review. 

Year 3 (Placement Year)

 A Placement in Year 3 of the course leads to a Certificate in Work-Based Learning and Research.  

The certificate allows you to spend a year working in industry, the charity sector, a government department or research institute. As well as learning on the job, you will be able to develop your employability and research skills, gain an invaluable understanding of the work place and the biosciences sector, and form new contacts – all of which will help you secure your chosen job after graduation.  

The placement must last a minimum of 30 weeks and you will need to complete a Placement Project during your year, which will form part of your assessment.  

You are required to be proactive in searching for, applying to and securing your own placement, although support and guidance on finding a placement will be provided in specific timetabled sessions and further advice will be available during lecturers’ office hours.  

Most placements are salaried and students can expect to earn between £8000 and £17,000 during the year. A placement sometimes leads to an offer of a position after graduation or future sponsorship for studying a PhD and you can certainly expect to extend your professional network.  

Year 4

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)

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.   

Applied Molecular Microbiology (15)

In addition to their importance as pathogens, microbes have many beneficial uses. This module will give students the opportunity to explore the beneficial biotechnological use of microbes in the food industry, and in human and animal health. The module will explore the use of microbes as factories, microbes and food, microbes in research and microbes and health. The module will highlight the historical and state of the art applications of microbes as useful organisms, and you will have hands-on opportunities to explore how microbes can be used for the production of biopharmaceuticals.

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.   

Animal Behaviour and Cognition (15)

The module will provide theoretical and applied training in animal behaviour science and animal cognition. It will focus on wild animals, but relevance to domesticated animals will be made clear and examples will be given. The course covers mammals and birds in depth, but also includes information on reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. Practicals/ field trips will include a dog training demonstration and a visit to a professional Animal Behaviour conference.

Animals and Human Society (15)

The module will provide theoretical and applied training the ethics and law associated with animals and society. It will focus on the interactions between, and uses of, animals and society at large, including the political and legal frameworks that govern this. The module will be divided into the different areas of animal use, such as companion, working, industrial, research and culinary; and particular focus on the different approaches by society to these animals will be addressed. The course covers ethical theories, the social contract and jurisprudence; legal case studies of breaches in animal care will be used to highlight this understanding. Additionally, social science research and political tools will be used to demonstrate how society may respond to scientific research and how to improve impact. Practicals/field trips will include a trip to Parliament or Court to view animal welfare impacts and debates or an away day of criminal cases.

Applied Animal Welfare (15)

The module will examine important animal welfare issues from a UK and global perspective. Investigating and critically evaluating the demands of current and future practices on the welfare of animals under the domain of humans. Independent learning will be encouraged with the use of small group student-lead learning, directed learning, use of learning resources and self-directed independent study. Field trips/practicals will include visits to an abattoir, livestock market, London Zoo and to a farm.

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 (tbc) 

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.    

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. 

Science of Animal Welfare (15)

The module will provide theoretical and methodological training in Animal Welfare Science, which is broadly equivalent to the biology of sensations, motivation and emotions. It will cover a range of behavioural, physiological and other indicators of diverse welfare states, illustrated with examples including wild, farm, companion and laboratory animals. Visits include small group tours of appropriate animals in the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals to observe behavioural indicators of pain and sickness and the efforts made to alleviate suffering; practicals will include using heart rate to measure mild psychological and physical stress in oneself, developing and applying a welfare assessment protocol to a horse, measuring physiology, and examining available tissue pathologies to assess the likely pain caused by the pathology in the animal.


Students on this programme can also take several optional modules at King’s College London up to a total of 60 credits.  


NB: The modules above are as planned and illustrate the type of content one can expect but some alterations are possible

Academic qualifications

The academic entry requirements for the BSc Biological Sciences or BSc Bioveterinary Sciences with a Certificate in Work-Based Learning and Research are the same as those for the Biological Sciences or Bioveterinary Sciences courses.

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Entry onto the Placement Year is subject to satisfactory progression and preparation in Years 1 and 2.

English language requirements

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

All applicants must have an acceptable English Language qualification, many of which are listed under 'Academic qualifications' above. Please see our English Language Requirements page for a list of qualifications we accept as alternatives.

What will I be able to do with my degree?

During your placement year, you will learn on the job, develop your employability and research skills, gain an invaluable understanding of the work place and the biosciences sector, and form new contacts – all of which will help you secure your chosen job after graduation.

Employment options

Our Bioveterinary science students often opt to stay within the veterinary industry although their knowledge is also applicable to humans. Our Biological science students may wish to translate their knowledge to either animal or human related health industries. For those who wish to translate their knowledge into clinical practice, the degree allows one to apply for both graduate Medicine and Veterinary Medicine programmes.  

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 alternative careers 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?


"Working within molecular diagnostics was a once in a lifetime chance.

I was incredibly lucky to get a placement at Lumora Ltd. I have always had an interest in DNA and genetics.

During my placement I have had the opportunity to evaluate and develop several DNA tests, some of which are now on the commercial market! It was fascinating to be involved with the development process from an initial target organism to a fully viable test. I also had the chance to work on blue skies research – a daunting but extremely liberating experience. Lab book writing, sequence analysis and primer design are just some of the highly valuable and transferable skills I now have, that should put me in good stead for the future.

I hope to continue my career in genetics for a long time to come."

--Kirsty Davies, BSc Bioveterinary Science student with Certificate in Work-based Learning

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)

£9,250A £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

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

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)

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.
  • RVC Bursary 
  • RVC scholarships schemes  

Further Information

Maintenance support for Prospective 17/18 (UK and EU students)

An indication of the support available to you in 2017/18, 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, they are only entitled to a variable means tested living cost loan and RVC bursaries.

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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