What is the Intercalated BSc Bioveterinary Sciences programme?

The Intercalated BSc Bioveterinary Sciences programme is aimed at second and third-year veterinary and medicine undergraduates with a strong interest in research. The programme allows participants to develop their interests in cutting-edge scientific research and aims to equip students with the following:

  • A passion for biomedical research within the context of a diverse range of species
  • An appreciation of the fundamental principles of bioveterinary disciplines
  • An understanding of the complexity of comparative biology

Our students come from many different schools, backgrounds and countries all sharing common goals; a strong ambition to succeed in the veterinary field and a desire to improve animal health and welfare.

Teaching and Programme structure


Each student needs to complete two modules from a combination of the following:

Half modules          

  • Advanced Concepts in Biobusiness          
  • Endocrine & Metabolic Syndromes          
  • Parasitology of Tropical Human & Veterinary Diseases          
  • Practical Investigative Biology          
  • Advanced Concepts in Reproduction          
  • Development and Disease          
  • Advanced Skeletal Pathobiology          
  • Epidemiology: The Big Picture          
  • Genetics in Action          
  • Applied Molecular Microbiology  
  • Animal Behaviour & Welfare

Full modules                   

  • Comparative Animal Locomotion          
  • Comparative Models of Disease          
  • Infection & Immunity

Typically these modules attract between 10 and 20 students which makes the learning environment considerably more personalised than is possible on veterinary or medical degree courses. Teaching is usually a mix of seminar presentations, small group learning (including directed learning), practicals and tutorials.

You will be taught by an extensive range of scientists and clinicians who are knowledgeable from their own experience of animal disease and research. this means we will cover virtually every aspect of animal biology, management and disease that is likely to interest you.

The Research project

Special emphasis is placed on the research project in the Intercalated year. Your research project can be selected from a broad range of specialisations including locomotion, reproduction, cell and molecular biology, physiology, epidemiology, infection and immunity. Several of these research projects contribute to publications every year either as conference abstracts or as full articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Veterinary undergraduates from all UK and EU veterinary schools are eligible, as well as Medicine undergraduates from UK/EU medical schools. 

Intercalation is normally considered between second- and third-year, or third- or fourth-year. 

Academically-speaking, applicants will need to pass the year they are currently undertaking, and historical performance will be considered as part of the assessment. 


Application Forms

Applications for the 2017/8 course are now being accepted. Please download and complete the form from the How to Apply section on the left. 

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 £18,570 £10,500

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

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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