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 which accounts for half of the intercalated degree programme. You will have a choice of over 70 different projects, from a broad range of specialisation including locomotion, reproduction, cell & molecular biology, physiology, epidemiology, infection & 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 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU Tuition FeesInternational Fees

Island Fees (Channel Islands & Isle of Man)

£9,250 £17,500 £11,980

  • 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.
  • Old regime1 students who are studying an intercalated course in 2016/17 will be charge the old regime tuition fees of £3,465 
  • Tuition Fees for Old regime1 students studying Sandwich/ Placement year will be £1,733    
  • Tuition Fees for New regime2 students studying Sandwich/ Placement year will be £1,032  
  • Tuition Fees for 2016 entrants students studying Sandwich/ Placement year will be £1,800  
  • 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

  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

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 (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

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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