Veterinary biosciences is a biological sciences programme dedicated to those areas of science that underpin veterinary medicine. The programme brings together world-renowned veterinary and life scientists.
This programme will provide you with an understanding of those aspects of animal science which underpin both the role and use of animals in society and in modern veterinary and laboratory animal practice.
Years 1 and 2
The first two years of the programme will consist of chemistry, biology, animal husbandry and comparative biomedical sciences such as anatomy and physiology, combined with biomolecular sciences and a wide choice of related subjects.
Years 3 and 4
In year 3, the focus will be on pathological sciences (for example infectious disease and molecular oncology), and will embrace the principles and effect of drug action.
The final taught year will include courses on scientific methods, statistics, population medicine, epidemiology and animal welfare, ethics and legislation, with a significant research project.
You can take Veterinary Biosciences as an MSci, which includes an additional placement year. This is normally spent doing research in industry or some other organisation such as a research institute. Placements are usually in the UK, but can also be taken overseas. They happen between third year and the final year of the degree.
The Veterinary Biosciences degree will provide an excellent preparation for a career in veterinary research or if you are considering a career in the animal care or pharmaceutical industries, where a broad understanding of the biomedical sciences would be an asset.
Other career possibilities include teaching of biological subjects at schools, colleges of further education or universities.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: minimum ABBB and 2 C at Advanced Higher Chemistry and Biology.
A-levels: AAB, including two science subjects. AS Level in either Biology or Chemistry. All Biology students study a minimum level of Chemistry in first year.
IB: A minimum of 34 points is required to be considered for an offer. Actual offers will specify subjects and grades to be attained at Higher Level.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details. If you’re from outside the EU, please see International students for more information.
We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.
For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see: