Veterinary Biosciences


Veterinary biosciences is a biological sciences programme designed to provide students with a strong understanding of the key elements that underpin all modern biological sciences with a major focus on the biology of health and disease in animals.

The programme is taught and delivered by leading expert life scientists and veterinary clinicians at the School of Veterinary Medicine, which has been ranked as 7th best in the world.

Programme structure

In this degree you will learn about the science that underpins the biology of animal health and disease. You will develop a range of core transferrable skills as well as research skills including laboratory-based investigations, statistics, data handling and effective scientific communication and you will also get the opportunity to conduct independent research.  

  • In the first year of the programme you will study a range of subjects including animal anatomy, animal husbandry, animal production and management and animal physiology as well as chemistry and biology. These courses will ensure you are equipped with a solid foundation and skills base for subsequent years of study.
  • In the second year you will engage in more specialised bioscience modules including comparative nutrition, advanced physiology, molecular sciences and genetics and you will receive training in basic research skills.
  • In year 3 you will focus on studying the pathological basis of disease and oncogenesis, the principles of infection and immunity, pharmacology and drug dispensing and the biology of pain and pain management.
  • The final year of the honours programme includes courses on scientific methods and statistics, population medicine, epidemiology and animal welfare and ethics. You will also have the opportunity to engage in a research project in laboratories in the School of Veterinary Medicine, Institutes of Infection and Immunity or Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine or in other approved internal and external institutions.
  • Our programme also offers you the opportunity to undertake a placement year as part of the MSci in Veterinary Biosciences.  This allows students to engage in research in industry or other research organisations in the UK or abroad for a full academic year. This offers an excellent opportunity to gain further research skills and exposure to a workplace environment. The placement year normally happens between year 3 and final year.

Our international links

You will have the opportunity to apply to study abroad. There are currently two options available: the Erasmus+ Programme and the International Exchange Programme. See Study abroad.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2016


  • Standard academic entry requirements: ABB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Chemistry and Biology. 


  • Standard academic entry requirements: ABBB and CC Advanced Highers
  • Other mandatory requirements: ABBB at one sitting, including Chemistry and Biology, with either Physics or Mathematics, together with two Advanced Highers, one of which should be Chemistry or Biology (at grades CC). It is acceptable to take Chemistry or Biology as a crash Higher in S6 provided grades ABBB are obtained in S5.

See Access Glasgow for pre-entry programme eligibility and adjusted grade requirements.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Chemistry and Biology, one of which at HL5 plus Maths or Physics at SL5.

European qualifications

Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: Science European Requirements [pdf]

Accepted Science subjects

Accepted Science subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Science
  • Engineering Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Human Biology
  • Lifeskills Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics of Mechanics
  • Physics
  • Statistics

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

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): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English language: B minimum
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit 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 School of Modern Languages and Cultures 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:

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 see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.

Career prospects

The specialist and applied nature of the programme will prepare you for a diverse range of careers including biomedical sciences, animal care, nutrition, public health, scientific and agricultural research, the pharmaceutical industry, the civil service, animal charities, epidemiology and disease risk assessment and advisory and conservation bodies. For example, one of our recent graduates was appointed as research coordinator at a national feed company while others have been employed in research labs concerned with animal health issues. The programme may also provide a suitable platform for students wishing to undertaking a postgraduate degree; many of our graduates have opted for further specialised research training at masters or doctoral level in fields as diverse as dog behaviour (funded by the SSPCA), dairy cattle health at the Institute of Animal Health and molecular biological research, as well as biological sciences teacher training.

Whilst this programme does not provide recognised training for those wishing to practise as a veterinary surgeon, some students choose to study Veterinary Biosciences prior to entering a veterinary medicine degree programme.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:


  • KIS
    Veterinary Biosciences: D300

You may apply for transfer to the MSci mid-programme. Applications are NOT taken via UCAS. 

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.


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:

How to apply

UCAS deadlines

The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.

The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

British Sign Language

UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.  

Apply at or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.


"This degree covers a wide range of interesting subjects. The teaching and support staff were outstanding throughout the 4 year course. It has provided me with the ideal starting point for pursuing a career in research."
Michael Rennie (Class of 2014 graduate)