Veterinary Biosciences BSc/MSci

Veterinary biosciences student

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.

School of Veterinary Medicine runs an requisite Widening Participation programme for the recruitment and support of under-represented groups of students. Further information:

  • September start
  • Session dates
  • Veterinary Biosciences BSc (Hons): D300 4 year degree
  • Veterinary Biosciences MSci: 5 year degree
    Applications to the MSci are not taken via UCAS: you may apply for transfer mid-BSc

Programme structure

In this programme you will learn about the science that underpins the biology of animal health and disease. You will develop a range of core transferable 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. 

Year 1

In the first year of the programme you will study a range of subjects including animal anatomy and physiology, chemistry and biology.

Year 2

You will study principles of animal management, physiology and molecular sciences and receive training in basic research skills.

Year 3

You will study the pathogenesis, diagnosis and management of disease and develop an appreciation of current challenges in these fields. You will develop further skills in research and diagnostic technologies. 

Year 4

In the final year of the programme you will develop advanced professional and quantitative skills and study population medicine, epidemiology and animal welfare and conservation. The second semester features a full-time 12 week research project at the School of Veterinary Medicine or another approved institution.


The MSci includes an additional work placement year in industry or a research institute after year 3 with students returning to complete a final year as detailed above. This offers an excellent opportunity to gain further research skills and exposure to a workplace environment. 

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Special Glasgow feature

The Veterinary Biosciences programme at Glasgow is run in collaboration with associated research institutes across both Gilmorehill and Garscube campuses.The School of Veterinary Medicine has its own working farm, the Scottish Centre for Production Animal Health & Food Safety large animal facility, Weipers Centre Equine Hospital and Small Animal Hospital, all for potential use in teaching and practical sessions.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2021

Summary of entry requirements for Veterinary Biosciences

SQA Higher Entry Requirements (by end of S6)

  • AAAAAB Higher or AAABB Higher + C Advanced Higher. Minimum consideration ABBBBB or ABBB + Advanced Higher
  • Additional requirements: Higher Chemistry, Biology and Maths/Physics. Advanced Higher Chemistryor Biology.

SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements* (by end of S6)

  • AABB/ABBB or BBBB + C Advanced Higher
  • Additional requirements: Higher Chemistry, Biology and Maths/Physics. Advanced Higher Chemistry or Biology.

* See Access Glasgow for eligibility.

SQA Entry requirements (entry from end of S5)

  • Additional requirements: Higher Chemistry & Biology at A and Maths/Physics at B.

A-level Standard Entry Requirements

  • AAB – BBB
  • Additional requirements: A-Level Chemistry or Biology.

IB Standard Entry Requirements

  • 36 (6,6,5 HL) – 32 (6,5,5 HL)
  • Additional requirements: HL Chemistry or Biology.

Advanced Entry into Level 2

  • Advanced Higher AA, A-Levels A*AA
  • Additional requirements: Chemistry and Biology at A
  • Biology based HNC/HND or other institutional study considered on a case by case basis.

2021 Admissions Policy and further information about entry requirements

Glasgow International College

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of foundation certificates.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

English language requirements

Important information for entry in Autumn 2020 and January 2021

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*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
  • 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 (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • 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 External Relations

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

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, applied and hands-on nature of this programme prepares students for a varied and fulfilling range of careers in veterinary biosciences. Our students have progressed to graduate degrees in specialist areas of biomedical sciences, as well as directly into careers in animal nutrition, animal care, conservation and welfare, public health, veterinary diagnostic and scientific research, veterinary physiotherapy, secondary school teaching, the pharmaceutical industry, and epidemiological and disease risk assessment.

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:

BSc (Hons)

Veterinary Biosciences: D300 (4 years)


Applications to the MSci are not taken via UCAS: you may apply for transfer mid-BSc

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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


The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That's why we've invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.

RUK Access Bursary 2020 Entry

The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship. It is available to new entrant full-time, undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2020/21, as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.

RUK Excellence Scholarship 2020

The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent). 

Humanitarian Scholarships

The University of Glasgow is offering four scholarships (one per college) for applicants to the University who are staying in the UK on humanitarian grounds and are facing challenges in progressing onto Higher Education. The scholarship is open to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate taught students of the University of Glasgow applying for entry in 2021/22. The scholarship meets the full cost of tuition fees for the duration of your programme as well providing an additional £5,000 per year stipend, if the eligibility criteria for university accommodation is met this will also be provided for the duration of your degree. For more information on the accommodation criteria, please see the Accommodation Services section on the website.

We are also offering eight scholarships to students who hold refugee status. This scholarship is awarded as a £2,500 stipend towards study costs, per year of study.

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

How to apply


Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). 

International students to Arts, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Science, and Social Sciences can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS. Applications to Dentistry, Education, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine must be made through UCAS.

Application deadlines

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also 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

We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.

It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

Apply via UCAS


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