Undergraduate 

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.

The programme is delivered by expert life scientists and veterinary clinicians. Glasgow is rated one of the best in the UK for quality of veterinary research (REF 2014).

  • 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
  • Glasgow: main campus and Glasgow: Garscube campus

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 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.

Year 2

In the second year you will continue to develop your knowledge of molecular biology and animal physiology and will study animal management supplemented with large and small animal practical sessions.

Year 3

In 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 study veterinary public health and animal welfare and ethics, complemented by training in professional and quantitative skills. The second semester features a full-time 12 week research project at the School of Veterinary Medicine or another approved institution.

MSci

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 2020

BSc

A-levels

  • Standard entry requirements: ABB guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • Minimum entry requirements: Applicants must meet Standard Entry Requirements.
  • Additional requirements: A-level Chemistry AND A-level Biology.
     
    All qualifications taken in the same exam year and grades achieved at the first attempt.

About A-level entry requirements

The Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades at which any possible offer would be made. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

The Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades that the University will accept for entry to the degree programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).


A-Level qualifications must be achieved at the first attempt.


Highers

  • S5 standard entry requirements: AAAA/AAABB guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • S5 minimum entry requirements: ABBB to be considered for S6 offer.
  • S6 standard entry requirements: Highers ABBB plus Advanced Highers at CC cumulative grade requirement for S6 offer holders.
  • Additional requirements: Entry from S5 requires minimum AAAA/AAABB including Higher Chemistry & Biology at Grade A and Higher Physics or Mathematics at Grade B.
     
    Entry from S6 requires minimum ABBB for Highers including Chemistry and Biology AND either Physics or Mathematics PLUS two Advanced Highers including Chemistry or Biology.
     
    It is acceptable to take Chemistry or Biology as a crash Higher in S6 provided grades ABBB are obtained in S5.
     
    Grades must be achieved at the first attempt.

We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants who complete one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes: see Access Glasgow

  • Adjusted S5 standard entry requirements: AAAB/AAABB (no adjustment for S5 entry) guaranteed offer if meet additional requirements.
  • Adjusted S5 minimum entry requirements: No minimum at S5.
  • Adjusted S6 standard entry requirements: Highers BBBB plus Advanced Highers at CC cumulative grade requirement for S6 offer holders.
  • Adjusted additional requirements: Successful completion and grades in either the Top-Up Programme or Summer School.
     
    Entry from S6 requires minimum of Highers BBBB including Chemistry and Biology AND either Physics or Mathematics PLUS two Advanced Highers including Chemistry or Biology.
     
    It is acceptable to take Chemistry or Biology as a crash Higher in S6.
     
    Grades must be achieved at the first attempt.

About Higher entry requirements

SQA Highers

The S5 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades which, if attained in addition to successfully meeting mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests), will normally result in an offer being made. Students must achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5).

The S5 Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades which an applicant must have obtained by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5) in order for them to be considered for a conditional offer based on S6 results. Not all applicants who achieve the Minimum Academic Entry Requirements will be made an offer. This will depend on the number of applications we have received for a degree programme and the number of applicants who have met the Standard Academic Entry Requirements.

Where an applicant is made a conditional offer based on S6 results, the S6 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the cumulative grades that must be attained by the end of S6, in addition to meeting any mandatory subject and non-academic requirements. All degree programmes allow applicants to “double count” Highers and Advanced Highers in the same subject when calculating cumulative grades. A Grade B in an Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade A at Higher Level and a Grade C at Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade B at Higher Level. All degree programmes require grades in a minimum of four different subjects.

Advanced Highers

Advanced Highers are a qualification of increased importance to the University, which recognises that applicants with these qualifications find the transition to university easier and perform better in their university exams. Many of our degrees specify Advanced Highers as part of the S6 Entry Requirements.

If a school is unable to offer specific Advanced Higher subjects applicants will be made bespoke offers which will normally require the applicant to attain additional relevant Highers in S6.

Adjusted Entry Requirements

We adjust the Standard Academic Entry Requirements for eligible applicants who complete one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes. Criteria for eligibility include attending a Scottish target secondary school, living in a priority Scottish postcode area, current or previous experience of living in care or estrangement from family support.

For more information about your eligibility and our pre-entry programmes see: Access Glasgow.



International

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 Points including three HL subjects at 6,6,5 guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 32 Points including three HL subjects at 6,5,5 considered for offer if meet additional requirements.
  • Additional requirements: Applicants must have Chemistry AND Biology at HL5/SL5. Mathematics or Physics at SL5.
     
    All qualifications taken in the same exam year and grades achieved at the first attempt.

About International Baccalaureate entry requirements

The Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades at which any possible offer would be made. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

The Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades that the University will accept for entry to the degree programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).


International Baccalureate qualifications must be achieved at the first attempt.

European qualifications


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

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:

FAQs

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: kelly.fox@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:


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 unique programme is tailored to prepare students for a varied and fulfilling range of careers in veterinary science.
Our students have progressed to graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, enrolled in veterinary medicine programmes, and entered employment in the fields of 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

MSci

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.

Scholarships

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.

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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). 

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James McCune Smith Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has 30 undergraduate scholarships available for students of African/African-Caribbean backgrounds. The scholarship supports students who could face financial difficulties taking up their place to study at the University. The value of the scholarship is £2,000, paid in instalments for one year of undergraduate study.

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The Martin Niemöller Scholarship (College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences)

The German Speaking Congregation in Glasgow are pleased to offer one scholarship award of £500 for students originating from German speaking countries. The scholarship will support those students in need of financial support at any stage of their degree programme.

All students awarded a Martin Niemöller Scholarship will be asked to submit a short letter of thanks to the Development and Alumni Office for onward transmissions to the donors of the award.

More Information

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 can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using 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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