Master of Veterinary Science (By Research)

The University of Melbourne

The objectives of this research degree are that graduates: have achieved a breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding in a particular field or set of related fields in veterinary science; can apply scientific methods to the definition and solution of problems by research; have acquired advanced technical skills relevant to the field of research; have acquired skills in the searching and manipulation of scientific literature and other relevant databases; are effective in scientific communication through both the spoken and written medium and to both professional colleagues and the wider community; can approach scientific research in a critical, perceptive and constructive way; have an understanding of the financing and management of scientific research; develop interpersonal skills to work as part of a team; observe the appropriate research codes of practice; demonstrate a professional approach to all areas of responsibility.

Course Fee:

International: $70,370

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor of Veterinary Science (usually honours level) or a recognised equivalent qualification.


Research training, based on the conduct of experiments under appropriate supervision, is given in a selected discipline area within the field of veterinary science. A thesis is submitted in fulfilment of the degree.

Subjects you can Study:

Avian health; Dairy medicine and management; Equine medicine and surgery; Radiology and diagnostic imaging; Sheep and beef cattle health and production; Small animal medicine and surgery; Small animal medicine; Small animal surgery; Veterinary pathology; Zoo animal and wildlife medicine

Study Pathways:

This degree may be converted to or followed by studies for the Doctor of Philosophy.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00116K

Related Careers:

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Parkville No info Yes Part time 4 years
Parkville No info Yes Full time 2 years
Numbers aren’t always important. But when you graduate from a university that's ranked one of the world’s best, you’ll share that reputation. Not just after graduation but long after you leave.


Why study with us 

With a 160-year history of leadership in learning, teaching and research, the University of Melbourne has grown to be an internationally respected institution, consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading universities – number one in Australia and number 32 in the world*. 

The value of a Melbourne education is backed up by the fact we’re ranked sixth in the world for graduate employability by the well-regarded QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.


Facilities and services 

The Parkville campus, with new, state-of-the-art facilities springing up beside our heritage buildings, connects Australia’s leading health and biomedical precinct with our faculties and schools, while the Southbank campus – home to studies in fine arts, performance and music – is on the doorstep of the best museums, galleries, theatres and concert halls in Australia. 

Our regional campuses provide immersive experiences in specialty areas like veterinary medicine, agriculture, and forestry.

Alongside our industry-focused academics, there are internships and volunteering opportunities to give you real-world work experience and develop leadership qualities, while giving you the chance to contribute to the community.


Admission and Selection

The University of Melbourne’s Study website is a ready resource for everything you need to know about studying at Australia’s leading university. From eligibility requirements for domestic and international students and submitting an application through VTAC to applying for special entry schemes and scholarships, you’re set up for success from the get-go.


Study options 

Our approach means you can create your own study path based on your interests and abilities, but with flexibility to explore new options along the way. In a world where careers are changing fast and employers want analytical and adaptable thinking, this flexibility has never been more important. 

Our bachelor degrees are offered in: Agriculture, Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Design, Fine Arts, Music, Oral Health, and Science and cover more than 100 areas of study. Our professional graduate programs include architecture, criminology, education, engineering, finance, law, medicine, nursing, optometry, psychology, urban planning, veterinary medicine and many, many more. 

We’ve also introduced a new suite of courses that bundle your undergraduate degree with your graduate study. These Graduate Degree Packages mean you’ll have the assurance of a guaranteed graduate place at the time you receive your offer. 

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