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

Why study with us

At the University of Melbourne, your success begins from the day you set foot on campus. 

The unique and proven Melbourne Model, Australia’s most progressive curriculum, allows you the flexibility to uncover and explore your passions, assisting you to achieve greatness, no matter what you decide to do – during your studies and for your career. From solving real-world problems to forming powerful relationships as you go, your success is already in the making.

At Melbourne, you’ll be exposed to different ideas, approaches and ways of thinking that will help you adapt and change successfully – something that’s crucial in a world where careers, jobs and employer demands are shifting as fast as you can read this.

The Melbourne Model offers pathways into law, engineering, medicine, architecture, teaching and more. Combining undergraduate and graduate study gives you a higher qualification than a double degree. In fact, 97 per cent of Melbourne undergraduates and 98 per cent of postgraduates are employed three to five years after graduating (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018).

Facilities and Services

Ideally located in the heart of Melbourne, the University of Melbourne is an integral part of the city’s history and culture and boasts the world-class facilities, student accommodation and collaborative learning precincts only a premium, inner-city university can offer. The support Melbourne offers students – from housing advice, career and employability information, study assistance, disability and counselling – is one reason why Melbourne students are more likely to complete their degree than those at any other Australian university (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Report 2017).

With our communities of interest – including places of worship, the student union Queer Space, and Murrup Barak for Indigenous students – everyone feels welcome.

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

At Melbourne you’ll start with one of our undergraduate degrees. Whether it’s one of the Melbourne Model degrees in arts, biomedicine, commerce, design, music or science – or a specialist degree co-designed with industry such as agriculture, fine arts or oral health – you’ll progress through your studies while building networks, knowledge and shared experiences that will set you on the path to success. 

You can then choose to join the workforce or specialise at graduate level. And, in the meantime, study at partner institutions across the world.

Now, with a whole raft of new Graduate Degree Packages and scholarships on offer, your options and pathways are deeper and broader, and your success more assured than ever.


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