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What is the MSc in Veterinary Education?

The MSc in Veterinary Education is a unique part-time programme. It is designed to promote teaching excellence in the field of veterinary education and workplace training. The programme will equip you with the skills to develop your performance as an educator, and to provide an enhanced learning experience to anyone you teach or train.

Developed by experts at the RVC's prestigious LIVE Centre, it is a flexible programme of study aimed at:

  •  Professionals who are involved in the delivery of education and training, at either further education, undergraduate or postgraduate level, in the veterinary or para-veterinary sectors 
  •  Practising veterinary surgeons and other para-veterinary professionals involved in workplace training.

The Postgraduate Certificate is accredited by the Higher Education Academy and on successful completion of the course, participants are eligible to become AFHEA (Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy) or FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy), depending on the number of units completed.

Programme Structure

The programme comprises three separate, progressive courses. The majority of programme participants begin their studies with the PG Certificate. For advice on the level of entry most suited to your needs, check the entry requirements or email 

Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Education 

The Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Education aims to facilitate skills and knowledge in all areas of teaching and assessment, to maintain evidence based professional practice, and to develop competent and reflective practitioners. On successful completion of this part of the programme, graduates are entitled to become FHEA, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (this may be subject to an additional fee payable to the HEA).

The Postgraduate Certificate comprises 60 credits and consists of ten units of study, structured within two modules:

Module 1 - Fundamentals in Veterinary Education (FIVE)

This module provides a broad overview of the key principles which underpin professional education. The units of study are:

  • Student learning
  • Teaching methods
  • Assessing student learning
  • Evaluating and improving practice
  • Integrated curriculum

Module 2 - Current Perspectives in Veterinary Education (CIVE)

This module provides a broad overview of five topical issues in education at Higher Education level and how these are relevant to practice in veterinary and para-veterinary education. The units of study are:

  • Developing learning materials
  • Developing skills
  • Self-regulated learners
  • Evaluating educational literature
  • Developing educational strategies

Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Education

The Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Education comprises four optional modules of 15 credits each, chosen from:

  • Enhancing teaching and learning with technology
  • Teaching the basic sciences in a clinical context
  • Assessment, feedback and learning
  • Clinical reasoning and patient-based teaching
  • Small group teaching
  • Lecturing and large group teaching
  • Evidence-based veterinary education
  • Educational research methods – qualitative and quantitative

MSc in Veterinary Education

The MSc in Veterinary Education comprises two compulsory modules:

  • Research project (45 credits), and
  • Educational Research methods – Qualitative and Quantitative (15 credits)

(Students who have already taken Educational Research methods – Qualitative and Quantitative as part of the PG Diploma must choose another 15 credit module from the above list that has not been taken as part of the PG Diploma).

What will I learn?

On successful completion of the programme, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate educational theories, methods and practice which can be applied to Veterinary Education
  • Develop, design and deliver courses and programmes using a wide range of appropriate course development and delivery tools
  • Appraise curriculum design and models to ensure that teaching methods comply with standards and quality appropriate to the level of skill development
  • Select and use appropriate assessment and evaluation strategies to ensure that learning outcomes are met
  • Identify, critically assess and address the emerging needs of the training requirements to match the demands of the local provision
  • Adopt new teaching technologies to maximize skill development
  • Be a reflective and self-evaluative practitioner
  • Critically appraise research in veterinary and related educational fields, and develop skills to undertake qualitative and quantitative research using appropriate methodologies
  • Continue to develop independent and lifelong learning skills to promote your own personal and professional development as a veterinary educator, researcher and leader.

Programme delivery

Beginning in September, the programme is delivered part-time, over a period of one to six calendar years (depending on your level of study), and has a flexible structure, designed to give you multiple entry and exit points, depending on your experience and career aspirations.

We have devised two modes of delivery:

  • Mixed mode - a mixture of monthly face-to-face study days with online discussions and support, plus some compulsory workshops
  • Distance learning - you will study in your own time online, using the RVC VLE and other virtual learning tools. You are not required to attend any workshops.

Course participants may choose the study mode most suited to their needs. 

What will I be able to do with my qualification?

The MSc programme will provide you with the skills to develop your performance as an educator and to provide an enhanced learning experience to anyone you teach or train. It will enable you to get expert input on your teaching, to enhance your career progression and to participate in a supportive peer community of veterinary educators around the world.

The MSc appeals to a broad range of individuals from a wide variety of veterinary professions. For example, as well as those aiming to build a career in higher level education or academia, course participants have included animal welfare education officers, veterinary pharmaceutical company representatives, veterinary librarians, practising veterinarians, veterinary nurses and many more. Approximately half of our students are UK based with the remainder studying as distance learners from USA, Canada, Australia, France, Spain, Denmark, Ireland, Hong Kong, Sri-Lanka and Kenya, amongst others.

Your MSc is internationally recognised, being awarded by the University of London with the Lead College named as the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). The RVC is the only school in the world to hold full accreditation from AVMA, RCVS, EAEVE and AVBC.


Visit the Veterinary Education - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the Royal Veterinary College website for more details!

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