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The MSc in Veterinary Education is a unique part-time programme designed to promote educational excellence in the field of veterinary education. Developed by experts at the RVC's prestigious LIVE Centre, the programme can be studied as a distance learner, face-to-face at the Hawkshead Campus, Hertfordshire, or using a combination of the two delivery modes. It is a flexible programme of study aimed at:
- Professionals who are involved in the delivery of education and training in the veterinary or para-veterinary sectors at either further education, undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels
- Practising veterinary surgeons and other para-veterinary professionals involved in workplace training.

The programme comprises five separate, progressive courses.Students can begin and end their studies at a point that suits their previous experience, qualifications and career aspirations.

Under the microscope

The MSc in Veterninary Education consists of three levels – the Postgraduate Certificate, the Postgraduate Diploma and the MSc Research project. Each level has a different entry requirement and is offered as distance learning or face-to-face.

The Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) in Veterinary Education is open to graduates with a university degree which is acceptable to University of London and consists of two compulsory core modules of 30 credits each:
- Principles and practice in veterinary education
- Current perspectives in veterinary education

The Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Veterinary Education comprises the Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Education or equivalent, plus 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
- Skills: communication and clinical
- Clinical reasoning and patient-based teaching
- Small group teaching
- Lecturing and large group teaching
- Integrated curriculum design and practice
- Evidence-based veterinary education
- Educational research methods: qualitative and quantitative

The MSc in Veterinary Education is open to those candidates who have successfully completed the PG Diploma in Veterinary Education. In addition, it will include two compulsory core modules:
- Research project (45 credits)
and either:
- Educational research methods: qualitative and quantitative (15 credits)
- Evidence-based veterinary education (15 credits)

How will I learn?

The programme is delivered part time, over a period of 4 months to 6 years (depending on your level of study), and has a flexible structure, designed to give you multiple entry and exit points. We have devised two modes of delivery:

- Mixed mode: a mixture of 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 virtual learning tools, and are not required to attend any workshops.

Learning outcomes

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.

Visit the Veterinary Education (MSc) page on the Royal Veterinary College website for more details!






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