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Professional Doctorate, Ph.D.

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If you are a professional working in the veterinary sector our Professional Doctorate programme can offer you the opportunity to develop your professional role; acquiring advanced research skills, alongside taught knowledge.
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The programme is part-time distance learning, but also offers the opportunity for face-to-face contact.

Students take between a minimum of four, and a maximum of eight years to complete the course.

The taught component will help you to increase the breadth and depth of your knowledge, as well as providing training in research methodologies and professional skills. Assessment is through in-course assignments and/or examinations. As a member of the RVC's postgraduate student population, you will also be able to attend transferable skills training workshops and research seminars. 

Your Professional Doctorate will culminate in an organisation focused study and an organisation focused research project. The study and project will relate to a relevant workplace issue connected to professional practice or directly relevant to the company that is sponsoring you. Most students carry out their research within their workplace/organization.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    540 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Foundations of Professionalism
  • Methods of Enquiry 
  • Organisation focused study

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • A veterinary degree registrable with the RCVS

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12040 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12040 GBP per year and a duration of .
  • EU/EEA

    2130 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2130 GBP per year and a duration of .
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