48 months
25280 GBP/year
2204 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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If you are a professional working in the veterinary sector the Professional Doctorate programme of the Royal Veterinary College can offer you the opportunity to develop your professional role; acquiring advanced research skills, alongside taught knowledge.


At a Glance

The Professional Doctorate programme of the Royal Veterinary College 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.

Programme Structure

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

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 48 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


540 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

You need to have:

  • A veterinary degree registrable with the RCVS
  • You must have at least two years work experience and currently work in the veterinary sector.
  • Before you apply you need to identify a work-place supervisor.

Subject to the discretion of the Programme Director applicants with other degrees, or prior equivalent experience, may be considered.

Candidates possessing a European/American/ RCVS Diploma or an RVC MVetMed degree may enter through the alternate entry route and transfer in 90 credits at Level 7.

If English is not your first language you must take an IELTS-Academic test (from the British Council). You need to achieve an overall score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each sub-test. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25280 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25280 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    2204 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2204 GBP per year during 48 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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