Glasgow Veterinary Medicine and Surgery


With over 150 years of veterinary excellence, the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Glasgow is pre-eminent in teaching, research and clinical provision, and attracts students, researchers and clinicians from around the world. Their research places them among the world leaders in global animal health and is top among UK veterinary schools for research quality. In essence, Glasgow’s veterinary programme is designed to imbue the knowledge, philosophy, professional and technical skills such that the graduate feels confident to practice the art and science of veterinary medicine and surgery, and which prepares students for the profession that anticipates life-long learning and continuing professional development.

Key points

  • 3 phase course
  • Research excellence
  • Spiral teaching structure

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number 0141 330 5700
Course Information
Teaching style3 phase course structure:
The BVMS programme is based on integration of clinical and science subject areas and has a spiral course structure, meaning that you will revisit topics as you progress through the programme, each time with increasing clinical focus. In conjunction, there is a vertical theme of professional and clinical skills development to help you acquire the personal qualities and skills you will need in professional environments. Through team-working and individual activities, you will develop the skills required for lifelong independent learning. The programme is delivered over five years and is divided into three phases.
Phase one (years 1 and 2) involved learning fundamental knowledge and skills.
Phase 2 (years 3 and 4) is the clinical phase. This involves the application of phase one into a clinical context.
Phase 3 is the professional phase. This is when you will gain your first hand professional veterinary experience.
Course length5 years
Students can choose to intercalate after years two or three to undertake either a BSc or MSc, after which you then re-enter the BVMS programme.
Courses offered1 course offered
Standard 5 year course.
Graduate entryYes
Foundation or accessYes The University of Glasgow's Veterinary School is involved in a widening participation scheme which offers a 'REACH' programme designed to prepare those from less fortunate backgrounds for university. Contact the university for more information or to see if you are eligible.
University Life
Local areaGlasgow
The actual veterinary school is located on the outskirts of the City of Glasgow in the Garscube Campus. In the immediate surrounding area you will find its 190 hectare commercial farm along with a research centre located 5 miles to the north. Additionally, you won’t be too far from Glasgow City Centre as this is located only 4 miles away.
Social lifeThe City of Glasgow has a brilliant and unique nightlife with more than 700 pubs and nightclubs including 100ft bars, basement clubs, converted churches and riverboats. If you’re more interested in societies then you can guarantee you will find the right one for you with its 200+ clubs and societies distributed across its campuses. On the actual Garscube Campus, which is where you will spend the majority of your time during this course you will find excepcional indoor and outdoor sports facilities with great synthetic and natural pitches for a variety of sport activities.
Interview stylePanel
(2 individual 15 minute interviews and a computer based exercise which explores ethical awareness and critical thinking).
Interview datesDecember - February
Interview topics
  • Work experience.
  • Hobbies and interests.
  • School work.
  • Knowledge of the veterinary profession.
  • An understanding of the realities of the veterinary world.
  • Personal attributes.
  • Current affairs.
Academic Requirements
GSCESubjects required: N/A
Grades required: GCSE English at Grade B (or Grade 5-6).
A-levelSubjects required: Chemistry and Biology along with third subject of your choice (another science is preferred and Art, Drama, General Studies, Home Economics, Music and PE are NOT accepted).
Grades required: AAA and a pass in practical endorsement.
Retake policyNo
A level qualifications must be achieved on the first attempt.
Scottish highersSubjects required: Higher Chemistry at grade A and Higher Biology and either Higher Maths or Higher Physics.
Grades required: AAAAB with A in Higher Chemistry, Biology and either Maths or Physics.
Scottish advancedSubjects required: Chemistry and Biology.
Grades required: BB (minimum).
IBSubjects required: Chemistry and Biology HL6, Mathematics or Physics SL6 and English SL6.
Grades required: 38 points including three HL subjects at 6,6,6.
Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)For further information contact the admissions team: [email protected]
(They don’t typically accept graduates)
Irish Leaving CertificateN/A
Access to Higher Education DiplomaN/A
International/EUFor further information contact the admissions team: [email protected]
Birkbeck University Certificate of Higher Education in Subjects Allied to MedicineN/A
Kite-marked level 3 Access courseN/A
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge CertificateN/A
Cambridge Pre-UN/A
Admission AssessmentN/A
Work ExperienceMinimum of 6 weeks:
At least 2 weeks with a veterinary surgeon.
The remaining weeks to include hands-on experience with farm animals.
Number of Places137
Number of UK/EU applicants per place9
Number of non-UK/non-EU applicants per place7

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