Master of Veterinary Studies

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Entry requirements

Admission to the Degree of Master of Veterinary Studies requires you to have a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with at least a B grade average, or equivalent.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Transition

  1. All candidates commencing study towards the Degree of Master of Veterinary Studies on or after 1 January 2016 must satisfy the requirements specified in these regulations.
  2. All candidates who commenced study towards the Degree of Master of Veterinary Studies prior to 1 January 2016, and who have passed at least 60 credits whilst enrolled in the Degree of Master of Veterinary Studies, may complete under the regulations in the 2015 Massey University Calendar (or earlier regulations) until the end of the 2018 year.
  3. Candidates who commenced study towards the Degree of Master of Veterinary Studies prior to 1 January 2016 may transfer to these regulations, but must satisfy all requirements as specified.
  4. Candidates who commenced study towards the Degree of Master of Veterinary Studies prior to 1 January 2016, but who have not completed the qualification by the end of the 2018 year, will be required to transfer to the current regulations from 2019.
  5. These transition arrangements expire in 2018.
  6. In all cases candidates must complete the qualification within the timeframes for completion as specified in the Completion Requirements.

Master of Veterinary Studies structure

You shall follow a parts-based course of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 180 credits, comprising Part One and Part Two as defined by the Course Schedule.

Specialisations

The Degree of Master of Veterinary Studies is awarded with or without a subject.

You may complete a subject by passing at least 180 credits, including at least 60 credits at 800-level, in a subject. The requirements for each subject are set out in the Schedule to the Degree.

The subjects available are: Conservation Veterinary Medicine, Epidemiology, Veterinary Pathology, and Veterinary Public Health.

Progression

A master’s qualification is made up of two parts. The first part gives you good knowledge and skills that will help you with the research part of your qualification. You must pass Part One before you can progress to Part Two.

For progression to Part Two of the Master of Veterinary Studies, a B Grade Average is needed for the Part One courses.

Time limits for completion for eligibility for Distinction or Merit

Your 180credit master's degree will carry the award of Distinction, if completed at a superior standard (equivalent to First Class Honours), or Merit (equivalent to Second Class Honours, Division One) and completed within eighteen months of first enrolling in full-time study or within four years of first enrolling in part-time study.

Maximum time to completion

All requirements must be completed within five years of first enrolling in the Master of Veterinary Studies.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates

Courses

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please click the ‘regulations‘ tab. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search.

Majors or endorsements

The degree will be granted with an endorsement identifying the veterinary field in which the candidate undertook study for the degree. The endorsement will be specified at the time the course of study is approved by Academic Board and will form part of the name of the degree received by the candidate at graduation.


How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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