MSci Bioveterinary Science - Writtle University College
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MSci Bioveterinary Science

UCAS Code: C311

The four-year Integrated Masters in Bioveterinary Science is a multidisciplinary science degree which allows you to study animal health in an industry relevant context up to Master's level. The MSci is designed for students who are interested in a career in research and/or advanced professional practice , so in addition to providing a broad knowledge in each of the subjects studied combined with relevant work experience, students gain professional skills in research, investigation and advanced practice which will equip them for a high level career in that field. As well as providing good grounding for a career in research the MSci is a qualification required by employers for some graduate-level job opportunities in industry.

MSci Bioveterinary Science at Writtle means a broad four-year academic programme designed with feedback from industry partners so that the skills and experience gained matches industry need. The programme incorporates a strong industry placement in year 3 for which students are prepared in years 1 and 2. Every student in this programme will have the opportunity to obtain a Home Office PIL A and B license, which means they will be licensed to work with research animals. These qualifications are funded by the College because we feel they enhance employability. MSci in Bioveterinary Science at Writtle means being well prepared for an exciting career in animal health science, whatever that career may be.

The programme is a unique blend of the biological sciences relating to animals, the way they work, their health, their diseases and their relationships with humans. Students will be taught by a range of skilled scientists and clinicians with extensive experience of animal disease and research. We will cover virtually every aspect of animal biology, management and disease that is likely to be of interest the student.


*Animal in Research incorporates the Royal Society of Biology accredited Home Office PIL A & B course taught by The Learning Curve Ltd.

These are 60 credits of existing Writtle University College modules from a specified list as an alternative to undertaking a work experience placement.

** These modules will be delivered as distance learning modules supported by Moodle VLE. This allows the student to be available for their placement.

These are the modules that are offered in this academic year; however, the optional modules available may be subject to change for the following reasons:

  • Staff availability - for example the availability of staff to deliver specialist modules, which cannot be delivered by staff who do not have the relevant specialist expertise.
  • In response to feedback and annual review processes to ensure we continually enhance our programmes. Changes in these circumstances will usually be made for the benefit of students.
  • Student demand - to ensure there are adequate numbers on a module to support the provision of an excellent Learning & Teaching experience.
  • The currency of the relevant module. Some modules are specified at a time when they reflect the issues that are currently topical in the subject area. They may have lost that currency by the time that the student is required to exercise the option. In the circumstances, in order to ensure that students are provided with an appropriate learning experience, those modules will be replaced by those which are relevant to the changing nature of the subject area.

The Writtle University College will endeavour to ensure that any impact on students is limited if such changes occur.

Our students all share a strong ambition to succeed in the bioveterinary field and a desire to improve animal health and welfare .

We welcome applications from all individuals with great potential and the dedication to commit to the course and succeed. We demand high levels of motivation and, in return, promise a rich and rewarding experience at Writtle.
UCAS Tariff Points
GCE A Levels
128 UCAS tariff points, to include one (applied) science related GCE A level grade C or above
Irish Certificate
128 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B1 higher
Scottish Highers
128 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
In relevant science- based animal-related subject
BTEC Level 3 Diploma
In relevant science- based animal-related subject
D*D* (112 + in combination with other qualifications to meet 128)

Please note:

An equivalent or higher combination of grades to that indicated above will also be accepted.


All applicants must hold a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above to include English, Maths and Science.

Access course

Science or Physiotherapy 45 credits at level 3 with a mix of Distinction and Merit in relevant science-based subject to meet the overall UCAS entry tariff.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL)

Information about our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL) policy can be found on our Higher Education Regulations and Policies page.

Students will be trained in the technical skills appropriate to bioveterinary science .

Skills development will include the development of basic skills of word processing, use of spread-sheets, databases and presentation software, as well as more advanced skills in data analysis software. By the end of the programme students will be able to find, cite and use information and to consider and approach problems critically, confidently and independently, and be able to communicate through both oral and written approaches and to a range of audiences. There will be an approach to the development of teams, including leadership and general management skills including project management. Graduate skills developed include the ability to apply key biological concepts and underpin problem-solving at the theoretical and practical levels. Students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to handle variation at different levels and will have the skills required to be able to apply original or unconventional ideas, to be imaginative, and to tackle problem solving using techniques designed to develop individual and group creativity. Graduates will have a Home Office license PIL A and B.

The acquisition of knowledge and understanding is approached through an emphasis on student-centred learning. Integration of theoretical and practical learning ensures the strong vocational focus as a priority in the provision. The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course.

  • Lectures
  • Practical laboratory sessions
  • Fieldwork
  • Group work
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars
  • Independent learning

Knowledge and understanding is assessed mainly via examination and coursework. The following list shows the variety of assessment methods experienced on this course.

  • Presentations
  • Discussions
  • Coursework
  • Reports
  • Examinations
  • Dissertation
With a thorough grounding in the science of animal health, graduates are prepared for a range of animal health-related careers in roles that complement and support veterinary surgeons in their promotion of animal health and welfare. Graduates can also find employment in the pharmaceutical industry, the agricultural industry, government, the medical research sector, in science communication or in publishing.

Some graduates will use their skills to become entrepreneurs or to go into careers one does not necessarily associate with science such as graduate schemes in the legal and insurance sectors, or education. There is a wide range of potential careers available for our graduates. Writtle University College aims to expose them to a variety of opportunities that may broaden their horizons so they are prepared for a fulfilling career.

Our graduates also have the option to undertake further postgraduate study: after the MSci Bioveterinary Science students are prepared for postgraduate research qualifications (such as MRes, MPhil and PhD) in relevant areas (veterinary sciences, animal sciences, biosciences and related multidisciplinary fields) .

Finally, graduates may wish to apply for courses veterinary medicine, with the Graduate Accelerated BVetMed programme at the Royal Veterinary College being of particular interest.