Study costs

Aside from the tuition fees that you pay to the University, you may incur some additional costs in relation to your studies. Many of these costs will vary, and depend on the modules you choose as well as your own personal preferences, however we have summarised the type of costs you could expect to incur here. The costs and subsidies listed below are approximate and relate to current (2021) levels.

Stationery and equipment

Some courses may require you to purchase specific stationery which may include things such as:

  • Lab coats* (£15)
  • Medical scrubs **
  • Approved calculator (£12)
  • Safety boots/specialist footwear (£30)
  • Safety glasses*
  • Art materials/specialist stationery, for example for Architecture (students spend around £90 per year on such materials)
  • Clinical equipment **

* Provided free of charge to students in the School of Physical Sciences and School of Life Sciences
** See subject specific information below

Printing

Our students submit the majority of assignments online, which means that printing costs should be minimal.

Books

Core textbooks are available in the library. If you do wish to purchase your own books, there are several ways to keep the costs down. The Pass the Book scheme allows students to buy, sell, collect and donate a book – including hundreds of titles which have been generously provided for free by our alumni under a scheme which allows students to keep core textbooks for an agreed period. At the end of this period, the student returns the book and it is given to another student – creating a cycle of giving. In addition, Blackwell’s bookshop on campus offers second hand copies of textbooks for purchase – and you can sell your own copies back once you have finished with them.

PCs/laptops

There are over 2,000 computers available across campus for students and we offer 24 hour term time access to both the Sydney Jones and Harold Cohen libraries, and a PC finder service to help you locate computers available to use https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/csd/app-directory/. The library also loans out laptops for four hours. Some subjects use interactive polling during lectures to enhance our students’ learning experience – so it is useful to have your own smartphone.

Compulsory field classes

Where there are compulsory field classes associated with a programme, the core costs for these will often be met by the School. Some programmes will require students to cover the costs of travel to the field class, and some may require the student to pay for their own meals. Students may also need to purchase their own outdoor clothing suitable for some field classes.

Optional field classes

Where there are optional field classes associated with a programme, students will normally be expected to meet the costs of these themselves, although there may be subsidies available. Costs will vary depending on whether the field class is in the UK, Europe or further afield.

Professional association fees

Some programmes recommend that students become members of their professional association. If that is the case, discounted student memberships are available. See subject-specific costs below.

Travel to placements

There may be costs associated with travel to placements, or for example, with travel to interviews for placements. These will vary. If students are spending a full year in industry, they can expect to be paid a salary by their employer.

Costs associated with Study Abroad

If you are participating in a Study Abroad programme you will still be entitled to all of your normal student loans – and you may be entitled to extra funding from Student Finance. If you are studying a semester abroad, your normal tuition fee will be payable. If you are studying a full year abroad, your tuition fee for that year is reduced. All students participating in Study Abroad are entitled to University of Liverpool travel insurance. For information about funding opportunities available for Study Abroad, see https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/goabroad/funding/

Library fines

We have sought to minimise the burden of library fines while ensuring that our resources remain available for all. Consequently, fines will only be charged on our standard loan items if they are both overdue and required by someone else. In that instance, we contact students to let them know and give them time to return an item and fines are then payable at £1 per day. Different fines processes apply for short loan items and laptop loans.
                                                    

Subject specific costs

The below information highlights key additional costs which are specific to certain subjects. The costs and subsidies listed below are approximate and relate to current (2021) levels.

Archaeology, Evolutionary Anthropology, Archaeology of Ancient Civilisations and Egyptology

This relates to all Honours Select, Year One students taking Archaeology, Evolutionary Anthropology, Archaeology of Ancient Civilisations and Egyptology at 50% or more.

Year One Compulsory Fieldwork – two weeks, Penycloddiau, North Wales.

  • Approved equipment
    You’ll need to bring a 4-inch WHS Spear and Jackson wood-handled trowel, or similar archaeological trowel. Don’t bring a gardening trowel! You can buy these here for around £10-14: http://www.pasthorizonstools.com/Archaeology_Trowels_and_Tools_s/1816.htm
  • Subsistence costs
    Students pay a subsistence contribution for food which was £100 in 2016/17

In Year Two, for those who must complete a further two weeks of fieldwork, they are offered several options. Some options are based in the UK, and have no costs applicable and others are based abroad. For those choosing to join a site abroad, students would be expected to pay for their own flights, accommodation and subsistence and the costs vary from site to site.

Architecture

 

Model making

(GBP)

Printing

(GBP)

Materials

(GBP)

Fieldtrips (optional)

(GBP)

BA1

£25

£50

£75

-

BA2

£50

£50

£50

£100 (overseas)

BA3

£50

£50

£50

£250 (overseas)

MArch Year 4

£100

£50

£50

£400 (overseas) 4-5 nights

MArch Year 5

£150

£50

£50

£400 (overseas) 4-5 nights

Dentistry/Dental Hygiene and Therapy

Two pairs of scrub suits will be provided free of charge. Replacement of the whole suit will incur a cost of approximately £25 plus a delivery fee. Students are responsible for laundering their own scrub suits (the NHS recommends laundering clinical uniforms at 60°). Scrub suits should be clean and ironed at all times. Students may carry out tailoring alterations to their issued scrub suits to meet personal requirements.

Post-2019 curricula 

Year One and Three applies to both BDS and BSc programmes, Year Five only applies to the BDS programme.

Year One

  • Lab Coats: Students will be given their lab coats for use in the Human Anatomy Resource Centre free of charge.

Year Three

  • Placement costs: All students will undertake a placement in Year Three and will be required to fund their own travel costs. All placements are within 35 miles of the School of Dentistry and are accessible on public transport. A return trip is estimated to cost between £5-£15. Student concessions are also available from local travel companies.

Year Five

  • Placement costs: All BDS students will also undertake placements in Year Five in similar locations to the Year Three placements. Year Five students will have their travelling costs reimbursed by NHS Bursaries only if they are in receipt of an NHS Bursary (the non‐means tested/means tested grant). Students will only be reimbursed for the difference between the cost of their normal daily travel and the cost of their travel to the placement site. If a student is not eligible for an NHS Bursary then they will not be able to reclaim their travelling costs.
  • Occupational Health Clearance: A standard assessment will be approximately £30, if additional vaccinations or appointments are required these will be costed individually.

Pre-2019 BDS curriculum


Year One

  • Lab Coats: Students will be given their lab coats for use in the Human Anatomy Resource Centre free of charge.

Year Five

  • Placement costs: BDS students will undertake placements in Year Five (with a small proportion in Year Four instead). All placements are within 35 miles of the School of Dentistry and are accessible on public transport. A return trip is estimated to cost between £5-£15. Student concessions are also available from local travel companies. Year Five students will have their travelling costs reimbursed by NHS Bursaries only if they are in receipt of an NHS Bursary (the non‐means tested/means tested grant).
    Students who go to placements in Year Four (Year Three BDS GE) can claim the costs referred to from the School of Dentistry providing they are eligible for the NHS non‐means tested/mean tested grant.
    Students will only be reimbursed for the difference between the cost of their normal daily travel and the cost of their travel to the placement site. If a student is not eligible for an NHS Bursary then they will not be able to reclaim their travelling costs.
  • Occupational Health Clearance: A standard assessment will be approximately £30, if additional vaccinations or appointments are required these will be costed individually.

 

Diagnostic Radiography

Stationery and equipment

Practical kit: £50

Professional association fees

Optional Society of Radiographers Student Membership (first year free then £48 per year)

Travel to placements – clinical

Students will complete 52.5 weeks of placement experience. All clinical placements are a daily commute, therefore additional accommodation costs are not required. Student concessions are also available from local travel companies.

Elective placements

At the end of Year Two students undertake a three week Elective Placement in either the UK or overseas which is self-funded.

*Home students are able to apply for reimbursement of travel/accommodation costs in relation to placement from the NHS Business Services Authority.

Earth Sciences (Geology and Geophysics) (Applies to F6F8, FF68, F600, F601, F603, F656, F640, F641, F660)

Students are advised to purchase the Lab coat ahead of the start of their studies in Year One, Semester One. Your first lab practical will take place in semester one, teaching week one Compulsory field courses.

Geological field kit

Students are advised to purchase the Field Kit ahead of the start of their studies in Year One, Semester One. Field Kits will be available on campus at the start of the semester.  The School online shop is available from mid-August. Should students need to replace any item of their Field Kit during their studies, they can purchase individual items via the School online shop.

Current cost approximately £69.50 (available from http://payments.liv.ac.uk/product-catalogue/student-course-items/school-of-environmental-sciences/basic-kit) containing:

  • Compass Clinometer
  • Helmet
  • Hand Lens
  • Stereonet
  • Michel Levy Chart
  • High Viz Jacket
  • Grain size card
  • Large Clear Plastic Bag
  • Whistle

All students will require a lab coat for laboratory practical classes. 

Project/dissertation costs

The School may provide a budget of up to £200 for specific field / lab based projects. Desk-based projects receive no budget from the School.

Compulsory field courses

Year One: The School will normally cover the cost of accommodation and travel for the Year One field course.  Students are required to cover subsistence (food and drinks) costs.

Year Two: The School will normally cover the cost of accommodation and travel for the Year One field course.  Students are required to cover subsistence (food and drinks) costs.

Year Three: The School will normally cover the cost of accommodation and travel for the Year Three field course.  Students are required to cover subsistence (food and drinks) costs.

Geophysics (North America) programme

Additional costs of Year Three in North America around £1,500‐ £2,000 (costs will vary according to type of accommodation, flights etc). £600 travel bursary available from University

Ecology and Marine Biology (Applies to C160 and C161)

Students are advised to purchase the Lab coat ahead of the start of their studies in Year One, Semester One.  Your first lab practical will take place in semester one, teaching week one.

Compulsory field courses

Year One: The School will normally cover the cost of accommodation, and travel for the Year One field course.

Year Two: The School will normally cover the cost of accommodation, and travel for the Year Two field course.

Overseas Trip: The School provides a basic allowance of £200. The remaining cost of the trip will be payable by the student and will be dependent on location (estimated at £0 - £2,000). However, funding is claimed retrospectively i.e. up-front costs must be borne by the student.

Year Three: The School will normally cover the cost of meals and accommodation for the Year Three field course. Students are usually required to cover the cost of travel to destination of around £30‐£210 depending on home location. All students will require a lab coat for laboratory practical classes.

Project/dissertation costs

The School may provide a budget of up to £200 for specific field / lab based projects. Desk-based projects receive no budget from the School.

Engineering/Electrical Engineering and Electronics

Stationery and equipment

All essential safety equipment, other than boots, is provided free of charge by the department.

Pilot Studies programmes

Flight Training for Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies and Avionics with Pilot Studies students carried out at one of two locations. 20 hours of fixed-wing flight training is conducted by Liverpool Flying School at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. There is a one-off up-front fee of approximately £4,285.00 inclusive of VAT for training using the Tomahawk aircraft and £4,885.00 inclusive of VAT for the Warrior aircraft. A total of 20 hours of ground and airborne rotary-wing flight training is conducted by HELISPEED at Blackpool International Airport. There is a one-off up-front fee of £9112.20 inclusive of VAT for this training.

Please note, these prices are correct at the time of publication but may change at any time. Please check with the School for the correct pricing.

Students are also required to purchase a study pack costing approximately £90 (for the smaller pack) or £190 (for the larger pack) and an aircraft checklist for £6 (2021 entry costs). There are no additional flight training-related costs in any other years of these programmes.

 

Geography and Environmental Science (Applies to F800, F750, L700*)

Geography and Environmental Science programmes: Year Three optional field class

Option A: Short Haul (Europe) one week residential field class (eg to the Algarve): Students meet full economic costs of the field class, including food, travel and accommodation (around £800). 

BA Geography (L700) only Students meet full costs associated for subsistence. The School will normally cover the cost of accommodation and travel for the Option A only.  

Option B: Long haul (N America) two week residential field class: Students meet full economic costs of the field class, including food, travel and costs of the field class, travel and accommodation (around £1,300)

Project/dissertation costs

The School may provide a budget of up to £200 for specific field / lab based projects. Desk-based projects receive no budget from the School.

Geography and Physical Geography, Geology and Geophysics

A basic geological field kit. Current cost £59.50 (available from http://payments.liv.ac.uk/product-catalogue/student-course-items/school-of-environmental-sciences/basic-kit) containing:

  • Compass Clinometer
  • Helmet
  • Hand Lens
  • Stereonet
  • Michel Levy Chart
  • High Viz Jacket
  • Grain size card
  • Large Clear Plastic Bag
  • Whistle

Project/dissertation costs

The School may provide a budget of up to £200 for specific field / lab based projects. Desk-based projects receive no budget from the School.

Geography and Environmental Science programmes: Year Three optional field class

Option A: Short Haul (Europe) one week residential field class (eg to the Algarve): Students meet full economic costs of the field class, including food, travel and accommodation (around £800)

Option B: Long haul (N America) two week residential field class: Students meet full economic costs of the field class, including food, travel and costs of the field class, travel and accommodation (around £1,300)

Geophysics (North America) programme

Additional costs of Year Three in North Americaaround £1,500‐ £2,000 (costs will vary according to type of accommodation, flights etc). £600 travel bursary available from University

Life Sciences

Costs associated with placements/internships
Students in Life Sciences who are taking placements/internships will need to pay for their visa (if abroad) – with the exception of LIFE701 where the visa is paid for by the School - travel, accommodation and meals. There may also be costs associated with travel to interviews for placements/internships. These will vary, and some other extra costs may also be incurred. If students are spending a full year in industry, their employers may pay transport costs. School and University bursaries may be available to help with the cost of these opportunities.

Students might choose to pay for additional optional vaccinations in addition to the compulsory ones that the School pays for.

Tropical ecology field course
Students who elect to take the optional tropical ecology field course in Uganda are required to make a financial contribution that covers their own costs (e.g. travel, meals, visa, accommodation, and entry to national parks). In 2020-21, the student contribution is £1,500. A limited number of funded places are available.

Students might choose to pay for additional optional vaccinations in addition to the compulsory ones that the School pays for.

Medicine

Year One – Students will be given their lab coats for use in the Human Anatomy Resource Centre free of charge. There is a £15 charge for any replacement white lab coats.

Year Two - Stethoscope (approximately £80 upwards) and travel costs to placements at hospital trusts within the North West area (Aintree, Arrow Park, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen and Whiston hospitals). Placement costs will vary from student to student.

Year Three - Travel to placements. Placement costs will vary from student to student - see below for information on support which may be available from the School.

Year Four – Four sets of scrubs are issued per student during the programme. They are issued as follows: 1 set in year 1 and the further 3 sets in year 2. If students require an additional set then they are required to purchase this themselves at a cost of £29.95. There are also elective costs which could include placement cost to the hospital, agency costs to find the placement, travel costs to the placement, accommodation and living costs, possible Public Liability Insurance costs. Placement and elective costs will vary from student to student - see below for information on support which may be available from the School.

Year Five – Travel costs to placements. Placement costs will vary from student to student - see below for information on support which may be available from the School.

School travel fund and hardship fund

The School of Medicine manages a travel fund which allocates funding towards placement related travel, for those students who are not in receipt of any other placement travel related bursaries (eg from the NHS). The School fund does not cover all of the placement costs that students will incur on their clinical rotations in both secondary and primary care, from years 3 to 5. Funds are calculated on average public transport costs from the Liverpool campus to the placement site for secondary care placements only. A threshold is applied to the School travel fund and is established each year. In 2020/21 the threshold was £400 meaning some students self-funded the first £400 cost of travel to placements, after which they were able to access funding for any additional placement-related travel costs from the School’s travel fund. In addition, there is a hardship fund for placement travel, which students can apply to in years 3 to 5, if they require additional funds towards the cost of placement travel.

Nursing

Fob watch (£10.00)
Black shoes for work (£70.00)

Professional association fees

Optional (but very strongly recommended) Royal College of Nursing or Unison Student membership (£30.00)

Travel to placements

Students will complete approximately 63 weeks of placement experience. All clinical placements are a daily commute, therefore additional accommodation costs are not required. Student concessions are also available from local travel companies.

Elective placements

Elective placements are compulsory, but they do not necessarily incur costs. Students may opt to undertake a placement overseas (in which case there will clearly be a variable cost for this), but student may also undertake their elective placement in the UK, and depending upon where the placement is, in relation to where the student is living, costs will vary.

*Home students are able to apply for reimbursement of travel/accommodation costs in relation to placement from the NHS Business Services Authority.

Occupational Therapy

Stationery and equipment

In Years Two and Three, students may be required to purchase materials for group-work (approximately £25 per year)

Students are advised to purchase a USB pen drive to use when carrying out presentations (£10)

In Year Two, students are required to participate in a leisure activity. Students choose their own activity but will need to consider that some activities will involve additional costs eg gym classes, craft materials, club fees although many students choose to undertake free activities.

Professional association fees

Optional (but strongly recommended) Royal College of Occupational Therapists, this however is optional. The cost to join is £60 per year / £5.00 per month.

Travel to placements

Students will complete 33 weeks of placement experience. Most clinical placements are a daily commute (students are placed within 50 miles of the University). Student concessions are also available from local travel companies.

Additional accommodation costs apply for students wishing to complete a placement in the Isle of Man at the cost of £343 per month (placement lengths vary from 4- 8 weeks)

Elective placements

Elective placement (6 weeks in semester two, Year Three) is mandatory. Same travel costs will be incurred as those on a clinical placement.

Students can choose to complete placements in the UK or abroad - these are self-funding.

  • Vaccination costs apply if going abroad to certain countries and vary from £10-£50 approx.
  • Visa fees apply in certain countries costs vary
  • To travel abroad student must be a member of professional body approximately cost £12 per month
  • First aid course is required to complete a placement in Australia £30
  • Australian Police checks are required to complete a placement in Australia $46.90
  • Food, travel and accommodation costs up to £3,000 for a six week elective placement in Australia.

*Home students are able to apply for reimbursement of travel/accommodation costs in relation to placement from the NHS Business Services Authority.

Ocean Sciences (Applies to C1F7 (C1F7 See Ecology and Marine Biology Year 1 and 2), G1F7, F700, F710, FF78)

Students are advised to purchase the Lab coat ahead of the start of their studies in Year One, Semester One.  Your first lab practical will take place in semester one, teaching week one.

Compulsory field courses

Year One: The School will normally cover the cost of accommodation and travel for the Year One field course.  Students are required to cover subsistence (food and drinks) costs.

Year Three: The School will normally cover the cost of accommodation and travel for the Year Three field course.  Students are required to cover subsistence (food and drinks) costs.

All students will require a lab coat for laboratory practical classes.

Project/dissertation costs

The School may provide a budget of up to £200 for specific field / lab based projects. Desk-based projects receive no budget from the School.

Orthoptics

Stationery and equipment

Orthoptic equipment: £50

Travel to placements

This will vary due to geographical location likely to be between £40 and £200 per week of placement (Y1: 7 weeks, Y2: 11 weeks and Y3: 12 weeks).

*Home students are able to apply for reimbursement of travel/accommodation costs in relation to placement from the NHS Business Services Authority.

Physics

Optional field class/school placements

These costs are covered by the department for the optional field trip in Year Three. Also, students are reimbursed for travel costs to school placements undertaken as part of an optional module in Year Three.

Physiotherapy

Stationery and equipment

Practical kit = £120.00

Professional association fees

Optional Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Student Membership (£42.00 per year).

Travel to placements

Students will complete 30 weeks of core placement experience. All clinical placements are a daily commute, therefore additional accommodation costs are not incurred. Student concessions are also available from local travel companies.

In Year One, students undertake a one week Observation Placement in the Merseyside area. All placements are a daily commute, therefore additional accommodation costs are not incurred. Student concessions are also available from local travel companies.

Elective placements

At the end of Year Two, students undertake a four week Elective Placement in either the UK or overseas which is self-funded.

*Home students are able to apply for reimbursement of travel/accommodation costs in relation to placement from the NHS Business Services Authority.

Planning (Applies to K430, K400, K4L7 and L7K4)

Project/dissertation costs

The School will provide a budget of up to £200 for field / lab based projects. Desk-based projects receive no budget from the School.

See comments under General Compulsory and Optional field classes Year 3 optional field classes (core costs for compulsory field classes are covered):

• Option A: One week residential field class in Europe (eg Paris). Students meet travel and subsistence costs
• Option B: Two week residential field class in China (Shanghai). Students meet full economic costs.

Therapeutic Radiography and Oncology

Professional association fees

Optional Society of Radiographers Student Membership : 1st year free then £45 per year or £3.75 per month

Travel to placements

Students will complete their clinical learning experience at an assigned centre which comprise:

  • Clatterbridge Cancer Centre Liverpool (Open May 2020) with satellites at Bebington on Wirral and Aintree)
  • Christie Hospital NHS Trust in Withington, Manchester with satellite centres at Salford and Oldham, with Macclesfield due to open 2021)
  • Rosemere Cancer Centre in Preston (with a short rotation to Carlisle). All students will have a 2 week placement at the Proton Centre, Manchester at some point during their programme
  • All students will have a 1 week placement at the Genesis Cancer Centre, Sutton Coldfield, this is a private provider.

Depending on where students choose to be based when in an academic block, travel to these sites and their respective satellite centres will incur additional costs.

For example, a student based in Liverpool who is placed at the Christie Hospital in Manchester may choose to:

  • drive the distance of 39 miles
  • commute each day at a cost of around £19 by train (student concessions may be available)
  • or alternatively the student may wish to find additional accommodation.

Elective placements

Students undertake a 1 week Elective Placement in either the UK or overseas which is self-funded. This is optional, not assessed and does not contribute to clinical attendance.

*Home students are able to apply for reimbursement of travel/accommodation costs in relation to placement from the NHS Business Services Authority.

Veterinary Science

To help with your budgeting, this list has been drawn up to give an indication of additional costs you will need from the start of the course and during the programme.  It is not exhaustive, and may change, but it aims to give you an indication of the level of programme-related expenditure. Many items of personal protective equipment (PPE) e.g. lab coats and scrub tops are provided by the School and are therefore not listed here.

Pre-clinical EMS (PCEMS) and Clinical EMS )CEMS) may have costs associated with them relating to travel to placements, accommodation and subsistence but these will vary depending on the type and location of the placement.

There will also be times when in Years One-Three, you may be required to attend some classes at Leahurst and, in Year Four & Five when you may be required to attend some rotations in Liverpool, which may incur some additional daily travel costs.

Where notes are supplied, these save you buying several textbooks and are “tailor-made” for your course.  We would advise you that you only buy books after you arrive at University, as there is a good guidance and discounts available through the Liverpool University Veterinary Society Book Rep.

Clothing requirements

Much of the clothing and equipment required for the course can be used throughout the five years without replacement. Allow room for a warm jumper underneath overall during cold weather.

The items listed below should be available from farm or work wear suppliers (wide range of stockists – type ‘workwear’ into a search engine for suppliers).

  • Green boiler-suit. Short sleeved boiler suit as this is more bio secure.  If you already own a long-sleeved boiler suit please make sure it can be rolled up to the elbow. (approx. £25)*
  • Standard Wellingtons (green, black or blue; £20)*
  • Veterinary Parlour top (waterproof with short sleeves; approx. £25)*
  • Waterproof coat (green or blue approx. £40)*
  • Blue or Green waterproof trousers (£25) *
  • White lab coat “Howie” style (provided by the School)

*These items are required for the start of the course.

Clinical equipment (recommended but not compulsory for years 1 – 2)

  • Digital thermometer and Pen torch (approx. £10)
  • Stethoscope e.g., Littman classic II (approx. £75)

Other costs

Travel

Travel to Leahurst for meetings with supervisor (where appropriate) and necropsy classes in Year Three.  Support is available locally to help with these costs.

Books and Stationery

You are strongly recommended not to purchase books until you arrive as the library is well-stocked and many texts are now available online as e-books. Your lecturers and The Liverpool University Veterinary Society (LUVS) will advise on sourcing suitable texts at a later date.

You will need a calculator (any scientific non-programmable one will do – you are not permitted a programmable calculator in examinations) and your preferred assortment of paper and writing equipment.  Please note that pencils and erasers may be needed for our exams.

Printing costs

Our students submit the majority of assignments online, which means that printing costs should be minimal.  However, printing costs depend on the document size (e.g. A4/A3), the number of pages and whether you print or photocopy in colour or black and white. Students who regularly print out their lecture notes say that they spend around £10-£15 a semester on printing costs.  Scanning is free. Further details on printing and charges are available on the computing services website https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/it/printing/.

British Veterinary Association (BVA) Membership

Annual BVA Membership is paid for all first-year students by the School, and costs around £45 per year thereafter. This gives personal accident insurance cover during the course as well as other benefits such as the journal “In Practice”. This is not compulsory but recommended.

Extra Mural Studies (EMS)

Students are required by the RCVS to complete 38 weeks of EMS over 5 years to be awarded the BVSc. Whilst some students are able to do this at very little cost by commuting short distances and living with parents, relatives and friends, others have indicated that they spend around £2000 to £2500 on travel and accommodation over the 5 years.

Most EMS placements are unpaid and students also lose out on the opportunity to carry out paid work whilst undertaking EMS.

Student badges

The School provides students with name badges to be worn in the labs/on rotation. There is a replacement charge of £7.