Veterinary Professional Studies (Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma / MSc)

The University of Liverpool’s School of Veterinary Science now offers Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters level awards for veterinary surgeons in Veterinary Professional Studies.

Programme Structure 

Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Professional Studies (60 credits):

Candidates who successfully complete 6 Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP) modules with the University of Liverpool* (i.e. 60 credits), will be eligible for a PgCert in Veterinary Professional Studies, awarded by the University, in addition to the CertAVP qualification awarded by the RCVS. * Must include the core A-FAVP.1 module and one of the B modules

Maximum registration period: 3 years

Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Professional Studies (120 credits):

Candidates who successfully complete a further 60 credits following the CertAVP with the University of Liverpool will also be eligible for a PgDip in Veterinary Professional Studies. Candidates can choose from further CertAVP modules or a range of 20 Credit unit modules including our Clinical Placement module and modules in epidemiology and research design.

Candidates who completed their University of Liverpool PgCert in Veterinary Business Management first and progress to a higher award in Veterinary Professional Studies must complete the core A-FAVP.1 module and one of the B modules.

Maximum registration period: 4 years

Masters in Veterinary Professional Studies (180 credits):

Candidates who successfully complete a final research project module (60 credits), in addition to 120 credits with the University of Liverpool, will be eligible for an MSc in Veterinary Professional Studies.

Maximum registration period: 6 years

Available Modules

Modules can be chosen from any CertAVP designation – (Equine, Small Animal, or Production Animal) including the Principles of Veterinary Management and Leadership (C-VML) module.

The following modules are also available as part of the Postgraduate Diploma / MSc in Veterinary Professional Studies:

Credits cannot be counted towards more than one University of Liverpool award (degree) i.e. candidates who have graduated with a PgCert in Veterinary Business Management (PgCertVBM) from the University of Liverpool, cannot use the same credits towards a Veterinary Professional Studies higher award. However, if an award is not taken (i.e. you continue and do not graduate), all modules undertaken can count towards a higher degree.

An overview of the pathways available for higher awards in Veterinary Professional Studies:

Academic Requirements

Candidates must either be MRCVS, or alternatively must hold a registerable qualification. This will be determined by checking the RCVS register for UK veterinary qualifications. Potential international candidates may be eligible, in which case a certified copy of their degree will be checked against published Veterinary degree providers (available from the RCVS).

If the applicant is from a country where English is not the first Language they will be required to show evidence of attainment of English at a minimum IELTS score of 7 or equivalent.


CertAVP and PgCertVBM modules are priced individually, and candidates can book and pay for one module at a time.

Veterinary Professional Studies modules:

  • Clinical Placement 1 - £800
  • Clinical Placement 2 - £800
  • Introduction to Epidemiology - £1000
  • Animals & Human Society - £1000
  • Research Project (VETS609) - £2000
  • Research Project (VETS777) - £2000 UK / £2400 Non UK

How to Enrol 

To book your place on any of our modules or programmes please complete and return the appropriate Booking Form and/or Registration Form which can be accessed via the website.

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