Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies

Course Overview

Graduates holding the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Bachelor of Veterinary Science or equivalent, may apply for admission to candidature for the degree of Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies. The program is only available for admission when training positions (residencies) are advertised by the Sydney School of Veterinary Science.

Graduates in veterinary science from other universities may also, with the approval of the Faculty and the Academic Board, be admitted as candidates. Candidates shall be registrable by the New South Wales Veterinary Practitioners Board.

A candidate for this degree shall, for at least three years, engage in full-time supervised advanced veterinary clinical study and research and submit a thesis embodying the results of an original investigation.

Please note, students undertaking this course, must concurrently enrol in the Master of Veterinary Studies program and must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

Contact and further information:
Program Director: Associate Professor Peter Bennett
Enquiries:

 

Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies (Research)


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 (as amended), Thesis and Examination of Higher Degree by Research Policy 2015, the Supervision of Higher Degree by Research Students Policy 2013, Progress Planning and Review for Higher Degree by Research Students Policy 2015, Research Code of Conduct 2013, the Resolutions of the Faculty and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register: http://sydney.edu.au/policies.

Course resolutions

Part 1: Preliminary

1 Course codes

Code

Course title

RMVETCLS-01

Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies

 

Part 2: Admission requirements

2 Eligibility for admission to candidature

(1)
To be eligible to be admitted to candidature for the Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies by the Dean or Associate Dean, an applicant must:
(a)
hold or have completed the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Science or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Sydney; and
(b)
be registrable by the New south Wales Veterinary Practitioners Board, unless exempted by the Head of School and Dean.
(2)
The Head of School and Dean may admit to candidature an applicant who does not meet the requirements of sub-clause (1), provided that the applicant:
(a)
holds a qualification or qualifications that, in the opinion of the The Postgraduate Research Education Committee (PREC), are equivalent to those prescribed in sub-clause (1); and
(b)
is eligible for limited registration with the New South Wales Veterinary Practitioners Board.

3 Application for admission to candidature

(1)
An applicant for admission to candidature must submit to the Faculty:
(a)
satisfactory evidence of the applicant's eligibility for admission;
(b)
a proposed course of research and advanced study, approved by the Postgraduate Coordinator; and
(c)
a statement certifying the applicant's understanding that, subject to the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 and Academic Board policies and procedures for Higher Degrees by Research, if the candidature is successful, his or her thesis will be lodged with the University Librarian and made available for immediate public use.
(2)
In addition, an applicant for admission to part-time candidature must submit a statement that he or she will have sufficient time available to complete the requirements of the degree in accordance with these resolutions.
(3)
Candidates must concurrently enrol in the Master of Veterinary Studies.

4 Credit transfer

The HDR Rule specifies the conditions for the granting of credit for previous studies, including the effect on completion times.

Part 3: Candidature

5 Appointment of supervisor

The Head of School will appoint supervisors for each candidate in accordance with the HDR Rule and Academic Board policies for higher degrees by research supervision.

6 Control of candidature

The HDR Rule specifies the conditions for the control of candidature by the University.

7 Location of candidature and attendance

The HDR Rule specifies the conditions for the location of candidature and attendance by candidates at the University.

Part 4: Requirements

8 Degree requirements

(1)
To satisfy the requirements of the degree candidates must:
(a)
complete any specified probationary requirements;
(b)
complete any prescribed advanced clinical components;
(c)
conduct research on the approved topic;
(d)
complete units of study and any other activities described in the milestones document for the degree;
(f)
write a thesis embodying the results of the research.

9 The thesis

(1)
A candidate shall produce a thesis that meets the requirements specified in the Academic Board policies and procedures for Higher Degrees by Research thesis examinations.
(2)
The thesis should not normally exceed 40,000 words.

Part 5: Enrolment and progression

10 Probation

(1)
A candidate is normally accepted for candidature on a probationary basis for a period not exceeding one year according to the provisions of the HDR Rule.
(2)
In the probationary period each candidate must:
(a)
complete a specified research methods unit of study if prescribed by the Faculty;
(b)
develop and present a refined research proposal to the satisfaction of the Supervisor and Postgraduate Coordinator; and
(c)
demonstrate adequate English language competency for the completion of the degree.

11 Time limits, earliest and latest submission dates

The HDR Rule specifies the allowable completion times and submission dates available for full- and part-time candidates in this course.

12 Mode of attendance

The attendance pattern for this course is full-time or part-time according to candidate choice. Visa requirements commonly restrict international students to full-time study only.

13 Discontinuation of candidature

A candidate may discontinue enrolment in a unit of study or the degree subject to the conditions specified by the HDR Rule.

14 Suspension of candidature

A candidate may suspend enrolment from the degree subject to the conditions specified by the HDR Rule.

15 Leave of absence

A candidate may take leave of absence from the degree subject to the conditions specified by the HDR Rule.

16 Progress

A candidate is required to maintain satisfactory progress towards the timely completion of the degree. Progress will be reviewed annually according to the provisions of the HDR Rule and Academic Board policies and procedures for Higher Degrees by Research progress planning and review.

Part 6: Examination

17 Examination of the thesis

(1)
Examination of the thesis will be conducted in general accordance with relevant standards prescribed by Academic Board policies and procedures for Higher Degrees by Research thesis examinations for the Master's by research, which are set out in the Thesis and Examination of Higher Degree by Research Policy 2015. The HDR Examinations Subcommittee will determine the results of the examination. 

18 Award of the degree

The degree is awarded at the Pass level only.

Part 7: Other

19 Transitional provisions

(1)
These course resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January 2021 and to students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January 2021 and elect to proceed under these resolutions.
(2)
Candidates who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January 2021 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement.