Develop advanced skills in carrying out independent and sustained research

The Master of Veterinary Science (MVSc) is a research higher degree that can be undertaken in any of the Faculty’s veterinary science research programs.

Course Description

Candidates are expected to meet regularly with their supervisor(s) and to present their work in the Faculty’s research seminar program. They are assisted to participate in relevant national or international conferences. A thesis is submitted in fulfilment of the degree.

The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and make an independent contribution to existing scholarship in the area of research and the format of the thesis must follow prescriptions laid down by the University.  Further information can be found here: http://gradresearch.unimelb.edu.au/examination

Learning outcomes

  • Apply scientific methods to the definition and solution of problems by research and approach research in a critical, perceptive and constructive way
  • Acquire skills in the searching and manipulation of scientific literature and other relevant data bases
  • Demonstrate advanced learning in research skills and techniques, such as the use of archival or primary evidence, analysis of data, judgment of conflicting evidence
  • Demonstrate specialist knowledge in your area of research
  • Present the results of your research in publishable quality or work towards incorporating their findings in further research
  • Be effective in written and verbal scientific communication to both professional colleagues and the wider community
  • Gain an understanding of the financing and management of scientific research
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, research ethics or code of practice
  • Develop interpersonal skills to work as part of a team

Career outcomes

  • Veterinary and agricultural research
  • Veterinary diagnostic laboratories
  • Biosecurity
  • Biomedical research, both internationally and within Australia
  • Policy and government
  • International aid
  • Industry, such as animal health and production

View the course handbook

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