Master Thesis in Vet Science (Clinical)

Subject VETS90027 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points:
Level: Research Higher Degree
Dates & Locations: This is a time-based subject, taught on campus at Parkville.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: The course is normally undertaken on a full-time basis for 18 months. The maximum period of candidature is two years (full-time).
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Entry into the Master of Veterinary Science (Clinical). The usual entry requirement is a BVSc (usually honours level) or recognised equivalent qualification.
Corequisites: Students enrolled in the MVSc (Clinical) will also enrol in the practicum subject:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge: Candidates must have a recognised degree in veterinary science with appropriate clinical experience.
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on their academic performance are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Prof Glenn Browning


Stephanie Morrison-Duff
Research and Graduate Studies Manager
Faculty of Veterinary Science
The University of Melbourne
Parkville VIC 3010
Tel: 8344 0357
Fax: 8344 7374

Subject Overview:

Research training, based on the conduct of experiments under appropriate supervision, is given in a selected discipline area within the field of Veterinary Science. Candidates are expected to meet regularly with their supervisor(s) and to present their work in the Faculty’s research seminar program.

Objectives: Students enrolled in this subject will:

  • achieve a breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding in a particular field or set of related fields in veterinary science;
  • apply scientific methods to the definition and solution of problems by research;
  • acquire advanced technical skills relevant to the field of research.

Candidates will be required to undertake research culminating in the production of a thesis of no more than 30,000 words to be submitted for examination by two external examiners. The format of the thesis, including a statement on authorship, must follow prescriptions laid down by the University and found in the Masters by Research Generic Guidelines.

Theses are examined by the Melbourne School of Graduate Research. Three months prior to the submission date of the thesis, the candidate is required to submit an 80-word summary of the thesis argument to the Melbourne School of Graduate Research. The summary activates the process of nominating potential examiners for the thesis.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: Generic skills demonstrated in this subject are:

  • approaching scientific research in a critical, perceptive and constructive way;
  • developing interpersonal skills to work as part of a team;
  • observing the appropriate research codes of practice;
  • acquiring skills in the searching and manipulation of scientific literature and other relevant data bases;
  • communicating effectively through both the spoken and written medium and to both professional colleagues and the wider community.
Notes: Candidates are assisted to participate in relevant national or international conferences.
Related Course(s): Master of Veterinary Science (Clinical)

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