This programme is offered by the Department of Companion Animal Clinical Studies.
Also consult the UP General Regulations.
The MSc degree in Veterinary Science is a research degree. The degree is conferred by virtue of the successful completion of a dissertation. (Also consult the UP General Regulations.)
Subject to the stipulations of the applicable General Regulations, a BScHons, a four-year BscAgric, BVSc or equivalent degree is required.
In cases where web-based/online modules are offered, basic computer skills is required in order to successfully participate in the degree programme.
In certain cases, it remains the prerogative of the head of department to require, in addition to the entrance requirements, the successful completion of an admissions test before registration. A student may be required to pass a proficiency test in English (TOEFL).
The research topic is determined in consultation with the head of department, and the research project(s)/ dissertation that follow, must be approved according to Faculty guidelines.
Also consult the General Regulations.
- A student must submit a mini-dissertation, which deals with the particular field of specialization.
- A mini-dissertation is based on a research project or related research projects (which need not be original), planned and written down by the student within the theme of the chosen specialization. (Assistance with statistical processing, applied specialised procedures, etc. is allowed, but must be acknowledged.) The student may use appropriate research done previously, to add to the writing of the mini-dissertation.
Earlier, related publications by the student may be bound with the mini-dissertation, but may not substitute the complete text of the mini-dissertation. Publications that are submitted, must be rounded off by means of an extensive introduction, materials, and information concerning methods and a discussion of the results. The mini-dissertation will be evaluated by an external examiner, who may not necessarily attend the final examination.
- The average of the separate marks awarded by all the examiners, constitutes the final mark for the mini-dissertation. The minimum pass mark is 50%. A student who has failed may be permitted by the Dean, on the recommendation of the head of department concerned, to submit an amended mini-dissertation for final adjudication.
Pass with distinction
The degree is conferred with distinction on a student who has obtained at least 75% for the dissertation.