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Veterinary Medicine

UCD offers places for graduates in Biological/Biomedical/Animal Science in the four-year MVB course (DN301).

This course is designed to build on the existing knowledge of graduates in biological disciplines to allow them to complete their professional studies in veterinary medicine over a four-year period.

A small number of places for graduates of other disciplines is available in the 5 year course (DN300).

For the (opens in a new window)four-year graduate entry course (DN301) you are eligible if you:

  • Hold/expect to hold an honours degree (NQAI Level 8) with 2.2 Honours or above in a Biological/Biomedical/ Animal Science discipline OR a Master’s degree, OR a PhD in a relevant area of biological science by June 2024.
  • Are considered an EU applicant (i.e. not deemed ‘overseas’ applicants for purposes of fees)

For the(opens in a new window) five-year graduate entry course (DN300)  you are eligible if you:

  • Hold/expect to hold an honours degree (NQAI Level 8) with 2.2 Honours or above OR a Master’s degree, OR a PhD in any discipline by June 2024.
  • Are considered an EU applicant (i.e. not deemed ‘overseas’ applicants for purposes of fees)

Note: if you are a non-EU applicant, please consult the UCD Global, as separate application procedures apply to you.

There are three separate elements to the application process which must be completed:

1. Application to CAO

You must apply online via the (opens in a new window)Central Applications Office* course code DN300 (five-year course) or DN301 (four-year course). The normal CAO closing date is 5.15pm, 1 February prior to entry. The late closing date is 1 May.

If you are unsure as to your eligibility you should contact the MVB Programme Office:
Telephone: 01 716 6100
Email: (opens in a new window)vetprogrammes@ucd.ie  

2. Supporting documents

The signed and completed UCD Supplementary Application form and related documents must also be returned to the Central Applications Office (CAO)within 10 days of applying

Copies of Official transcript(s) of your degree(s) are required for assessment purposes and must also be submitted to CAO within two weeks of application.

Exception: Transcripts for 2024 degrees only will be accepted if received by CAO no later than 4 July 2024. Documents received after this cannot be considered.

N.B. Should you be successful in the assessment of your application, you will be required to submit an Official transcript(s) to UCD for verification before the offer will be made official.

3 Application to GAMSAT

You will need to sit the (opens in a new window)GAMSAT (Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test) if you intend to apply for entry to Veterinary Medicine via the graduate-entry pathway. GAMSAT is a professionally designed and marked selection test developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) for medical schools offering graduate-entry courses that are open to graduates of any discipline.

Registration is by online enrolment with GAMSAT and the closing date is expected to be 1 February prior to entry. The GAMSAT-Ireland test will be held in March. (There are other sittings available prior to this date -please see (opens in a new window)GAMSAT for details ). The GAMSAT result is valid for two years e.g. for entry in September 2024 you may present a GAMSAT from September 2022 

ACER, the graduate-entry schools or the admissions authorities do NOT recommend or endorse any particular texts or preparation courses. Nor do they support any commercially available preparation courses or have any association with commercial courses.

Please note

  • The onus lies with you, the applicant, to make sure that all steps of the application procedure are completed within the relevant deadlines.
  • Offers will be made in CAO Round 0 which issues at the end of July or in early August.

Graduate entry programmes are not part of the “Free Tuition” scheme. Please see the fees page for full information about fees for this programme. This is a level 8 undergraduate degree, so the undergraduate fees rules apply.

Please note:

If you have at any time resided, or are at present resident, outside of the EU then you must contact the UCD Fees Office well in advance of the closing date to verify your EU Fee status. Your status will determine whether you apply as outlined on this document or if you are required to apply directly to the University.
You can complete an online self-assessment on the fees website.

Terms and Conditions

All offers of a place are subject to UCD's Terms and Conditions of Offer

All students must comply with the general regulations of the university.

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