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Royal Veterinary College

is the largest and longest-established vet school in the English-speaking world and is a college of the University of London. The College offers undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD programmes in veterinary medicine and veterinary nursing and is ranked in the top 10 universities nationally for biosciences. RVC produces world-class research and provides support for the veterinary profession through its referral hospitals, including the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, Europe’s largest small animal hospital. As one of the world’s leading specialist veterinary and biological science research institutions, the RVC brings together talented individuals; all of whom share a passion for human and animal health and welfare.

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Students must meet all the requirements set by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Scholarship for Veterinary Medicine.

  • a. IB Curriculum

    International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IDBP)

    766 in 3 Higher Level subjects which must include Chemistry and Biology.

    Applicants would also need an acceptable (equivalent to GCSE grade B or above) qualification in Mathematics and Physics.

    International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP)

    Considered on a case by case basis. Applicants must be studying Higher Level Chemistry and Biology and would be expected to gain at least 6 in each. Acceptability would depend on accompanying qualification.

  • b. British Curriculum

    A Levels

    AAA including Chemistry and Biology (excluding General Studies).


    5 grade As including Biology and Chemistry or Double Science, depending on options studied.

    Minimum of grade B in Maths and English Language and Physics if studied separately.

  • c. American Curriculum

    Advanced Placements (APs)

    Grade 5 in both Biology and Chemistry plus 2 additional APs at grade 4.


    SAT score of 1800 (600 minimum in Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing) plus AP Biology and Chemistry at Grade 5.


    SAT score 1800 (600 minimum in Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing) plus IB Higher level certificates in Biology and Chemistry at Grade 6. (added information)

  • d. Combination of both IB Diploma & National Curriculum of England

    A combination of GCSEs and IB Diploma is subject to the entry requirements above.

    An applicant taking A levels and IB Certificates will need to take Biology and Chemistry in either one or the other curriculum (can be one of each) and achieve either an A at A level or a grade 6 at IB Higher Level. Applicant would need to have at least 3 IB Certificates/A levels when combined and would need to achieve grade A or above in all A levels and a grade 6 or above at Higher Level in any IB certificates.

    If a applicant is studying A levels, having studied the IB MYP this is also acceptable. We would look for 6 in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. NB IB MYP English Language is not an acceptable English Language qualification and IELTs would normally be required.

  • e. UAE government curriculum

    Applicants would not be able to join the 5 year programme and would need to undertake a Foundation year first – entry requirements tbc.

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All applicants will need to demonstrate proficiency in English Language. Applicants who have undertaken GCSEs, A levels or the IBDP will not be required to demonstrate additional proficiency if they have achieved any of the following:

-English Language GCSE at grade B or above;
-English Language A level at grade C or above;
-IB English A Language-Literature Standard Level at grade 5 or above;
-IB English A Language-Literature Higher level at grade 4 or above.



Applicants are required to have at least 2 weeks experience in a veterinary practice and 2 weeks experience in another animal environment (e.g. stables, kennels, cattery, zoo etc) prior to the start of the course. Experience can be voluntary or paid

Applicants will normally be expected to have gained this prior to interview and in the 18 months prior to the application deadline (15 October). prior to the start of the course).


Applicants will be required to undertake an interview.

The interview itself will be in the format of multi-mini interviews, involving six stations, plus a group exercise. Further information will be provided to short-listed candidates prior to the interview.