Master of Veterinary Studies


Master of Veterinary Studies


The course includes the following awards:

Master of Veterinary Studies MVStud


Master of Veterinary Studies (4700VT)

On Campus - Wagga Wagga
Online - Wagga Wagga

Availability is subject to change, please verify prior to enrolment.

Normal Course Duration

Course duration is the effective time taken to complete a course when studied full-time (full-time equivalent duration). Students are advised to consult the Enrolment Pattern to determine length of study. Not all courses are offered in full-time mode.

Master of Veterinary Studies

Full-time: 1.5 years (or part-time equivalent)

Admission Criteria

CSU Admission Policy

For admission to the Master of Veterinary Studies, applicants would need to demonstrate that they:

* Have a veterinary science degree to enable registration by the Veterinary Practitioners Board of New South Wales.
Applicants with a first language other than English must satisfy Charles Sturt Universitys normal requirements for language competency.


CSU Credit Policy

 Not Applicable

Graduation Requirement

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 96 points.

Course Structure

Candidates must successfully complete 96 points made up of the following subjects:

VSC612 Masters Research (16 points)
VSC613 Veterinary Masters Dissertation (32 points)
VSC614 Clinical Research Internship (16 points)
VSC511 Veterinary Clinical Skills (32 points)
VSC515 Integration of Theory, Knowledge and Practice (32 points)

The course structure involves integration between subjects. In Session 1, VSC612 and VSC614 are undertaken to develop clinical research skills and plan the research project in the context of professional practice. Concurrent exposure to professional workplace settings is integral to the subject for students to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills required for research, identify areas for the research and planning for the development of new knowledge and advancement of professional practice. Research skills and experience are developed and increased as students progress throughout the course. In Session 2, development of knowledge and skills in professional practice, including integration of evidence for research-led practice, is undertaken by completion of VSC511 or VSC515. The research project is completed in the dissertation subject (VSC613) during Session 3. The progression through the course and assumed development of knowledge and skills requires students to complete the subjects in chronological order.

For the research project and VSC613, students, under the direction of supervisors, identify gaps in the existing knowledge relevant to the selected veterinary discipline, formulate research questions and hypotheses and develop a proposal and planning for the project to address the identified problem confronting professional veterinary practice. Students develop advanced understanding of a complex field of learning in their chosen discipline and advanced cognitive, technical, and communication skills to generate new knowledge for the advancement of professional practice through original contribution to discipline knowledge. Students apply knowledge and skills to progress and finalise the research project. Students will produce a body of significant and original research outcomes in the form of a dissertation for independent examination by external examiners.

Enrolment Pattern

Session 1
VSC612 Masters Research (16 points)
VSC614 Clinical Research Internship (16 points)

Session 2
Choice of 2 options:
Option 1:
VSC511 Veterinary Clinical Skills (32 points)
Option 2:
VSC515 Integration of Theory, Knowledge and Practice (32 points)

Session 3
VSC613 Veterinary Masters Dissertation (32 points)

Workplace Learning

Please note that the following subjects may contain a Workplace Learning component. Further details for Workplace Learning requirements are located via the subject page

VSC511 Veterinary Clinical Skills
VSC515 Integration of Theory, Knowledge and Practice
VSC612 Masters Research
VSC613 Veterinary Masters Dissertation
VSC614 Clinical Research Internship

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: February 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.