The programme is offered by distance learning and is fully supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You study independently, at a time and pace that suits you (subject to course-specific deadlines), using the study materials provided, with support available from academic staff.
In some countries, degrees earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.
We will send you study materials developed by academics at the Royal Veterinary College. Your materials include a module pack, which contains a study guide and specially selected readings
When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and two other key resources:
- The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables access to online tutorials, study materials, previous exam papers, and discussion boards. Tutorials provide the opportunity for you to ask questions and you are strongly encouraged to plan for these sessions.
- The Online Library holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. A dedicated help desk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.
Tutors will offer feedback on a number of your written assignments. The marks for the best of these will count towards your module grade. Academic feedback helps you to reach high standards, and support your preparation for exams.
To complete the programme in the minimum study period (2 years), we estimate that you will need to study for approximately 15 hours per week during the academic session (February to September).
Each module is examined by a three-hour unseen written examination which takes place in October (80% of the mark) and up to two written assignments per course, from which the highest mark will count (20%).
You can sit exams at an approved centre anywhere in the world.
More about exams.