• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English
The University of Edinburgh is offering this unique opportunity for an entirely online MSc to study these advances, during which students can gain knowledge and understanding in the equipment drugs and techniques associated with Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia (Online Distance Learning).


In veterinary management of animals, anaesthesia (rendering animals unconscious to permit procedures) and analgesia (reducing the pain an animal is suffering) have vital importance in improving animal welfare, as well as permitting the ongoing developments in medical and surgical advances.

Knowledge and advances in anaesthesia over the last 20 years have been considerable. We can use techniques to block sensation locally or over a region of the body not just total unconsciousness. We have an array of drugs and methods of drug administration available to us in our fight against pain. Anaesthesia has always carried risks, and we have an increasing availability of monitoring equipment to help us monitor the physiological function of the body during anaesthesia with the aim of reducing morbidity and mortality in our animals.

The University of Edinburgh is offering this unique Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia (Online Distance Learning) programme. Our team can provide a wide range of clinical and research experience across many species.

Career opportunities

The MSc Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia is likely to be desirable for veterinary surgeons seeking employment in research environments (e.g. as Named Veterinary Surgeon or other roles) due to the key importance of anaesthesia and the emphasis on this from Home Office regulation of research work in the UK.

The MSc will be a different route for progression for veterinary nurses who have key roles in private veterinary practices with regard to veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. This may be desirable for practices wishing to show a wide range of expertise amongst their staff and patient support for surgical procedures.

Programme Structure

Year 1

Compulsory courses:

  • Basic sciences in anaesthesia and analgesia
  • Anaesthetic equipment
  • Patient assessment, critical incidents and cardiopulmonary resuscitation

You will also choose 2 out of 4 species-related courses in dogs and cats, equidae, ruminants, camelids and pigs or small mammals.

Year 2

You will choose courses to total 60 credits from the following:

  • Emergency case management
  • Chronic pain and advanced analgesic principles
  • Advanced cardiovascular procedures and monitoring
  • Lung ventilation and mechanical ventilators
  • Reptiles and birds
  • Ethics in veterinary anaesthesia: animal welfare and euthanasia

In addition, you could choose to select additional species courses from Year 1.

Year 3

During the written reflective element of the programme you will have the opportunity to further develop your scientific skills and utilise scientific theory. The form of the dissertation may vary to suit individual candidates, subject to approval of a submitted proposal.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 12 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      MSc: 3-6 years PgDip: 2-4 years PgCert: 1-2 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in veterinary medicine or veterinary nursing.

We will also consider your application if you have a degree in a related science with appropriate practical experience.

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    820 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 820 GBP per module and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    820 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 820 GBP per module and a duration of 12 months.
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Home / EU / Overseas
  • 10 credits £820
  • 20 credits £1,635 
  • 60 credits £4,900


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