Master's Degrees by Research

BSAVA PetSavers’ Master's Degrees by Research (MDRs) will fund a postgraduate student to carry out a specific research masters project, with possible attendance of scientific training courses.

BSAVA PetSavers will fund, for a period of one year, the following costs up to a maximum in aggregate of £40,000:

a) Postgraduate student stipend at BBSRC standard rates (veterinary stipend can be requested)
b) Payment of university fees
c) Equipment and consumables (up to £10,000 including VAT) depending on the nature of the project.

Projects must be undertaken within the UK. Grantees, who should be recognised experts in the field of the research project, are expected to act as academic supervisors. We have removed the requirement for at least one applicant to be a qualified veterinary professional, but expect applicants to have a level of veterinary experience appropriate for the project. The use of experimental animals is not permitted in any work funded by BSAVA PetSavers. This includes work on tissues derived from experimental animals.

Grantees are welcome to apply for funding which either names the prospective research student, or before advertising for a prospective student.

Applications are now OPEN until midnight on 31st August 2022.


*Our grant application form and terms and conditions have recently been revised. Please make sure to access the latest version under Useful resources below.


How to apply

Read our helpful guidance on applying for a BSAVA PetSavers' grant

To complete your application please complete the application form below and email together with signed terms and conditions, a letter of support from your head of department or practice principal, and ethical committee approval. 

Address: BSAVA PetSavers, Woodrow House, 1 Telford Way, Waterwells Business Park, Quedgeley, Gloucestershire GL2 2AB

Useful resources

MDR application form

MDR terms and conditions

MDR report formthis is for successful applicants to use once research has commenced

If you have any questions, please contact us on the email address above.

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