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Introduction to Graduate Courses

The Department admits graduates to study for research degrees. These include the PhD (requiring a minimum of three years of research), and an MPhil in Biological Science (a one-year research-only degree).

The answers to most of your questions should be found on this page and the pages to the left, or on the University's central Graduate Admissions pages, but candidates with additional questions are invited to contact the Graduate  Administrator.

There is a strong and lively graduate community in the Department, with support available from academic and administrative staff. About 100 PhD students study at any one time and regular programmes of graduate and staff seminars are held both within the Department and in related departments throughout the academic year.

The academic staff of the Department of Zoology are, both collectively and individually, world-class leaders in the field. Students are encouraged to work on projects and follow topics that are at the cutting edge of new research and policy initiatives.

 

PhD (Course Code BLZO22)

The PhD degree is a minimum of three years of full-time research with an individual supervisor followed by examination of a research thesis in an oral examination. This is the principal research degree offered in the Department of Zoology and the great majority of our students are registered for this degree.

At the end of their first year of study students are required to complete a satisfactory First Year Report and Viva. A brief report (without viva) is required at the end of the second year and third year.

All candidates are expected to take part in the Department’s Graduate Training Programme and the Graduate School of Life Science’s Skills Training Programme.

Most candidates taking this option start in October, to take advantage of Departmental and University induction programmes, but admission in January or April is also possible.

 

MPhil in Biological Science (Course Code BLZOM1)

The MPhil is one year of full-time research with an individual supervisor followed by examination of a research thesis in an oral examination.

The MPhil is most commonly taken as a stand-alone research degree by candidates with only one year of funding. If this course is taken as part of a route to the PhD a further three years of study and funding are required as well as satisfactory performance in the MPhil. The PhD project may draw on the topic of the MPhil, but the same work cannot be presented for both degrees.

All candidates are expected to take part in the Department’s Graduate Training Programme and the Graduate School of Life Science’s Skills Training Programme. Most candidates taking this option start in October, to take advantage of induction etc, but admission in January or April is also possible.

 

Please note that we do not offer:

  • Distance learning degrees/programmes/courses/training.
  • Exclusively taught postgraduate degrees.
  • Part-time research degrees.