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Introduction to postgraduate courses

Cambridge ZooCasts: What's it like to be a Graduate student in the Department of Zoology in Cambridge?


All information for current Zoology postgraduates is now available on Moodle. 

There is a strong and lively graduate community in the Department, with support available from academic and administrative staff. About 100 graduate 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.

We admit graduates for the following research degrees:

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 it.

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.

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.

Most candidates for both degrees start in October, in order to take advantage of Departmental and University funding competitions and induction programmes, but admission in January or April is also possible. All of our students are expected to take part in the Department’s Graduate Training Programme and the Graduate School of Life Science’s Researcher Development Programme

Please note that we do not currently offer:

  • Distance learning degrees/programmes/courses/training.
  • Exclusively taught postgraduate degrees.
  • Part-time study for the MPhil degree.

For more information on eligibility, funding, the application process and deadlines, please refer to the central Graduate Admissions website.

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 **We are currently updating our webpages containing further details on 2019-20 entry**