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Department of Zoology


Are you interested in studying Zoology as a postgraduate at the University of Cambridge?

We have about 100 postgraduate students working on an MPhil or PhD in Zoology at any one time and they form a strong and lively community. 

We have academic staff that are world-class leaders in their fields and our students are encouraged to work on projects at the cutting edge of new research and policy initiatives.

There is a regular programme of talks, seminars and social events throughout the academic year as well as a myriad of opportunities across the university as a whole.

Master’s / MPhil level study

If interested in an area, but unsure about the specific research group of project, apply to one of the pathways of this new course covering a broad range of topics. Bursaries are available for this course.

If you already have a specific topic in mind that aligns well with a specific research group, contact the group leader by email to enquire about MPhil research project possibilities.

Find out more about research in the Department and the types of research projects.

PhD research

Check out research carried out in the Department and have a look at examples of research projects. Contact the group leader by email to discuss PhD research project opportunities.

The main funding deadline for applications is 5 January 2023.

Prospective supervisors will support you with your application, including formulating a research proposal. 

Information on the courses we offer, available projects, how to apply and potential funding for your study can be found using the links on the navigation pane to the left.

For more general information on what it’s like being a student here, have a look at the links on the student experience in the sidebar and watch the video below made by one of our current students.

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