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Graduate Admissions

Teaching

We aim to provide you with the specific training required for your scientific studies and broader training in transferable skills which will be valuable in scientific and other careers and activities. There is a wide variety of courses in specific and transferable skills available. In consultation with your supervisor, you’ll put together a personal portfolio of useful courses.  

All students on this programme will be members of the University’s Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS) who offer a wide variety of core skills and professional development training. Visit the Researcher Development page on the GSLS website for more information. 

One to one supervision

All Zoology postgraduate students are supervised by a member of academic staff who is an expert in the field. The principal supervisor’s role is to give advice, encouragement and constructive criticism to research students. You will meet with your supervisor regularly throughout your PhD; supervisors and students should meet every one to two weeks when the student is working in Cambridge. Students are also allocated two advisers who will help to assess their progress, as well as offer suggestions and advice during their PhD.

The regularity with which graduate students meet with their Supervisor varies throughout the year but meetings are likely to be more frequent to start with, during the planning stages, and during the writing-up phase. All students should have the opportunity to seek formal feedback from their Supervisor, and Supervisors should have the opportunity to give such feedback.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

There is a wide range of talks and seminars available in the Department and elsewhere in Cambridge. Many research groups within the Department run weekly seminars which you should attend and can contribute to. There are also departmental seminars with guest speakers from other institutions or departments. This is a chance to meet with leading researchers in your area and get together with other graduate students.

In addition to the Departmental seminar series, we offer some specifically for our graduate students:

Scientific Ethics Seminar Series: The biennial Scientific Ethics course is designed to give research students the chance to confront and discuss ethical issues they will face as professional scientists. Such a course is felt to be necessary in view of the sensitivity of society to the perceived misbehaviour of scientists, the complex relationship between scientific issues and society and the increasing pressure on scientists in a competitive environment.

Zoology Graduate Seminars (ZoGS): As a postgraduate student in Zoology you will be required to give a ZoGS talk to your peers. The ZoGS is a seminar series run by and for postgraduate students. Students present their work to a friendly audience, composed of students and postdocs.

Zoology Graduate Symposium: The graduate students organise a biennial one-day symposium, where students can give a talk or present a poster, and in this way practice their presentation skills.  It traditionally takes place in a College, with a trip to the pub and dinner scheduled at the end of the day.

Statistics for Zoologists course: This optional series of lectures and practicals delivers statistics training to students in Zoology at the beginning of their studies here.

Posters

As part of your Core Skills Training, you will give a talk or poster presentation during each of your first three years in the Department.

Placements

Depending on the funding body, some courses include a three-month industrial placement.

Feedback

Postgraduate students in Zoology are expected to submit progress reports at regular intervals throughout their course.  Students receive written and oral feedback from two academic advisors following submission of their reports. Their comments are considered by the Departmental Graduate Education Committee. Students can also expect to receive termly formal feedback reports via the online feedback and reporting system.

You may wish to refer to the University's Code of Practice for more information on the University's expectations.

 

 

Assessment

Thesis

You will be expected to submit a thesis of up to 60,000 words excluding tables, footnotes, bibliography, and appendices within 48 months of the initial date of registration (taking into account any periods of authorised intermission), followed by a viva voce examination.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Zoology

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2019
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2020
Course Starts
April 11, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
June 30, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2020
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2021
Course Starts
April 17, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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