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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.  

One to one supervision

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

Seminars & classes

There are 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 Departmental seminar series, we offer some specifically for our graduate students:

Scientific Ethics Seminar Series: The 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 graduate student in Zoology you will be required to give a ZoGS talk to your peers. The ZoGS are a seminar series run by and for graduate 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 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 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

Students can expect to receive an online feedback report from their supervisor each term.

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.

Other

Graduate students in Zoology are expected to submit progress reports at regular intervals throughout their course. These reports will be assessed by two advisers, who will then give written and oral feedback. The results of these reports are also considered by the Departmental Graduate Education Committee.

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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
Dec. 6, 2017
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2018
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2019

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

Applications open
March 1, 2018
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2019
Course Starts
April 10, 2019

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

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
June 28, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

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

Lent 2020

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 10, 2020

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018