Research course

PhD Opportunities at the Royal Veterinary College

Royal Veterinary College · Royal Veterinary College

Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 (or equivalent) in a relevant undergraduate degree

Months of entry

January, October, June, April

Course content

The Royal Veterinary College produces outstanding graduates, who go on to work in some of the world's leading scientific research institutes as well as within industry and government.

Our research programmes provide excellent training opportunities for both biological and veterinary graduates and address both basic and clinical problems in the biosciences, with applications in veterinary and human medicine. Research spans cell and molecular science, whole animal physiology and population medicine.

We develop scientists who are capable of working across interdisciplinary teams and who can tackle problems of practical relevance to veterinary science.

RVC PhD students have the privilege of learning from experts who produce cutting edge research in a range of subjects and are published in the top academic journals
Our staff and students come from around the world
Our perspective is truly international
London is a unique location - students benefit from close proximity to other international centres of excellence in biomedical and biological sciences

Department specialisms

Ecosystems Health (ESH) Host-Pathogen Interaction and Vaccinology (HPIV) Safe and Sustainable Food (SSF) Musculoskeletal Biology Immune Regulation and Cancer Cardiovascular Metabolism

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in spoken and written English with an overall score of 7.0 in IELTS (minimum of 6.5 in each sub-test) or a TOEFL score of at least 93 (internet-based test with no element below 23).

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,260 2018/9
International students
£23,380 2018/9

Research Council, Industry, Charity, College funds.
Overseas students in receipt of scholarships from their governments or other bodies or from self-funded students able to support their studies.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-72 months
full time
36-48 months

Further details of qualification

UKPass application plus 1)copy of your CV, 2) a personal statement on why you think you would be right for the scholarship, 3) copy of your degree certificate &transcript showing that you achieved at least a 2:1 in your undergraduate degree and 4) 2 confidential references

Course contact details

RVC Graduate School
+44 (0) 20 7468 5134