Research course


University of Cambridge · Department of Zoology

Entry requirements

First class/upper second honours degree (or the overseas equivalent) in a related Biological Science subject, preferably enhanced by a Masters degree, although this is not a prerequisite for a PhD. We interview shortlisted UK and EU students for our Research Council awards in the Department in late January. All applicants, and particularly those from overseas, are encouraged to contact prospective supervisors before applying formally to the University and to visit Cambridge if possible. Please check the Board of Graduate Studies webpages for closing dates.

Months of entry

January, April, October

Course content

Located on one of the main scientific sites in the centre of Cambridge, the Department has a strong record in research and teaching and provides an interactive, inter-disciplinary environment, with 27 academic teaching staff and around 70 post-doctoral research workers. Research groups are also based in the Sub Dept of Animal Behaviour and Wellcome Trust/CR-UK Gurdon Institute nearby.
Emphasis is placed on transferable skills training, with a wide variety of courses being organised by the Graduate School for the Life Sciences. See the website for more information:

Department specialisms

Cell Biology; Developmental Biology; Neurobiology; Animal Physiology; Behaviour and Behavioural Neuroscience; Evolution and Diversity; Behavioural Ecology; Conservation Biology; Population and Community Ecology; Aquatic Ecology.

Information for international students

The research interests of the Department can be found on our departmental webpages. The Board of Graduate Studies webpages provide comprehensive information on how to apply, academic criteria, language requirements, fees and funding, the colleges and much more.

Fees and funding

British Research Councils such as BBSRC, MRC, NERC, Wellcome Trust plus other bodies including the Gates Cambridge Trust and Cambridge. Overseas/European/Commonwealth Trusts.
Occasionally we have specific projects funded by other bodies, such as the RSPB and CRC-UK.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36/48 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Linda Wheatley, Graduate Secretary
01223 336647
01223 336676