Research course

Animal Sciences

University of Nottingham · Division of Animal Sciences

Entry requirements

2:2 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject. Applicants holding other qualifications may also be accepted. MPhil/PhD preferred registration dates are September, January and April.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Research focus is the physiology of reproduction in mammals, particularly in relation to improving or regulating fertility. Work is carried out mostly on domestic species, although occasionally wild populations are studied, and findings are related to human and animal medicine. Studies of the pituitary-ovarian-uterine axis, including oocyte development, folliculogenesis, ovulation, the formation of the corpus luteum, the maternal recognition of pregnancy and early conceptus development are carried out. Specific research areas are: oocyte development; follicle/oocyte interactions; ovarian tissues and biophysics; maternal recognition of pregnancy; social influences; nutritional influences; subfertility in dairy cattle; follicle growth and oocyte production.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Department specialisms

The Division has areas of interest in reproduction development growth and health of domestic animals including major programmes in genetics, nutrition, female gametogenesis early development, animal biotechnology, induction and maintenance of pluripotency,neurophysiology and applied bioethics.

Information for international students

International Students (outside the European Union) are advised to apply early in the academic year to ensure consideration for available scholarships (ORS, International Office). English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element).

Fees and funding

The University Graduate School operates two schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research, these are, the Graduate School Travel Prize and Universitas21 funding.

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Bioscience's web pages.

For information on opportunities for funding for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 748 6500