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Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

We have an international reputation for work in the areas of animal reproduction, development and production. Our research in the area of animal production covers major livestock species with focus on the biological basis of feed efficiency and sustainability in ruminant and non-ruminant systems.

We have expertise in dairy science with focus on nutritional strategies for enhancing animal health. Our expertise is being applied to the need for novel and sustainable approaches to increase food production.

Work is carried out mostly on domestic species, although occasionally wild populations are studied, and findings are related to human and animal medicine.

Research areas

Specific research areas:

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

The School of Biosciences research website contains more information on the animal and livestock research group and academic contact details.

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Study mode

Full time


4 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

The fee for international students undertaking a Research Degree in the School of Biosciences will be one of the following depending on the nature of your project: £22,260, £28,260, £33,540 or £41,430. 

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject or 2:2 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject with a merit at masters; other qualifications may also be accepted IELTS: 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each element