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Study mode

Full time

Duration

3 years

Start date

OCT

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Zoology

Course type

Research

Course Summary

About the course

The Department of Zoology maintains a large and interactive group of around 170 DPhil students at any one time, working in the research areas of the department.

As a doctoral student at the Department of Zoology, your primary focus will be your research, which will usually be conducted within one or more of the existing research groups. In addition, you will be encouraged to make the most of the doctoral training and research methods provision available across the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division. The department also provides training to all DPhil students that focuses on developing research skills.

Doctoral research projects can be based on fieldwork (sometimes in remote places), laboratory experiments, analysis of existing data sets, or mathematical theory, but in all cases must be original and rigorous, leading to publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Supervision

The allocation of graduate supervision for this course is the responsibility of the Department of Zoology and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff. Under exceptional circumstances, a supervisor may be found outside the Department of Zoology.

Assessment

All students will be initially admitted to the status of Probationer Research Student (PRS). Within a maximum of six terms as a PRS student (and normally by the fourth term) you will be expected to apply for transfer of status from Probationer Research Student to DPhil status.

Transfer of status is assessed based on a report that summarises progress made as a PRS student and outlines the content and structure of the proposed DPhil thesis. Students who are successful at transfer will also be expected to apply for and gain confirmation of DPhil status within nine terms of admission, to show that your work continues to be on track.

Both milestones normally involve an interview with two assessors and therefore provide important experience for the final oral examination.

You will be expected to submit a substantial thesis after three or, at most, four years from the date of admission. To be successfully awarded a DPhil in Zoology you will need to defend your thesis orally (viva voce) in front of one Oxford based and one external examiner.

Graduate destinations

Zoology graduates, like DPhil graduates in biological sciences at Oxford as a whole, continue to a wide range of careers after graduating. Between 2008-13, 84% of DPhil graduates continued in bioscience-related posts, of which almost two thirds involved academic research.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

£8,290

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)

£27,460

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

As a minimum, applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve the equivalent of the following UK qualifications. a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in subjects appropriate to the DPhil project. Admission to the DPhil in Zoology does not normally require a master's level qualification. For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.5 out of 4.0.