The department of Zoology maintains a large and interactive group of approximately 160 D.Phil. students at any one time, working in the research areas of the department. In Oxford, the degree qualification commonly referred to as a Doctor of Philosophy or Ph.D. is known as a D.Phil.

If you are interested in joining this Department as a graduate student, then there are three routes:

  1. an enquiry directly to a specific research supervisor;
  2. an application in response to an advertised studentship project; or
  3. via a Doctoral Training Programme.

These three routes are explained in full on our Graduate Applications Webpage.

The main focus of a studentship in Zoology is the research project within a research group or groups. However, students are also expected to take part in activities at the department level. We run a training programme for all graduate students to complement the training that they will obtain in their research group. The Junior Researchers Club (JRC) brings together graduate students and post-docs within the department for academic and social events that range from tea and cake on Thursday afternoons, to statistics workshops. Students are also encouraged to share information about lectures and social events across the collegiate university via the MPLS Graduate School’s forum of which they are members.

Graduate students on the Annual Residential Course.