Graduate Studies

The Department of Zoology maintains a large and interactive group of approximately 160 doctoral students who are studying for a DPhil, the Oxford equivalent of PhD. Our DPhil students carry out independent and original research projects that span the breadth of biology under the supervision of one or more faculty members. Most of the training that students receive comes from their supervisor and other members of their research group, but the Department and MPLS Division also provide training in core research and professional skills. Oxford’s unique collegiate system also offers students the opportunity to engage with students and academics from a wide range of fields, facilitating the development of interdisciplinary research skills and a broad scientific outlook. Our DPhil student population is very diverse, and our aim is to recruit outstanding biologists from all backgrounds.

In August 2022, the Department of Zoology will be merging with the Department of Plant Sciences to form the Department of Biology. Find out more here