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MPhil in Biological Science (Zoology)

University of Cambridge

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  • Qualification

    MPhil - Master of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Cambridge

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The Department of Zoology brings together researchers from a great diversity of disciplines, ranging from cell biology to field ecology. What unites us is an interest in the whole organism, and in how systems interact across different levels of organisation to generate the complexity of form, function and behaviour that is observed in the living world. Evolution is a theme that underpins and unites much of our work, as does an appreciation of the interaction between living organisms and their environments.

The MPhil degree is a one-year full-time course of research, culminating in the submission of a thesis after 11 months, followed by a viva voce examination. There are no taught components to this course but students do attend appropriate lectures and courses including training and transferable skills.

The course introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge. Its main aims are:

  • to give students with relevant experience at the first-degree level the opportunity to carry out focused research in the discipline under close supervision; and
  • to give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests.

By the end of the programme, students will have:

  • a comprehensive understanding of techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature, applicable to their own research;
  • demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
  • shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies; and
  • demonstrated some self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.

Application deadline

30/6/2021

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 32,352per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Cambridge

  • University League Table

    2nd

  • Campus address

    University of Cambridge, The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1TN, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    1st out of 100

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    221 100%

    1st

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    92.0 92%

    1st

    6
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    n/a

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