M.Phil. On Campus

Biological Science (Veterinary Medicine)

University of Cambridge

12 months
33972 GBP/year
9111 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Department of Biological Science (Veterinary Medicine) at the University of Cambridge houses a wide range of skilled staff, facilities and equipment, and has a wide clinical patient group to support students' research. It also has strong ties with world-class groups elsewhere in the University and its surrounding Research Institutes. 


We have particular Research strengths in Disease Dynamics, Infection and Immunity,  Systems Pathology. There is a wide range of potential research subjects on offer: from mathematical studies to small and macromolecules, cells, tissues and model organisms to clinical patients.Our one-year full-time (two years part-time) MPhil research programme leads to the MPhil in Biological Science (Veterinary Medicine) degree. Students are based in a research group and undertake research on a topic agreed with the Supervisor. There is no examined coursework but students can take part in a wide range of both knowledge-base and working skills training. Students will be expected to take training courses in specialist areas as appropriate. An examination is entirely based on the thesis presented at the end of the programme.The Biological Science (Veterinary Medicine) programme's main aims are:

  • to give students with relevant experience at a first-degree level the opportunity to carry out focussed 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. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme at the University of Cambridge, 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; 
  • some demonstrated self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acting autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.

Programme Structure

  • This is a degree by research and there is no formal teaching. However, students may attend relevant training courses relating to their project in consultation with their supervisor.
  • The student is expected to attend journal clubs and departmental seminars. Other classes are decided by student and supervisor and the number of hours is not set.
  • Departmental journal club runs usually once per term. Journal clubs may also be organised by individual research groups.
  • Students are expected to present a seminar to the Department towards the end of their MPhil. They may also participate in the biannual Departmental research days by presenting posters and/or short oral presentations.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree.
  • Two academic references 
  • Transcript 
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English 
  • Statement of Interest (M)
  • Research Proposal (O)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33972 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33972 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9111 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9111 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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