The student will perform a research project in veterinary medicine, veterinary science or a biological science, and during the course of the year will also prepare a literature review in the subject of their research project and present the project in talks and/or posters to a Departmental audience. There are opportunities to present at external scientific meetings for many students. Students will be expected to take training courses in specialist areas as appropriate. Examination is entirely based on the dissertation presented at the end of the year.
By the end of the programme, students will have:
Continuation from MPhil to PhD is possible although it is not automatic. All cases are judged on their own merits based on a number of factors including: evidence of progress and research potential; a sound research proposal; the availability of a suitable supervisor, full funding and resources required for the research; acceptance by the Head of Department and the Degree Committee.
This is a research-only degree with no taught elements.
|One to one supervision||
Every research student has a Principal Supervisor and an Advisor. The number of hours of formal supervision will vary depending on the student, supervisor and project . The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University's expectations regarding supervision.
|Seminars & classes||
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.
None except research project work.
|Small group teaching||
The number of hours is not set, except that there is a minimum requirement for generic skills training.
Minimum of one per month.
Usually one in the first third of the year.
Students are expected to present a seminar to the Department towards the end of their MPhil. They may also participate in the bi-annual Departmental research days by presenting posters and/or short oral presentations.
Students can expect to receive a formal online feedback report from their supervisor once per term. More informal feedback from supervisor will be provided as required.
This course is examined by dissertation and viva. The dissertation must be no longer than 20,000 words and must satisfy the examiners that the candidate can design and carry out an original investigation, assess and interpret the results obtained, and place the work in the wider context of the subject.
You will be given informal feedback on your literature review.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.