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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School


There are four main steps to applying for Graduate Study:

1. Find a Supervisor 

Before making an official application, candidates are strongly encouraged to first identify a suitable and williing supervisor.  To do this you should read about our Researchers and their work on our Research pages  (as well as looking at our currently available PhD projects).   You should then make contact with those Principle Investigators (PIs) whose work interests you, outlining your own experience and research interests along with any other useful information (eg funding) and a copy of your CV.   If they are interested you can then discuss possible projects and supervisor availability.  It is important to begin this process well ahead of any deadlines as sometimes finding a supervisor and potential  project can take a long time.  

2. Submit a formal application

Once you have decided you wish to apply to this Department, you will need to fill in a web based graduate student application  form (see here). This incurs a fee. 

You would select the relevant course code as follows:

MPHIL: VTVTM1 (info here)
PhD (Probationary) in Veterinary Medicine: VTVT22 (info here)
PhD (Probationary) in Biological Sciences at the Department of Veterinary Medicine: VTVT221 (info here)
VetMD (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine): VMD72  (info here)


3. Interview

Once we have received your application we will be in contact to arrange an interview with our Director of Graduate Education and usually the potential supervisor.  We will aim to be in touch within two weeks of receiving your application to arrange this.  However at busy times this may take longer.

4. Acceptance

If you are successful at interview stage your application then needs to be approved by the University's Graduate Admissions Office who will issue the official confirmation.  You will initially get a conditional offer and details of any conditions that you need to fulfil before final confirmation.  The process is described in detail here, with links to further pages which will be useful.

5. Additional information

Part time study may be possible in certain circumstances if the project is suitable and your supervisor is agreeable - please see info here   and info booklet here


If you have any questions or are having problems with any of the above steps, please contact Fiona Roby by emailing:


Link to Graduate Admissions Website - please see here for further  information including deadlines, course requirements, course fees etc.