A postgraduate doctoral degree (PhD) involves specialist study, postgraduate training and original and independent research on a specific topic under the supervision of academic members of staff in the school.
A PhD in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science may be in a broad range of topics. See below for our research areas.
In addition, the school hosts research centres that integrate with the research ambition of the School and the wider University:
- Advanced Data Analysis Centre (ADAC)
- Centre for Dairy Science Innovation (CDSI)
- Centre for Evidenced Based Veterinary Medicine (CEVM)
- Centre for Applied Bioethics (CAB)
Research within the school is focused on four strategic research areas:
The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science is committed to addressing the key challenges of our age. More about our research.
Students undertaking the three-year postgraduate research degree within the school are expected to initially register for an MPhil degree and complete a structured training programme in the first year of study, before transferring to PhD in year two.
Progression through the period of study is closely monitored through regular meetings with the students’ supervisory committee and by reviews with an internal postgraduate progress committee in years one and two.
Our teaching building comprises a lecture theatre, large seminar room, teaching laboratories and a number of small-group teaching rooms, together with staff offices and research facilities including generic laboratories and specialist facilities such as anaerobic/microbiology, RNA and radioisotope laboratories.
Our clinical building includes a large anatomy laboratory, surgery suite, teaching laboratories, seminar rooms, a large clinical skills laboratory and other clinical skills rooms together with animal facilities.
Other school facilities include 16 stables for student horses, an indoor ménage and a student smallholding. We also have access to the University farm dairy, sheep and pig facilities and abattoir on the 100-acre campus.
The school has taken advantage of IT in its design and way of working – all teaching rooms have electronic whiteboards and students access all teaching materials online through our virtual learning environment.
The Graduate School supports all postgraduates and early career researchers at the University, with dedicated study spaces, training courses and placement opportunities.
Throughout your research degree, you will be supported by a training programme run by both the school and faculty, which ensures that postgraduate students benefit from a high standard of education and training enabling them to become independent researchers with a range of specialist and transferable skills. This programme is complementary to the wide range of courses and other support provided by the Graduate School.
A number of University support services exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond. The Postgraduate Students' Association (PGSA) is a particularly important source of support.
The University provides a range of support and information to enhance your student experience.
You will have access to:
- academic and disability support
- childcare services
- counselling service
- financial support
- visa and immigration advice
- welfare support
English language courses
Our Centre for English Language Education offers presessional English courses to help develop your English and study skills.
The centre is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, so you can be sure that the teaching and facilities are high-quality. You can also access free English language support alongside your academic course.
University of Nottingham Students’ Union represents all students. You can join the Postgraduate Students’ Network or speak to the dedicated Postgraduate Officer.
There are also a range of support networks, including groups for:
- international students
- black and minority ethnic students
- students with disabilities
- LGBT+ students
SU Advice provides free, independent and confidential advice on issues such as accommodation, financial and academic difficulties.
Researcher training and development
The Graduate School training and development programme empowers postgraduate students and early career research staff to develop the skills required in their research and future careers.
You will carry out your PhD under the supervision of at least two academic members of staff in the school. Additional supervisors may include appropriately qualified people from other schools and faculties within the University of Nottingham or from other Universities, research institutes or industry.
We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. Details of research supervisors at the University can be found on our research A to Z.
Careers and professional development
Average starting salary and career progression
100% of postgraduates from the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science secured work or further study within six months of graduation.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Careers support and advice
Whether you are considering a career within or outside academia, we’re here to support you every step of the way.
You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate.
Expert staff will work with you to explore PhD career options and apply for vacancies, develop your interview skills and meet employers. You can book a one-to-one appointment, take an online course or attend a workshop.
Fees and funding
As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, such as printing and lab equipment, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles.
The school contributes to some costs relating to conference attendance and may make a contribution towards research expenses. Full costs of your course will vary depending on the nature of your research project, for example there may be additional costs for consumables and project-related travel.
Government loans for masters courses
Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.
International and EU students
Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.
We provide guidance on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study. You can also access specific funding opportunities, entry requirements and other resources for students from specific countries.