Veterinary Medicine and Science PhD

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to undertake a PhD at Surrey because I knew I would be working in collaboration with leading experts from the University, the AHVLA and Fitzpatrick Referrals. All are passionate about safeguarding and improving the health and welfare of animals, as well as advancing scientific knowledge in microbiology.

Onyi Diribe PhD Veterinary Medicine and Science

Why choose this course?

The School of Veterinary Medicine is home to a vibrant research community and benefits from strong links with leading research institutions, veterinary practices  and the wider veterinary industry.

At Surrey, our academics are engaged in forward-thinking research employing cutting edge technologies to investigate important issues relating to animal health.

There is also a strong focus on the ‘One Health’ theme linking human and veterinary medicine across the disciplines.

What you will study

Research facilities and equipment

As a PhD student at Surrey, you’ll receive individual tuition in your specialist field.

Close links with industry and clinical practice are encouraged, and many of our projects are directly sponsored by industry.

Students will benefit from the outstanding facilities within the new School of Veterinary Medicine - due to open autumn 2015 - including research and teaching laboratories, world-class Veterinary Clinical Skills Centres and a Veterinary Pathology Centre with high containment laboratories.

Students can also access the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences’ core technology programme that supports equipment-intensive research technologies and promotes their use in multidisciplinary research.

The core facilities include Chromatography, DNA Microarrays, Flow Cytometry and Bioimaging, Mass Spectrometry, Metabolomics, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Biolog Phenomics.

All the standard analytical and project-specific equipment necessary for high-quality research is also available, including that required for cell culture, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, electrophysiology, bio-imaging and molecular biology.

PhD overview

At the core of our PhD programmes are the regular meetings that you’ll have with your supervisors. In the first year, you will – with the guidance and support of your supervisors – lay the foundations of your research by learning techniques, planning the structure of your work and starting to gather data, based on an agreed timetable.

Your supervisors will guide you on how to present at conferences and the process for publishing your research.

Research areas

  • Infectious diseases and zoonoses
  • Pathology
  • Food safety and food security
  • Epidemiology
  • Veterinary public health
  • Nutrition
  • Metabolic disease
  • Animal behaviour
  • Genetics
  • Vaccinology
  • Immunology
  • Neurology
  • Anatomy
  • Orthopaedics
  • Biomechanics
  • Bio-imaging
  • Welfare and ethics

Examples of positions achieved by our students after earning their postgraduate qualification with us include:

  • Molecular Microbiologist - Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency
  • Veterinary Microbiologist - University of Surrey
  • Research Scientist - Pirbright Institute


Every year we offer a number of funded studentships. These are advertised on the  Faculty studentships and scholarships page as and when they become available.

Research award

All postgraduate researchers are eligible for the University’s Postgraduate Student of the Year award.

Related research areas

Related departments/schools

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
PhD Full-time 30-48 months October, April
PhD Part-time 60-96 months October, April

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a good honours degree (upper second) in an appropriate discipline, but prior experience in research or industry may be acceptable. Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, independent study is essential, as is a good command of the English language. Please contact the School of Veterinary Medicine to discuss your experience and qualifications.

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English language requirements

IELTS minimum overall: 7.0

IELTS minimum by component: 6.5

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.


Study mode UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time £4195 £20,000
Part-time £2100 £10,000

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/18 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

Overseas students applying for 2017 entry should please note that annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

A complete list of all fees for our research programmes

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Code of practice for research degrees

Surrey’s postgraduate research code of practice sets out the University's policy and procedural framework relating to research degrees.

The code defines a set of standard procedures and specific responsibilities covering the academic supervision, administration and assessment of research degrees for all faculties within the University.

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