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.
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.
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.
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.
Examples of positions achieved by our students after earning their postgraduate qualification with us include:
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.
All postgraduate researchers are eligible for the University’s Postgraduate Student of the Year award.