Research courses

Our active research community benefits from links with leading research institutions, veterinary practices and the wider veterinary industry. Faculty members' research activities extend beyond school boundaries, with national and international collaborations in fields ranging from biosciences and psychology to business and the arts.

What we are researching

Research areas include but are not limited to the following:

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

Explore our departments

If you are interested in doing a PhD with us, please look at the interests of our School's research departments and get in contact with an academic.

Veterinary Medicine and Science PhD

Depending on the nature of your research project, you might be mostly based at a desk, a laboratory, a clinic, in the field, or a combination of two or more of these.

Studentships

We have many studentship opportunities available, including our new Vice Chancellor’s Studentship Award and Doctoral College Studentship Award.

Student and clinical supervisors’ perspective on student preparedness for clinical learning in veterinary medicine – a multicentre study

Funding information:
Funding will cover University tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for three years and a stipend for three years at RCUK levels (£15,000 per year). For further information see: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/veterinary-medicine-and-science-phd (Fees and Funding tab).The PhD studentship is expected to commence in October 2019.

The role of the microbiome and circulating endothelial cells in the pathobiology of cutaneous renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV)

Funding information:
Fully funded PhD, stipend of £15,009 per year.Initial deadline 13 September 2019 or applications accepted all year round.

Sudden cardiac death in human athletes – electrophysiological and molecular insights from the animal models

Funding information:
Funding will cover University tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for three years and a stipend for three years at RCUK levels (£15,000 per year).For further information see Veterinary Medicine and Science PhD  (Fees and Funding tab).The PhD studentship is expected to commence in October 2019.

Expert support

The Doctoral College supports the academic and professional development of postgraduate researchers to ensure our world-leading research continues to grow. There is also an extensive Researcher Development Programme run at university level.

World-class facilities

We’re home to world-class facilities, including outstanding research laboratories, veterinary clinical skills centres and a Veterinary Pathology centre with high containment laboratories.

What our students say

Read our student profiles to discover first-hand what it's like to study with us.

Emma Theobald

"The fact that my research is having real world applications on canine health is very important to me."

Emma Theobald

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