Veterinary Pathology

MPhil / PhD

Veterinary Pathology is the study of disease in non-human species and includes both naturally occurring disease and the experimental study of both human and non-human diseases using animal models.

Leading international reputation in infection research, tropical medicine and global health for more than 150 years

The University of Liverpool’s Institute of Infection and Global Health was established to bring together leading medical, veterinary and basic science researchers from across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.

  • 150

    years of leading international reputation.

  • 101

    academic members of staff.

  • £6.6m

    awarded in new research income this year.

Research at Liverpool

Veterinary Pathology research at the University of Liverpool involves many areas of disease, including infectious diseases (bacterial, virological and parasitic diseases), immunopathology, oncology, neuropathology, degenerative diseases, toxicology and drug safety.

Our work uses many different morphological in situ techniques, with particular expertise in immunohistology and electron microscopy, as well as molecular methods. The range of species in which we are interested includes domestic animals (companion animal and livestock), wildlife and zoo species and laboratory animals.

Based at both the Leahurst and Liverpool campuses, postgraduate training opportunities exist for veterinary surgeons  both towards specialisation in veterinary pathology (DiplECVP, FRCPath) and to obtain a postgraduate research degree (PhD).

In addition to the expertise and areas of research interest within our group, we have well-established collaborations with other clinical and non-clinical researchers, both within the University of Liverpool and at other institutions. Inter-disciplinary postgraduate opportunities as part of a collaboration between Veterinary Pathology and the Centre for Drug Safety Science, which may also include the study of infectious diseases, are also available.

 

Study options and fees

MPhil

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) can be thought of as a shorter version of the PhD. It requires the same research skills, training, planning, and project management. It can be a way to assess whether you wish to undertake doctoral research - or it can be taken for its own sake.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 4-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)
PhD

A doctoral degree is awarded to students that have demonstrated the ability to conceptualise, design, and implement a substantial research project that results in new knowledge, applications, or understanding in their field of study. During your research, you can expect to draw on direct clinical and observational experience to produce an original thesis of 80,000-100,000 words. You'll be part of a research group which matches your research interests. Research groups offer opportunities for cross-disciplinary research collaboration, as well as support and expertise for your research.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 4-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)
MD

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is a doctoral degree open to medical practitioners (technically, anyone holding a medical qualification registrable with the General Medical Council). It is equivalent in requirements and format to the PhD.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 2-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)

Entry requirements

Eligibility and entry qualifications

Students will normally have a minimum of a 2:1 class honours degree in a relevant biological science subject, or an equivalent medical, veterinary or dental qualification. Applicants are selected on the basis of their curriculum vitae, qualifications and referees’ reports, together with their perceived ability to complete the programme successfully and on the value of the training offered to their subsequent career plans.

English language requirements

To apply for this research degree, you must have reached a minimum standard of English. You need to be able to provide evidence of this.  See our English language requirements for international students for guidance on the different English language qualifications and evidence that you can provide. 

International qualifications

We welcome applications from within the EU and from around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those which are required to study for this research degree.  See our guidance on international qualifications.

Additional requirements

How to apply

Research degree applications can be made online.  Before you apply, we recommend that you identify a supervisor and develop a research proposal.  You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.

Applications are open all year round.

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