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After completing a bachelor’s and master’s degree, some graduates choose to pursue even further education in their field, working toward a PhD, or doctorate degree. This type of program can last anywhere from two to five years and indicates that the graduate has attained the highest level of mastery of the chosen subject.

What is a PhD in Zoology? This is a very advanced program that studies the physiology, structure, habits and behavior of a wide variety of animals. It may also look into how animals are distributed throughout their ecosystem and how they interact with other species and populations within the ecosystem. Courses may include entomology, evolutionary ecology, ornithology and marine biology. Students may learn about speciation, hybridization, predation, reproductive strategies and sexual selection. They may also examine survival strategies and allocation of resources. A PhD program typically culminates in a doctoral thesis, which is an extensive paper detailing the student’s own original research.

Completing a PhD in Zoology can have many potential benefits. Very few students achieve this level of academic mastery, and those who do may stand out from their peers on a resume as well as in the field. The study of zoology can cultivate sophisticated critical thinking abilities as well as extensive research skills. 

The cost of this type of program can vary depending on the institution and length of the program. Students who study full-time may graduate more quickly than those who work part-time while working or attending to other obligations.

Most students who pursue a doctorate in zoology will have specific career goals in mind and will tailor their program to their interests. Graduates may stay on at the university as a full-time professor, conducting research, writing papers, and educating graduate and undergraduate students. They may also find work as wildlife biologists, zoo scientists, zoologists and environmental specialists for corporations, institutions and nonprofit organizations.

Prospective students can find a number of excellent programs at traditional and online universities around the world. Search below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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3 Results in Zoology

Charles University Faculty of Science

The program is opened to students who finished the graduate study (master, MSc., mgr.) in biology and wish to continue their professional career in zoology. The participa ... [+]

The program is opened to students who finished the graduate study (master, MSc., mgr.) in biology and wish to continue their professional career in zoology. The participants are instructed in conceptual, methodical and technical issues of particular disciplines of zoology and trained in the practical investigation of particular scientific problems. The Ph.D. study is centered with the Ph.D. project which concept and actual performance are largely subjected to student's personal initiative and skills.

A broad spectrum of problems in animal systematics, phylogenetics, ecology and behavioral biology can be studied typically with a routine application of various modern methods and approaches (molecular phylogenetics and phylogeography, histochemical analyses, experimental morphology and evo-devo, quantitative behavioral analyses, neuroethology, acoustic biology etc.) combined with extensive field investigation, comparative studies and laboratory analyses. Almost all major groups of animals are covered, typically Acarina, Aranea, Psedoscorpionea, Mollusca, Heteroptera, Coleoptera, Diptera and several other groups of insects (including fossils) and all major clades of vertebrates (including fossils) as well. For current examples consult a list of the past and recent projects undertaken in the frame of the Ph.D. Program in Zoology (at the web page of the Program: web.natur.cuni.cz/zoologie).... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
October 2019
Full-time
4 years
Campus
Online & Campus Combined
Charles University Faculty of Science

This branch is the study of the biological functions of animal and human organisms. Using wide possibilities of modern experimental methods of molecular biology, chemistr ... [+]

This branch is the study of the biological functions of animal and human organisms. Using wide possibilities of modern experimental methods of molecular biology, chemistry, physics and some special physiological techniques, cellular, organ, and organismic aspects are studied.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

The entrance exam is a one-round in the form of an interview. Based on a written request submitted electronically together with the application but no later than by 19 May 2019, the Dean may permit the entrance examination to take place via information and communication technology, but only for serious and documented reasons such as health or study abroad.

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Czech Republic Prague
October 2019
Full-time
4 years
Campus
Online & Campus Combined
University of Johannesburg

The purpose of the Ph.D. in Zoology is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theory in the field o ... [+]

The purpose of the Ph.D. in Zoology is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theory in the field of zoology. A Ph.D. in Zoology is a pure science-based research study that requires candidates to demonstrate high-level research capability and make a significant and original academic contribution at the frontiers of the discipline of specialization.

The PhD in Zoology demands a very high level of intellectual, theoretical and practical specialized science knowledge and insight into problems related to the field of study and of the application of advanced experimental methods and techniques of the modern research, as well as of fundamental scientific and academic values in generating, processing, interpreting and presenting research data orally and in written form.... [-]

South Africa Johannesburg
February 2019
Full-time
Campus