Doctorate Degrees in Zoology

Compare 5 PhD Programs in Zoology

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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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Doctorado en Philosophia en Producción Animal y Recursos Naturales

Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua
Campus Full time 8 semesters July 2017 Mexico Chihuahua

El programa está enfocado a la formación integral de recurso humano a nivel posgrado, que al involucrarse en actividades de generación, validación y/o transferencia del conocimiento, así como de formación de profesionistas, den respuesta con propuestas innovadoras y sustentadas en el conocimiento a las demandas de solución a la problemática de los sistemas de producción animal, el uso sustentable y el aprovechamiento de los recursos naturales en Chihuahua, en México e incluso allende sus fronteras. [+]

PhDs in Zoology. El programa está enfocado a la formación integral de recurso humano a nivel posgrado, que al involucrarse en actividades de generación, validación y/o transferencia del conocimiento, así como de formación de profesionistas, den respuesta con propuestas innovadoras y sustentadas en el conocimiento a las demandas de solución a la problemática de los sistemas de producción animal, el uso sustentable y el aprovechamiento de los recursos naturales en Chihuahua, en México e incluso allende sus fronteras. Para ello, el programa desarrolla en el estudiante diferentes competencias genéricas y de especialidad en cuatro áreas de especialización: Nutrición Animal, Reproducción y Genética Animal, Manejo de Recursos Naturales y Tecnología de Productos de Origen Animal. Misión y Visión MISIÓN Formar recurso humano especializado, de alto nivel científico y con competencias integrales para que contribuyan al desarrollo nacional, al desarrollo de tecnología propia y a la sustentabilidad de la producción, mediante la generación, aplicación, difusión y transferencia de conocimiento para la solución de problemas e innovación en los sistemas de producción animal y el cuidado y uso responsable de los recursos naturales, a favor de una mejor calidad de vida en el contexto regional y nacional. VISIÓN 2018 El programa de Doctor in Philosophia en Producción Animal y Recursos Naturales es un referente nacional e internacional, con alta pertinencia social, reconocido por la productividad académica, impacto de sus resultados y por la calidad en la formación de recursos humanos comprometidos con la generación y aplicación responsable e innovadora del conocimiento para la... [-]

PhD in Zoology

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg

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

The purpose of the PhD 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 PhD 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 specialisation. 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. The general regulations for Doctorates are applicable. [-]

PhD in Aquatic Health

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg

The purpose of the PhD in Aquatic Health is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theory in the field of specialisation. [+]

PhDs in Zoology. The purpose of the PhD in Aquatic Health is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theory in the field of specialisation. A PhD in Aquatic Health 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 specialisation. The PhD in Aquatic Health 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. [-]

PhD in Zoology

Charles University Faculty of Science
Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

Ph.D. programme in zoology is aimed at graduate university students deeply interested in science of zoology and capable of independent research in a particular zoological discipline. The study is centred with a Ph.D. project addressing the current issues of the discipline and consistent both in conceptual and methodological respects. [+]

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 practical invesigation of particular scientific problems. The PhD study is centered with the PhD project which concept and actual performance is largerly 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, quantiative 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 frame of the PhD Program in Zoology. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria The entrance examination has one round and is held as an interview. In exceptional cases, requested in writing by 30 April 2017, the dean can permit entrance examinations to take place via information and communication technology. During the entrance examination the candidate must demonstrate technical and linguistic skills to study the given field along with attributes necessary for scientific work. The... [-]

PhD in Animal Physiology

Charles University Faculty of Science
Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

A graduate of the doctoral study program in Animal Physiology is ready for independent scientific-research work. He/she has good theoretical knowledge and practical skills in a wide range of biological disciplines affecting the physiological and biochemical aspects of the relevant studied problems at the cell, organ and organism levels, and is able to adequately present the experimental findings obtained. [+]

PhDs in Zoology. This branch is the study of 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 the entrance examination and evaluation criteria The entrance examination has one round and is held as an interview. In exceptional cases, requested in writing by 30 April 2017, the dean can permit entrance examinations to take place via information and communication technology. During the entrance examination the candidate must demonstrate technical and linguistic skills to study the given field along with attributes necessary for scientific work. The entrance examination also takes into account the interest of the candidate in pursuing specific doctoral work with a particular supervisor and the candidate’s ability to handle this topic. The maximum score of the examination is 100 points. Conditions for admission Submission of a properly completed application, including prescribed appendices, and payment of the application fee by 30 April 2017. Completion of a master’s program of study at a university documented by a notarized copy of a diploma or certificate of equivalence of a foreign university education, or an original confirmation of completion of the required education by 30 September 2017. The requirement of submitting a notarized copy of a diploma does not apply to master’s graduates of Charles University. Applicants whose request for recognition of a foreign education has not been decided upon by 30 September 2017 may submit the required... [-]