About the Institute of Zoology

The Institute of Zoology (IoZ) is a world-renowned research centre working at the cutting edge of conservation science.

IoZ has an established record of conservation impact in important research areas, including:  

PhD and MSc student opportunities

IoZ supports up to 70 PhD students each year, who are registered with partner universities and co-supervised by IoZ and university staff. We also run MSc courses in Wild Animal Heath, Wild Animal Biology and a veterinary field course Interventions in Wild Animal Health.

2021 Research Assessment Framework

The Institute of Zoology has an established record of excellence in research and impact, most recently evidenced by our performance in REF2021. In a joint submission with University College London (UCL) and Birkbeck, University of London, to the Biological Sciences unit of assessment (UoA5), 88.5% of our research outputs and 90.9% of our impacts were judged as ‘world leading’ or 'internationally excellent'.  In addition, while we only contributed 10% of the staff in this submission (24.2 FTEs), we contributed five of the 11 Impact Case Studies.  

Read the Impact Case Studies (ICS):

ics - range wide conservation for cheetahs and African wild dogs

ICS - Amphibian Disease

We are funded by Research England, the same body that supports universities, with additional funding for specific projects from the UK research councils and various other academic, corporate, governmental and charitable organizations.

IoZ is affiliated with University College London (UCL), specifically with the UCL Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment. Our research staff are accorded honorary status within the UCL Division of Biosciences, part of the Faculty of Life Sciences. 

The IoZ is also a member of the Athena SWAN Charter and has been awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of our ongoing commitment to the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.


Discover our latest science in the IoZ Annual Review