Taught course

Biosystematics

Institution
Imperial College London · Department of Life Sciences
Qualifications
MRes

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first class or upper second class Honours degree in a biological or environmental subject.

Months of entry

October

Course content

This is a one-year research-based postgraduate course, run jointly by Imperial College London and the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, a leading institute in systematics research, where the students will be based. It provides students with a broad perspective of taxonomy and systematics, together with relevant practical experience. The course is aimed at students who wish to broaden their knowledge in this area before undertaking a PhD or embarking on a career in systematics research. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class Honours degree in a biological or environmental subject.

The course comprises three 15-week research projects, providing training through research in a range of scientific methods and techniques. Students will participate as research group members in group discussions, specialist subject seminars, work-in-progress lab meetings and journal clubs, and will attend lectures on key topics in systematics.
Training includes theory and philosophy of phylogenetic reconstruction, morphological character analysis, microscopy and image analysis, molecular systematics, taxonomic revisions, phylogenetics computing, statistical approaches to biodiversity, conservation genetics, and specimen handling and collection management. Workshops and seminars in transferable skills are organised by the Graduate School of Life Sciences and Medicine

Qualification and course duration

MRes

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Amoret Whitaker
Email
a.whitaker@nhm.ac.uk