Taught course


University of Reading · School of Biological Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally required to have obtained an honours degree in a suitable subject, such as biological science, geographical science, agricultural science or environmental science. Applicants should have gained or expect to gain a class mark of 2(1) or better (for example, 60%+, or the international equivalent, such as a B+ letter grade in the USA). Applicants holding 2(2) degrees may also apply and each case will be considered on its own merits.

Months of entry


Course content

  • Prepare for employment in the competitive entomology sector
  • Emphasis is placed on CV development
  • Relevant extracurricular activities help you to hone the skills and qualities desired by employers
  • Almost entirely practical work with no written examinations

Biological Sciences at Reading

Learn from enthusiastic and friendly academics with a real passion for their subject. You will be able to draw on their experience, gained from years of teaching and research in both biomedical and evolutionary biology/ecology.

We emphasise cross-disciplinary and quantitative approaches to research. Our interests span the broad scope of modern biology, from individual molecules to global biodiversity and sustainability.

As a student in our School, you will benefit from access to our outstanding research and teaching facilities. These include the Cole Museum of Zoology and the Herbarium, which contain over 4,000 zoological specimens and around 300,000 plant specimens.

Additionally, we have a range of modern, well-equipped laboratories. These include automated DNA sequencers and real-time PCR machines for molecular work; a state-of-the-art imaging suite with confocal and super-resolution microscopes; dedicated microbiology laboratories for the study of bacteria and viruses; excellent computing facilities for computer-intensive work in phylogenetics, bioinformatics, protein structure, evolution and population biology; and controlled environment suites for the study of invertebrates and plants.

Information for international students

Applicants require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc(Res)
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team