You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree in botany, biology or environmental science (or equivalent from a university outside the UK).
Months of entry
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 stateof- 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.
• Designed to deepen your understanding of the diversity of plants and their conservation
• Taught by staff from academia and industry
• Emphasises hands-on experience with plants, so theoretical understanding is matched by practical skills including plant identification
• Excellent record of graduates going on to higher (research) degrees or employment in the sector
All our master’s programmes emphasise the practical skills that employers need, whether that is the ability to identify plants, carry out environmental assessments or use the latest cutting-edge molecular techniques. As a University of Reading MSc graduate, you will be well equipped to work in the field or the lab, and in the private or public sector. Many of our graduates go on to study for a PhD and pursue a career in research either in industry or in universities. Typical roles of graduates from our ecology and wildlife-based MSc programmes include conservation officers, project managers, field ecologists and environmental consultants. Graduates from our biomedical MSc programme typically go on to pursue PhD studies or work in the pharmaceutical industry
Information for international students
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent)
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Dr Graham Holloway