Taught course

Practical Entomology

University of Sheffield · Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Entry requirements

At least a 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent, in biological sciences or another relevant science subject.

Months of entry


Course content

This 12-month course will address the core skills underpinning any scientific study of insects. You’ll learn how to produce museum-quality levels of sample preparation, material and archiving and how to establish and maintain insect cultures to be able to apply your skills to your entomological interests. Topics that you’ll cover include Taxonomy and Archiving, Husbandry, and Anatomy and Imaging.

As part of your Individual Research Project, you’ll spend 3 months conducting independent research, putting your new skills into practice to address an insect-related research question. Some students will have the opportunity to work with specialists at the Natural History Museum.

You’ll also spend a week in a research station undertaking experiments on insect-pollinator systems to cement your learning.

With hands-on experience of the specialist entomological techniques, you’ll be ready to pursue careers in insect-related research, policy and science communication, collecting and archiving insects, or working within seeds, food, crop, agri-tech and pest control roles for commercial and government organisations. This course is also great preparation for a PhD.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information: www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/courses/

Information for international students

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

For more information about entry requirements for international students, please visit https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/applying/postgraduate-taught

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 114 222 0123