Imperial College London

Imperial College London

Taxonomy and Biodiversity

This course provides students with the methodological and conceptual background in taxonomy and biodiversity, developing quantitative and practical skills, computing, morphological and molecular techniques in: systematics.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (minimum 2.2 for MSc, 2.1 for MRes) or equivalent in a biological or environmental subject (e.g. zoology; botany; microbiology; agriculture and veterinary science); others with suitable experience may also be considered; all applicants whose 1st language is not English require: GCSE, IGCSE, GCE O-level or equivalent at grade C; or Cambridge certificate of proficiency in English (CPE) at grade C; or IELTS score of 7.0 with a score of 6.5 or better in the written and speaking section; or TOEFL paper minimum score of 610 (test of written English (TWE) of 4.5 or more); or TOEFL computer minimum score of 250 (TWE of 4.5 or more); or TOEFL internet minimum score of 100 overall, including a minimum of 24 in the written section and a minimum of 22 in the speaking section.

Course modules

Modules include: Biodiversity 1: concepts; biodiversity 2: applied; coevolution and biogeography; field course at Silwood Park Campus; introduction to taxonomic and systematic principles; molecular systematics; ordination (biometric) techniques in taxonomy; palaeontology and stratigraphy; phylogenetic reconstruction, theory and practice; 4 month research project.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include coursework and research project.

Sponsorship information

Number of bursaries between �500 and �1,000 also available.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 9,200 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 18,800 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 4,600 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 9,400 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
South Kensington Campus Kensington and Chelsea SW7 2AZ South East

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