University of Reading

University of Reading

Plant Diversity

As part of an intimate, international group of students, you will gain considerable hands-on experience with plants on this course, so that your theoretical understanding is matched by practical skills, including plant identification. The course has an excellent record of graduates going on to higher (research) degrees or employment in the sector, and features: *taught modules *field work *an individual research project. Teaching takes place both within the University of Reading's Whiteknight's campus, as well as on site visits to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; RHS Garden Wisley and nature reserves. The Whiteknights campus itself features species-rich meadows, ancient trees, woodland areas, a Herbarium, glasshouses and a Botanic Garden. Class sizes vary from small groups of 10-15 students for modules unique to this master's degree, to 25-35 students for modules shared with other courses. You will be taught by staff from academia and industry; our external staff have links to major botanical institutions such as: the Royal Horticultural Society RHS Garden Wisley the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew the Natural History Museum RSK Group Ltd (a major Environmental Consultancy). Your individual research project can be carried out overseas, depending on your individual circumstances and requirements, and subject to consultation with teaching staff. Research within the department focuses on taxonomy and systematics, vegetation survey and assessment, ecological consultancy projects. **Careers** This master's course is geared towards giving you the best career options. Having learned professional skills, lab techniques and practical methodology, you will be able to go into fields including botany, conservation, biology, project management and ecological consultancy. There are numerous pathways into both the private and the public sector for plant scientists. This course will also allow you to go on to doctoral study and begin a career in research.

Entry requirements

MSc: 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). IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Course modules

* Diversity and identification of plants * Vegetation survey and assessment * Vegetation history and archaeobotany * Geographic information systems for Wildlife Managers * Field trips

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 19,820 per Whole course (International) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,210 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,210 per Whole course (EU) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,210 per Whole course (Scotland) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,210 per Whole course (Wales) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,210 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,210 per Whole course (England) 12 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Reading RG6 6UR South East

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