University of Reading

University of Reading

Entomology (by Research)

Are you interested in insects and want a career in research or another aspect of entomology? Through theoretical and practical experience, you'll learn how applied entomology is carried out both in the UK and overseas and gain an appreciation for the range of insect-related issues in the UK and abroad. You will also learn essential principles of research design in applied entomology, gain competence in a range of research methods for data collection, and gain detailed expertise in a subset relevant to your own research interests. Develop expertise in data management and analysis, as well as the issues affecting data interpretation, and gain an understanding of the legal and ethical issues in the conduct and dissemination of a research programme. You will learn the written and oral skills required for communicating research output, and gain an awareness of the issues facing those pursuing a career in entomological research. You'll also gain transferable skills, such as using computers for statistics and data analysis, and the ability to collect field data on a variety of taxonomic groups. This programme places an emphasis on CV development, and extracurricular activities help you to hone the skills and qualities desired by employers. You will learn almost entirely through practical work, with small class sizes (between five and 20 students) and no written examinations. **Careers** There are a wide range of employment opportunities for people with expertise in applied entomology. This includes opportunities in the agriculture sector dealing with pest control and advice (with organisations such as the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group), conservation and biodiversity (with organisations such as Natural England and various wildlife trusts), and research (with organisations such as the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology). There are also many PhD opportunities for students with entomological expertise.

Entry requirements

MSc: You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in a suitable subject, such as biological science, geographical science, agricultural science or environmental science, but each application will be considered individually. IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Course modules

* Introduction to insect identification * Advanced entomology * Quantitative methods * Entomology project * Field trips


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 - 12 Months

Campus details

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

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