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Are you fascinated by the world of insects and their impact on our ecosystems? Look no further than the MSc in Entomology at Harper Adams University. This unique programme is the only one in the UK that offers postgraduate level training in general and applied entomology. With a focus on conservation and agriculture, you will gain specialized knowledge and skills to tackle global food security and biodiversity challenges. From studying insect diversity and evolution to exploring biological control and pesticide technology, this programme offers a range of modules to suit your interests. Join us and embark on an exciting career in entomology and conservation. Entry requirements include a UK honours degree or equivalent experience. Scholarships are available, and 98% of our graduates find employment in research or go on to pursue a PhD. Harper Adams University is a leading institution in entomology teaching and research, ensuring you receive the best education and opportunities in this field.

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“It [Harper Adams University] is already a centre of excellence for entomology teaching and research in the UK”

Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

The course

Harper Adams is the only UK institution to teach general and applied entomology at postgraduate level. The course has a particular focus on conservation and agriculture. There is currently a shortage of expertise in this important topic, which is a key element in the effort to ensure global food security and the understanding of biodiversity. By successfully completing this course you will develop a range of abilities that will prepare for an interesting and fulfilling career in an area with considerable opportunities.

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Entry Requirements

A UK honours degree (minimum 2:2) or equivalent overseas qualification. Applicants with a good FdSc/HND pass in a relevant subject area plus at least two years' relevant industrial or professional experience may also be considered.

Previous experience, referees' reports and interviews will be used to determine the suitability of candidates for particular programmes.

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Graham Smith

Pursuing a Masters’ degree is often born of a particular passion that a student wants to explore more in-depth than an undergraduate degree can offer. This was true for Graham Smith, who studied biology before deciding to specialise in the world of entomology at Harper.

Having completed his undergraduate studies, Graham signed up to a week-long programme with the Fields Study Council BioLinks project, bringing together people with a shared passion for biology and a particular interest in nature to work on biological recording. With Graham’s background studies, he was knowledgeable on the subject but also ready to be challenged. He commented: “It was one of the rarer opportunities for a whole bunch of keen young naturalists to bump heads, all from a range of backgrounds.

“All at varying levels of experience and confidence we had an endless curiosity and fun facts to share, all while conveying genuine passion. No elitism crept in; it felt like everyone truly wanted to impart their knowledge and were excited by that prospect.”

His next step was to find the right postgraduate programme. “More than anything I wanted to gain enough in-depth knowledge about insects in particular in order to feel prepared for studying their little but complex world as I move forward.

“On the Harper Adams open day, everyone running the course was warm and welcoming and accommodating of all my questions. I came away and I felt that postgraduate-level and a Masters specifically tailored towards learning about insects was the best way to accomplish my career aspirations.”

On his experience of studying MSc Entomology, Graham says: " The most inspiring thing I have discovered is how curious and hopeful so many people are and can be in this field of research, and how well-connected everyone is in the field of Entomology.

“In a time where we need to share ideas and act fast to make a difference, it is lovely to see what feels like an extended family of passionate people."

Graham advises others with a keen interest in a subject to take up the mantle and continue into higher education. He advises: “Make the most of the connections you will have while on your respective course - there will be someone who is interested and passionate about what you are! Or at least there will be someone who knows people who are, so seize that opportunity when you can!”


Our Alumni Association, The Harper Adams Club, awards an annual scholarship of up to £2,000 to assist a Harper Adams graduate to undertake an MSc course at Harper Adams.

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Candidates must have been awarded a first degree or HND at Harper Adams and have been accepted for a full- or part-time Masters course

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.The scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis by means of an interview.

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