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With only a small percentage of the planet's diversity formally described by science, it is more important than ever to train a new generation of taxonomists who will go on to describe, understand and conserve biodiversity.

Of critical shortage are skilled scientists in plant and fungal taxonomy, scientists that underpin much bioscience, nature conservation, plant breeding work, as well as underpinning the development of environmental policy. This course delivers vital training to fill that skill shortage. The course will provide training in plant and fungal identification skills, in combination with a thorough grounding in molecular systematics, evolutionary biology, and conservation policy, theory and practice.

Collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

This MSc course is delivered in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and you will be based there for some of your teaching. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew was founded in 1759, and has the largest and most diverse collections of plant and fungal specimens and associated biodiversity databases in the world. The combination of extensive specimen collections, databases, and scientific research conducted on a global scale is unique, and means that Kew plays a leading role in facilitating greater access to basic plant information, underpinning science and conservion activities worldwide.

Kew's 2020 Science Strategy outlines their responsibility to pass on their knowledge, skills and expertise to the next generation of plant and fungal scientists, both in the UK and globally, and to encourage and inspire questioning minds to delve further into pure and applied biodiversity science. Their objective is being achieved through offering this MSc programme in conjunction with QMUL. You can find out more about their science strategy on the Kew website.

Structure

Our MSc programme directly addresses the skills gap in taxonomy and systematics identified by the Natural Environmental Research Council and Living with Environmental Change in their 2012 report Most Wanted II. Postgraduate and Professional Skills Needs in the Environment Sector. The programme equips students with the knowledge and skills to undertake research in the fields of taxonomy, molecular systematics, ecology and evolution, or to engage in more applied conservation work. We are training a new generation of taxonomists in cross-disciplinary skills with many applications in academia, government, industry, consultancy and non-governmental organisations.

If you have any questions about the content or structure, contact the co-directors of the programme Professor Andrew Leitch or .

Taught modules

  • Plant Taxonomy and Diversity
  • Fungal Taxonomy and Diversity
  • Statistics and Bioinformatics: 
  • Research Frontiers in Evolutionary Biology
  • Conservation and Ecosystem Science
  • Field Study Skills in a Biodiversity Hotspot 

Individual research project

  • Original research (50 per cent of the course)

The individual research project will enable students to focus on an area that interests them, with the vast scientific collections of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew available for investigative research. Projects can be based at either institution, depending on the specialism. Lab facilities are available at both locations and Queen Mary also has state of-the-art super-computing and informatics resources.

Student handbook

Find out more about this programme in our Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation handbook

Fees

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £11,200

Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £21,950

Part-time study is not available for this course

Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU studentsand for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

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Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Graduate employment

Our new MSc will directly address the skills gap in taxonomy and systematics identified by the Natural Environmental Research Council and Living with Environmental Change in their 2012 report Most Wanted II. Postgraduate and Professional Skills Needs in the Environment Sector.We will train a new generation of taxonomists in cross-disciplinary skills with many applications in academia, government, industry, consultancy and non-governmental organisations.

What are our graduates doing now? 

Recent masters graduates from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences have gone on to do further research in the UK and abroad, including PhD positions at Queen Mary, Oxford University, University College London and at universities in the USA and New Zealand. Others have secured employment in industry and academia, including environmental consultancies, UK and overseas government agencies, the pharmaceutical industry, a global oil field services provider and as the head of a department at a university in Guyana. 

Others work in areas including teaching, museums and journalism. The most recent national destination survey confirmed that 80% of our graduates were in employment and/or study six months after graduation. The range of skills gained through our programmes, coupled with opportunities for extra-curricular activities, has enabled students to enter careers such as: 

  • Curator - Natural History Museum 
  • Fisheries Ecologist - Brown May Marine 
  • Research Chemist - Xention 
  • Research Scientist - Phosphonics 
  • Ecotoxicologist - ADAS UK Ltd 
  • Consultant - HR Wallingford 
  • Technical Officer - Environment Agency 
  • Research Intern - Zoological Society of London

Visit the MSc Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

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