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Full Time Masters Degrees in Biological Sciences, Reading, United Kingdom

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University of Reading School of Biological Sciences
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Provides you with broad research training to prepare for PhD studies or a career in biomedical research. Gain hands-on training in advanced techniques such as confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, cloning, in situ hybridisation and bioinformatics. Read more
  • Provides you with broad research training to prepare for PhD studies or a career in biomedical research
  • Gain hands-on training in advanced techniques such as confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, cloning, in situ hybridisation and bioinformatics
  • Choose a research project from areas such as cancer biology, cardiovascular disease, stem cells and regenerative biology, microbiology and genetics

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Research techniques and experimental design
  • Research planning and project management
  • Advanced topics in biomedicine
  • Research project

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

All our master’s programmes emphasise the practical skills that employers need, whether that is the ability to identify plants, carry out environmental assessments or use the latest cutting-edge molecular techniques. As a University of Reading MSc graduate, you will be well equipped to work in the field or the lab, and in the private or public sector. Many of our graduates go on to study for a PhD and pursue a career in research either in industry or in universities.

Typical roles of graduates from our ecology and wildlife-based MSc programmes include conservation officers, project managers, field ecologists and environmental consultants. Graduates from our biomedical MSc programme typically go on to pursue PhD studies or work in the pharmaceutical industry.



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University of Reading School of Biological Sciences
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Provides you with a broad overview of the molecular and cellular causes and treatments of human diseases. Develop a practical and theoretical understanding of the most important topics in molecular medicine. Read more
  • Provides you with a broad overview of the molecular and cellular causes and treatments of human diseases
  • Develop a practical and theoretical understanding of the most important topics in molecular medicine
  • Gain hands-on training in research techniques such as confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, cloning, in situ hybridisation and bioinformatics
  • Learn to apply your skills to industry-relevant challenges

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Research techniques and experimental design
  • Advanced topics in biomedicine
  • Biology of cancer
  • Synthetic biology
  • Regenerative medicine

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

All our master’s programmes emphasise the practical skills that employers need, whether that is the ability to identify plants, carry out environmental assessments or use the latest cutting-edge molecular techniques. As a University of Reading MSc graduate, you will be well equipped to work in the field or the lab, and in the private or public sector. Many of our graduates go on to study for a PhD and pursue a career in research either in industry or in universities.

Typical roles of graduates from our ecology and wildlife-based MSc programmes include conservation officers, project managers, field ecologists and environmental consultants. Graduates from our biomedical MSc programme typically go on to pursue PhD studies or work in the pharmaceutical industry.



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University of Reading School of Biological Sciences
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Designed to deepen your understanding of the diversity of plants and their conservation. Taught by staff from academia and industry. Read more
  • Designed to deepen your understanding of the diversity of plants and their conservation
  • Taught by staff from academia and industry
  • Emphasises hands-on experience with plants, so theoretical understanding is matched by practical skills including plant identification
  • Excellent record of graduates going on to higher (research) degrees or employment in the sector

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Diversity and identification of plants
  • Vegetation survey and assessment
  • Global biodiversity and conservation
  • Critical discussion
  • Molecular systematics

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

All our master’s programmes emphasise the practical skills that employers need, whether that is the ability to identify plants, carry out environmental assessments or use the latest cutting-edge molecular techniques. As a University of Reading MSc graduate, you will be well equipped to work in the field or the lab, and in the private or public sector. Many of our graduates go on to study for a PhD and pursue a career in research either in industry or in universities. 

Typical roles of graduates from our ecology and wildlife-based MSc programmes include conservation officers, project managers, field ecologists and environmental consultants. Graduates from our biomedical MSc programme typically go on to pursue PhD studies or work in the pharmaceutical industry.



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University of Reading School of Biological Sciences
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Prepare for employment in the competitive wildlife conservation sector. Emphasis is placed on CV development. Relevant extracurricular activities help you to hone the skills and qualities desired by employers. Read more
  • Prepare for employment in the competitive wildlife conservation sector
  • Emphasis is placed on CV development
  • Relevant extracurricular activities help you to hone the skills and qualities desired by employers
  • Less than 50% of the contact hours are spent in a lecture room

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Species and habitat conservation
  • Mammal conservation
  • Management of vertebrates for conservation
  • Conservation genetics
  • Field trips

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

All our master’s programmes emphasise the practical skills that employers need, whether that is the ability to identify plants, carry out environmental assessments or use the latest cutting-edge molecular techniques. As a University of Reading MSc graduate, you will be well equipped to work in the field or the lab, and in the private or public sector. Many of our graduates go on to study for a PhD and pursue a career in research either in industry or in universities.

Typical roles of graduates from our ecology and wildlife-based MSc programmes include conservation officers, project managers, field ecologists and environmental consultants. Graduates from our biomedical MSc programme typically go on to pursue PhD studies or work in the pharmaceutical industry.



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University of Reading School of Biological Sciences
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This programme currently has a 100% employment rate in the ecology and ecological consultancy sectors. The only UK programme to have over half of its modules overseen by consultants. Read more
  • This programme currently has a 100% employment rate in the ecology and ecological consultancy sectors
  • The only UK programme to have over half of its modules overseen by consultants
  • Designed in partnership with RSK Group consultancy to provide the skills and knowledge demanded by consultants
  • Focuses on hands-on and field-based training
  • Offers the opportunity for a six-month placement (with bursary) with an ecological consultant

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Vegetation survey and assessment
  • Invertebrate survey and assessment
  • Vertebrate survey and assessment
  • Professional skills
  • Field trips

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

All our master’s programmes emphasise the practical skills that employers need, whether that is the ability to identify plants, carry out environmental assessments or use the latest cutting-edge molecular techniques. As a University of Reading MSc graduate, you will be well equipped to work in the field or the lab, and in the private or public sector. Many of our graduates go on to study for a PhD and pursue a career in research either in industry or in universities.

Typical roles of graduates from our ecology and wildlife-based MSc programmes include conservation officers, project managers, field ecologists and environmental consultants. Graduates from our biomedical MSc programme typically go on to pursue PhD studies or work in the pharmaceutical industry.



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University of Reading School of Biological Sciences
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Prepares graduates from appropriate disciplines (biological, agricultural, or environmental sciences) for employment in a variety of careers – including insect ecology, conservation or control – or to continue on to PhD. Read more
  • Prepares graduates from appropriate disciplines (biological, agricultural, or environmental sciences) for employment in a variety of careers – including insect ecology, conservation or control – or to continue on to PhD.
  • Through theoretical and practical experiences you’ll learn how applied entomology is carried out both in the UK and overseas, as well as the essential principles of research design in applied entomology.
  • You’ll gain competence in a range of research methods for data collection, and detailed expertise in a subset relevant to your own research interests.
  • You’ll develop expertise in data management and analysis, as well as the issues affecting data interpretation, and an understanding of the legal and ethical issues in the conduct and dissemination of a research programme.
  • You’ll learn the written and oral skills required for communicating research output on wildlife conservation issues, and gain an awareness of the issues facing those pursuing a career in insect ecology, conservation or control.
  • 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.

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Insect Biology, Diversity and Evolution
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Introduction to Insect Identification
  • Advanced Entomology
  • Insect Population Biology
  • Extended entomology research project

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

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.



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University of Reading School of Biological Sciences
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One of the only research master’s programmes in entomology in the UK, this course prepares graduates from appropriate disciplines (biological, agricultural, or environmental sciences) for employment in a variety of careers in insect ecology, or to continue on to PhD. Read more
  • One of the only research master’s programmes in entomology in the UK, this course prepares graduates from appropriate disciplines (biological, agricultural, or environmental sciences) for employment in a variety of careers in insect ecology, or to continue on to PhD. This programme is aimed at students who are 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.
  • You’ll develop expertise in data management and analysis, as well as the issues affecting data interpretation, and an understanding of the legal and ethical issues in the conduct and dissemination of a research programme.
  • You’ll 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.

What will you study?

  • Quantitative Methods
  • Introduction to Entomology
  • Advanced Entomology
  • Field trips
  • Entomology project

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

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. 



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University of Reading School of Pharmacy
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Essential programme for an exciting new career as a healthcare professional . Training given in the medical model . Suitable for life science graduates or those with significant healthcare experience . Read more
  • Essential programme for an exciting new career as a healthcare professional 
  • Training given in the medical model 
  • Suitable for life science graduates or those with significant healthcare experience 
  • Curriculum content delivered in close partnership with practising clinicians 
  • Strong emphasis on workplace-based learning in NHS Primary and Secondary Care environments

What will you study?

Year 1

There is one compulsory module which covers all aspects of the PA competence and curriculum framework 

Year 2

Your second year will comprise skills reinforcement and on a wide variety of different placements broadening your skills and knowledge to take on this important and challenging role in the NHS. 

What career can you have?

A Physician Associate (PA) is a healthcare professional trained in the medical model who works as a member of a medical team under the supervision of a doctor or surgeon in a wide variety of workplaces (including GP practices, community health services and all types of hospital care). PAs support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients and are trained to perform a number of roles including:

  • taking medical histories
  • performing examinations
  • diagnosing illnesses
  • analysing test results
  • developing management plans

The PA role is flexible and is being developed across the NHS to meet major staffing strategies. A lack of trained PAs in the UK means that career prospects for graduates are excellent. The predicted growth of the PA role across the NHS to fill an important resource gap indicates strong continued employment prospects for graduates.



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University of Reading School of Pharmacy
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An established global reputation for research in neuroscience disciplines including neurodegeneration, models of CNS disease, electrophysiology, regenerative medicine and stem-cell biology, behavioural neuroscience, cell-based assay, microscopy, molecular biology, cell culture and immunohistology. Read more
  • An established global reputation for research in neuroscience disciplines including neurodegeneration, models of CNS disease, electrophysiology, regenerative medicine and stem-cell biology, behavioural neuroscience, cell-based assay, microscopy, molecular biology, cell culture and immunohistology
  • Fantastic research facilities, including the £4 million Chemical Analysis Facility
  • Strong links with industry
  • Training provided in a wide range of experimental techniques

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Research methods
  • Advanced topics in pharmacy research
  • Research project

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Reading School of Pharmacy has excellent links with industry, from the big pharma to small and medium-sized enterprises. Many of our graduates go on to work in industry and as researchers at NHS organisations.



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This course will prepare you for a research career in the agricultural and agri-environment sectors or for subsequent doctoral studies in agroecology and environmental sciences. Read more

This course will prepare you for a research career in the agricultural and agri-environment sectors or for subsequent doctoral studies in agroecology and environmental sciences.

It is taught by researchers from the Centre for Agri-Environmental Research (CAER), one of the leading centres for agroecology research worldwide and highly respected by employers in the sector.

You will develop a multi-disciplinary appreciation of the underlying environmental, social and economic issues surrounding contemporary agricultural systems. You will also gain a rigorous training in research methods and statistical analyses commonly used in agriculture, ecology and environmental science.

You will then join one of the University’s thriving research teams to conduct a 30-week research project supervised closely by experts in the field. This will provide you with the necessary independent research skills to pursue a career in the sector.

What will you study?

  • Research Methods for Agriculture, Ecology and Environment
  • Research Project in Agriculture, Ecology and Environment
  • Issues in Agriculture, Ecology and Environment

What career can you have?

Our programmes are excellent preparation for careers in international and rural development, agricultural economics, and marketing within the food chain and policy. Some 96% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating.

Engagement with a wide variety of visiting speakers and field trips provides many opportunities for networking. In addition, competitive internships and placements, and research dissertations are an opportunity to showcase your skills, undertake overseas field research or link with organisations in the development sector. For examples of organisations our graduates go on to, please visit: http://www.reading.ac.uk/giidae" target="_blank">http://www.reading.ac.uk/giidae



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