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Systematics Training


The Museum is a world leader in the education and training of scientists studying systematics. Students and researchers from around the globe come to the Museum to learn from us and to gain access to our collections and facilities.

We supervised 142 PhD students during the year in collaboration with our university partners, while 24 postgraduate students completed the successful MSc course that we run in collaboration with Imperial College – Advanced Methods in Taxonomy and Biodiversity. The academic quality of this course can be demonstrated by the fact it attracts four Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) studentship awards each year. From October 2002 we are offering a new course, also in conjunction with Imperial College – an MRes in Biosystematics
(www.nhm.ac.uk/science/rco/postgrad/msc/index.htm).

The quality of our training is reflected in the substantial EU funding we received this year, for example through the Improving Human Potential Programme. Against strong competition, we have been awarded contracts to establish two Marie Curie training sites at the Museum. ACCORD (Analytical and Computational Centre for Ore Research) and METEOR, which offers training in meteoritics and cosmochemistry, will make it possible for European PhD students to train and undertake research at a centre of excellence away from their home university. In addition, we have many post-doctoral students who started at the Museum this year, including five from across Europe studying on one- and two-year Marie Curie Fellowships.
 
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