Student facilities

The Museum offers scientific and library facilities, sports and leisure facilities, a welfare officer, employment opportunities, departmental seminars and training.

All students are issued with a Museum email account and photocopy PIN.

MSc/MRes Upper Bridge Room

Students in Masters programs have exclusive use of the Upper Bridge Room, located in the Earth Galleries of the Museum. The majority of lectures are given here.

The room also contains a number of Mac and PC computers, installed with the software needed throughout the courses, and reserved for the exclusive use of the MSc and MRes students. Adjacent to the Upper Bridge Room is a small library containing books and journal articles, a kitchenette and a toilet and shower room.


The Department of Information and Library Services (DILS) of the Museum is a reference library for the biological and earth sciences. 

The online catalogue contains all library material acquired since 1989 and about 80% of earlier items. The database includes records for selected articles within serials, as well as books, serial titles, manuscripts, drawings and other holdings. Library staff can help in locating items not yet included in the online catalogue.

A tour of the Museum's libraries will be given during the first week of the course. There are five libraries: Botany, Earth Sciences, Entomology, General and Zoology Library.

Sports and leisure

Clubs within the Museum include tennis, climbing, games, fencing, football, fitness, aerobics and many more.The Museum has an onsite gym and games room. First you must join the Civil Service Sports Council, then call the Museum's Sports and Social Club representative for the appropriate forms.

Staff Welfare

Members of staff and students should not hesitate in seeking early help or counseling on any personal difficulties. Any welfare matter is treated in the strictest confidence.

The Welfare Officer also has information about a wide range of organisations that can provide answers to all sorts of personal problems, such as health, financial matters, accommodation, convalescent homes, etc.

Departmental seminars

Each science department has a seminar programme which is available through the Museum Intranet.


Doctoral students will take part in two mandatory courses within the first month of registration.

  • Induction course: two day course aimed at providing new staff with a broad overview of the history, function, organization and future of the Museum, and health and safety. The course also covers staff welfare, information services, personnel, training, communications, sports and social association and the trade union.
  • Background course: one week full-time course aimed at familiarising the participant with all the departments within the Museum, including the outstation at Tring.