Student Feedback

Read student feedback on some of the modules and courses and see where our students have ended up.

'Being at the Natural History Museum for a year has definitely increased my chances of future employment'

'A well-rounded course.'               '...excellent lecturers!'

  • Molecular phylogenetics:  'The practical was extremely well run and I feel that I learnt a lot which will be very useful in future - it is great to get an opportunity to practice these techniques which many of us had never done before.'
  • Palaeontology and stratigraphy:  'Great stuff!!'
    'A fascinating introduction to systematics.'
    'It definitely helped me get interviews.'
    'The course has a good reputation.'
  • Field course: 'I really enjoyed this'
  • Phylogenetic reconstruction:  '...a necessary evil, but I learned all that was needed for future use!'
    'A really good module and excellent lecturers'
  • Research project:  '...one of the highlights of the MSc year.  The choice of projects was very wide and I feel it is a very valuable part of the course!'
    'The project has been brilliant!'

Careers

Past students have gone on to a wide range of careers in academia and industry.

PhDs:
  • Systematics of Early Diapsids, Bristol University
  • Evolution and diversity of parasitic wasps, Imperial College, Silwood Park
  • Mammalian macroevolution and conservation, Imperial College, Silwood Park
  • Molecular systematics and evolution of dung beetles, the Natural History Museum
  • Molecular systematics and ecology of snails, the Natural History Museum
  • The implications of subspecific taxonomy for conservation policy, Institute of Zoology, Regent's Park
  • Molecular evolution and diversity of microsporidia, the Natural History Museum
  • Evolution of functional diversity in dung beetle communities, the Natural History Museum
  • Using phylogeny to infer functional and evolutionary factors responsible for diversification in weevils, the Natural History Museum
  • Molecular systematics of anopheline mosquitoes, vectors of malaria, the Natural History Museum
  • Behavioural ecology of fig wasps, Imperial College, Silwood Park
  • Tritrophic guilds of trees, leaf-miners and their parasitoids, Imperial College, Silwood Park
  • Systematics of caecilians, University of Glasgow
  • Phylogeography and Conservation Biology of Arid Zone Lizards, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Work:
  • Field worker sampling invertebrates with Frontier in Tanzania
  • Research Assistant writing identification key for Iphiaulax parasitic wasps, the Natural History Museum
  • Research Assistant writing identification key for Curriea parasitic wasps, Imperial College, Silwood Park
  • Assistant Research Coordinator in marine research project with Frontier in Madagascar
  • Assistant Entomologist on a three-year contract re-writing the 'Handbook of British Fleas', the Natural History Museum
  • Research Assistant working on post-Jurassic nautiloid evolution, the Natural History Museum and Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, USA
  • Sorting and identifying benthic samples for impact assessments for oil and gas companies for the Marine Biological Services Unit, the Natural History Museum
  • Part-time explainer for the Education Unit, developing projects for Earth Lab and Investigate Centre, the Natural History Museum
  • Education Officer working with visiting schools, Drusilla’s Zoo, Sussex
  • Part-time research assistant in mollusc section, the Natural History Museum
  • Commercial bioprospecting of insect venoms in Brazil
  • Freelance taxonomist in the Fern Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Research Assistant in Endocrinology, St Barts, Queen Mary and Westfield College
  • Researcher and Animal Handler, BBC Natural History Unit
  • Research Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF)
  • Product Development Assistant at crop research company, breeding beneficial insects
  • Freelance journalist for science magazine
  • Research Assistant doing SEMs of weevils and moths, the Natural History Museum
  • Involved in doing Environmental Impact Assessments for the marine environment at St. Ives in Cornwall
  • Digital Photographer working with E O Wilson at Harvard, preparing photographs of ants for his next book
  • Deep-sea Meiobenthologist, Southampton Oceanography Centre