MSc aims and objectives

Students on the MSc course are trained to a high level of competence in systematics and a detailed understanding of the various uses and problems involved.

Taxonomy and systematics provide the foundation for studying the great diversity of the living world. These fields are rapidly changing through new digital and molecular technologies. 

There is an ever greater need for species identification and monitoring in virtually all environmental sciences, and evolutionary ‘tree thinking’ is now applied widely in most areas of the life sciences. 

This course provides in-depth training in the study of biodiversity based on the principles of phylogenetics, evolutionary biology, palaeobiology and taxonomy. It emphasises quantitative approaches and current methods in DNA-based phylogenetics, bioinformatics, and the use of digital collections.

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