MSc course structure

The MSc course comprises ten modules including a field course, spread over two 11-week terms, followed by a four month research project.


A number of modules include practical sessions, which may involve molecular work, taxonomic work using Museum specimens, or they may be computer-based. Some of these practical sessions are carried out in the Imperial College London laboratories based in the Department of Life Sciences.

MSc research projects

Find out about potential research projects for the MSc Taxonomy and Biodiversity course.


The overall mark is calculated as follows:

  • Assessments    20%
    • 5 assessments i.e. practical write-ups or essays
    • 2 oral presentations
  • Examinations    40%
    • 2 papers, each 3 hours
  • Project               40%
    • Presented as a thesis or scientific paper

Find out about the course modules below.