MSc course structure

The course is a one-year full-time programme, but part-time options over 2 and 3 years are available. 

The course consists of 20 weeks of taught modules (October to March), and includes two mini-projects in specimen-based phylogenetics and phylogenomics. This is followed by a Student Research Project (14 weeks, April to September). 

See the course structure in detail

The taught course consists of separate modules:

  • Taxonomy of major groups and the Tree-of-Life: An introduction of major branches of the Tree, including identification exercises.
  • Statistics and computing: A two-week intensive course at Silwood Park.
  • Field course: trapping and collecting techniques for terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
  • Phylogenetic reconstruction: The principles of building phylogenetic trees.
  • Molecular Systematics: generating and analysing molecular data; model-based phylogenetics.
  • Phylogenomics: Genomic techniques for studying evolutionary processes and biodiversity.
  • Biodiversity (Concepts): Speciation, radiation, macroevolution.
  • Biodiversity (Applied): Measuring biodiversity, geospatial analysis, collection management and biodiversity informatics.
  • Palaeobiology: Studying the fossil record and what we can learn for biodiversity.