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.