MSc Biodiversity and Conservation, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew & Queen Mary University of London
Institution(s): Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew & Queen Mary University of London
Contact e-mail: KewMSc@kew.org
Course duration: 12 months
Course start date (2022): 19/09/2022
Number of students admitted to course per annum and number/proportion studying plant health or crop science: Expected 20 per year (new course for 2021-22)
Application deadline(s): (please also note any deadline for applications for funding if different from the deadline for course entry): 31st August 2022
Type of funding available: Various bursaries and scholarships are available through Queen Mary University of London: https://www.qmul.ac.uk/scholarships/database/
Course description: A key global challenge is to maintain and enhance biodiversity in the face of unprecedented pressure from growing human populations, climate change, intense farming and increased industrialisation. The need to maintain and indeed enhance biodiversity has never been more important. This programme examines the evolution and ecology of plants and animals, and reveals how to conserve biodiversity through finding solutions for the management of the natural world. Whilst studying the degree, you will: Experience a unique hands-on course through applied lab, computer and field-based approaches. Be integrated into active research teams studying biodiversity at QMUL, Kew and beyond. Take a fieldwork module in a biodiversity hotspot. Choose one of two unique streams; Ecology, Evolution and Conservation or Conservation and Restoration depending on your interests. Develop the skills and experience that employers and PhD supervisors need.
Potential Supervisors: See: https://www.kew.org/science/our-science/people for Kew Science staff who may supervise a project Specific examples include: Prof. Andrew Leitch, Professor in Plant Genetics, QMUL Prof Richard J A Buggs, Senior Research Leader, RBG Kew Dr Laura Kelly, Research Leader, RBG Kew
Examples of career paths followed by graduates from this course: Graduates will be well equipped for careers in: Environmental NGOs Government bodies Ecological consultancies Conservation charities Botanic gardens Independent research organisations and universities.