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MSc by Research Entomology – University of Reading

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    Study the life of insects at master's level

MSc by Research Entomology

This course allows you to get close to the fascinating world of insects, learn how entomology is used internationally and launch a career in insect ecology.

This course is one of the only research master's in entomology in the UK. It will give you a theoretical and practical understanding of the way the human and insect worlds intersect, what issues affect us and how we use our knowledge to maintain biodiversity and improve our own lives.

Forensic acarology and entomology: sampling of mites and insects from a piglet carcassWhat you'll learn

In this course you will learn how entomology is studied and applied both here and around the world. You will find out what issues we face because of and in relation to insects. The course carried a very large component of research work to give you expertise in different methodologies. We also provide career development training to make the most of your new skills.

Sample modulesMRes Entomology Beetle

  • Introduction to insect identification

  • Advanced entomology

  • Quantitative methods

  • Entomology project

  • Integrated pest management

MRes Entomology MothHow you'll learn

This course focuses on practical skills and training, preparing you for a career in entomology. The majority of the course is undertaken in the lab or the field, with no written examinations. You will learn mostly in small classes of five to 20, where discussion and team work are easy to establish. This approach is both very engaging for the learner and gives you the experience that employers will require.

MRes Entomology WaspCareers

There is a significant need for entomologists in today's world. The agricultural sector needs help with pest control and consultancy, and organisations such as the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group often recruit newly qualified entomologists. Conservation and biodiversity agencies such as Natural England, museums and biodiversity recording centres employ entomologists to give professional advice and specialist practical work. The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and other similar organisations have research divisions which our graduates have gone on to. There are also many PhD opportunities for students with entomological expertise.

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Find out more about this course including entry requirements and costs.

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