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MSc by Research Entomology – University of Reading

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  • Insect life

    Study the life of insects at master's level

MSc by Research Entomology

Programme Director: Dr Graham Holloway (

MRes Entomology WaspGain expertise about the world of insects, from identification to insect-related issues facing society.

Working wholly in the field and the lab, you will learn important identification, preparation (pinning, carding etc), and quantitative methods. We partner with several industry-leading organisations and professional individuals making the course an excellent route into a career in entomology.

This course allows you to immerse yourself in all aspects of entomology. Insects are great! Learn about them with us and launch your career in entomology.

This course is one of the only research master's programme in entomology in the UK. It will give you a practical understanding of the scientific study of insects, of the way the humans and insects intersect, what issues affect us, and how we can use knowledge to study and maintain insect biodiversity.

What you'll learn

Forensic acarology and entomology: sampling of mites and insects from a piglet carcassIn this course you will study insects, it is as simple as that. You will learn everything required to carry out scientific entomological study, develop broad expertise in entomology as well as studying some areas in depth through the research projects, and enhance your CV for employment including scientific publication. The course carries a very large component of research work to give you expertise in different field and lab methodologies. We also provide career development training maximizing the use of your new skills.

Course modulesMRes Entomology Beetle


How you'll learn

MRes Entomology MothThis course is wholly practical, as entomology should be, with learning only in the field or laboratory. Everything we do focusses on entomology, no modules are shared with other courses or students, with career development in entomology a priority. There are no written examinations. We only deliver learning in small groups and only to entomologists, so discussion and teamwork is easy and rewarding. This approach is very engaging and relaxing for the learner providing the experience employers require.



MRes Entomology WaspThere is a significant need for entomologists in today's world, but rather few well-trained entomologists to fulfil that need. There are many careers that you could follow with an MSc by Research in Entomology, but rather than what might happen, here is the list of careers that all graduates so far have gone onto: working on a nature reserve in Singapore, a private entomology consultant, at Montana State University Museum, an entomologist at Exeter University, working for Bionema, a teaching associate in Saudi, a freshwater entomologist with EA, agricultural entomologists overseas (x2), PhD students (x3), unknown (x2 but just graduated). The employment rate is excellent, and this is largely due to the entomological expertise students have at graduation.


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