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A beautiful learning environment

Use our campus as your laboratory – our award-winning Whiteknights campus is a rich, biodiverse environment for entomologists and ecologists, with more than 130 hectares of woodlands, lakes, gardens and meadows.

You’ll also have access to the University’s Herbarium, the Cole Museum of Zoology, which houses several significant, donated insect collections, and our new £60m Health and Life Sciences building.

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Learn from our experts

Our MSc by Research Entomology course is delivered by several expert in-house entomologists. In addition, nationally recognised external experts visit the University to deliver material.

Visitors from the National Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and private consultants have previously spoken to students on a wide range of specialist topics.

Our MSc Ecological Survey Skills with Placement course (formally MSc Species Identification and Survey Skills) has been devised, developed and taught by University staff and ecological consultants from Aspect Ecology.

Close links with industry

We have many well-established links with: 

  • Natural England
  • The National Trust
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
  • The Natural History Museum
  • The Royal Horticultural Society 
  • RSPB
  • Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
  • Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
  • Marine Conservation Society
  • The Wildlife Trusts
  • The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology 
  • Butterfly Conservation
  • British Museum of Natural History
  • Oxford Museum of Natural History
  • Royal Entomological Society.

Access our collections and samples

As well as our Cole Museum of Zoology, which holds four entomological collections, we have many excellent collections close by. The British Entomological and Natural History Society insect collection is just 5km down the road at Dinton Pastures. Furthermore, our module leaders have large private collections that are used to facilitate study.

In our Ecological Survey Skills course, you will have the opportunity to learn through both hands-on practical work and academic teaching. You will learn to recognise plant and animal species and vegetation types. Field trips are supplemented by work on the award-winning green Whiteknights campus.

Enhance your career

Our master’s courses are geared towards preparing you for your future career. We ensure you have the expertise employers are looking for by the time you graduate. As such, the employment rate from our course is excellent.

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Our courses

Take your expertise to a higher level and stand out to employers in the field. Explore Master’s programmes; MSc by Research Entomology and MSc Ecological Survey Skills with Placement (formally MSc Species Identification and Survey Skills)


Students carrying out fieldwork by Whiteknights lake

How you'll study

Our master's courses are extremely practical, with hands-on learning out in the field. The courses are focused towards preparing you for your future career.
Three students carrying out field work in a meadow

Life in the Department

Join a vibrant and welcoming department situated on an award-winning campus. 
Athena SWAN Silver Award