Taught by staff from academia and industry, our MSc Plant Diversity will deepen your understanding of the diversity of plants on earth and their conservation.
As part of an intimate, international group of students, you will gain considerable hands-on experience with plants on this course, so that your theoretical understanding is matched by practical skills, including plant identification.
The course has an excellent record of graduates going on to higher (research) degrees or employment in the sector, and features:
an individual research project.
Teaching takes place both within the University of Reading's Whiteknights campus, as well as on site visits to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; RHS Garden Wisley and nature reserves. The Whiteknights campus itself features species-rich meadows, ancient trees, woodland areas, a Herbarium, glasshouses and a Botanic Garden.
Class sizes vary from small groups of 10–15 students for modules unique to this master’s degree, to 25–35 students for modules shared with other courses. You will be taught by staff from academia and industry; our external staff have links to major botanical institutions such as:
the Royal Horticultural Society
RHS Garden Wisley
the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
the Natural History Museum
RSK Group Ltd (a major Environmental Consultancy).
Your individual research project can be carried out overseas, depending on your individual circumstances and requirements, and subject to consultation with teaching staff.
Research within the department focuses on taxonomy and systematics, vegetation survey and assessment, ecological consultancy projects.
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).
Entry requirements: You are normally required to have at least a 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in botany, biology or environmental science (or equivalent from a university outside the UK).
What will you study?
Diversity and identification of plants
Vegetation survey and assessment
Geographic information systems for wildlife managers
UK field courses
Plant diversity research project
Vegetation history and archaeobotany
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £9,210 per year
New international students: £19,820 per year
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in the 2019/20 academic year. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
All our master’s programmes emphasise the practical skills that employers need, whether that is the ability to identify plants, carry out environmental assessments or use the latest cutting-edge molecular techniques. As a University of Reading MSc graduate, you will be well equipped to work in the field or the lab, and in the private or public sector. Many of our graduates go on to study for a PhD and pursue a career in research either in industry or in universities.
Typical roles of graduates from our ecology and wildlife-based MSc programmes include conservation officers, project managers, field ecologists and environmental consultants. Graduates from our biomedical MSc programme typically go on to pursue PhD studies or work in the pharmaceutical industry.