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University of Reading

Species Identification and Survey Skills

* This programme currently has a 100% employment rate in the ecology and ecological consultancy sectors

* The only UK programme to have over half of its credits overseen by consultants

* Designed in partnership with RSK Group to provide the skills and knowledge demanded by consultants

* Focuses on hands-on and field-based training with no written examinations

* Six-month placement opportunity (with bursary) with an ecological consultant

**Biological Sciences at Reading**

Learn from enthusiastic and friendly academics with a real passion for their subject. You will be able to draw on their experience, gained from years of teaching and research in both biomedical and evolutionary biology/ecology.

We emphasise cross-disciplinary and quantitative approaches to research. Our interests span the broad scope of modern biology, from individual molecules to global biodiversity and sustainability.

As a student in our School, you will benefit from access to our outstanding research and teaching facilities. These include the Cole Museum of Zoology and the Herbarium, which contain over 4,000 zoological specimens and around 300,000 plant specimens.

Additionally, we have a range of modern, well-equipped laboratories. These include automated DNA sequencers and real-time PCR machines for molecular work; a state-of-the-art imaging suite with confocal and super-resolution microscopes; dedicated microbiology laboratories for the study of bacteria and viruses; excellent computing facilities for computer-intensive work in phylogenetics, bioinformatics, protein structure, evolution and population biology; and controlled environment suites for the study of invertebrates and plants.

Entry requirements

MSc: You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (2:1) or above (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in an appropriate subject, but each application will be considered individually.
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent)].

Course modules

MSc: * Vegetation survey and assessment

* Invertebrate survey and assessment

* Vertebrate survey and management

* Professional skills

* Field trips
MSc: * Vegetation survey and assessment

* Vertebrate survey and assessment

* Invertebrate survey and assessment

* Professional skills

* Field trips


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 19,350 (Whole course) International 12 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2018 9,000 (Whole course) Home/EU 12 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 19,820 (Whole course) International 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,210 (Whole course) Home/EU 12 Months

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