2019 start

Practical Entomology

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, Faculty of Science

If you have a strong interest in biology, and a passion for creating and refining our knowledge about the living world, then a masters degree is excellent preparation for a career in research or industry.
Animal and Plant Sciences student in lab

Course description

Entomology is increasingly at the forefront of addressing global challenges such as food security and disease transmission. Through training, led by our world-leading research entomologists, you’ll develop the practical skills needed to be an effective scientist working with insects.

The course focuses on equipping you with in-depth and hands-on experience of the specialist entomological techniques and practices that underpin the study of insects. These include collection, preservation, setting, archiving, monitoring, imaging and dissecting.

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Core modules

  • Taxonomy and Archiving
  • Husbandry
  • Anatomy and Imaging
  • Field Course
  • Scientific Skills and Project Management
  • Individual Research Project


  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Field course
  • Individual research


  • Essays
  • Portfolio work
  • Practical work
  • Research project
  • Presentation


1 year full-time

Entry requirements

At least a 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent, in biological sciences or another relevant science subject.

Applicants with professional experience may also be considered following interview.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.