2020 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

Develop practical skills in the collection, preservation, setting, archiving, monitoring, imaging and dissecting of insects, led by our research entomologists who are among the best in the world. 

To cement your learning, you’ll have the opportunity to spend one week on a field course undertaking experiments on insect-pollinator systems as part of your course. Here you’ll design, plan and execute a field study on insect behaviour, analyse the data and communicate the results.

Whether you’re keen to explore and expand your passion for entomology, or you’d like to improve your existing knowledge and acquire new skills in entomological practice, this course is designed to suit all skill levels.

After your degree

With hands-on experience of the specialist entomological techniques, you’ll be ready to pursue careers in insect-related research, policy and science communication, collecting and archiving insects, or working within seeds, food, crop, agri-tech and pest control roles for commercial and government organisations. This course is also great preparation for a PhD.

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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

A 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent, in biological sciences or a related subject.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score 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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+44 114 222 0123

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