The RBGE is home to one of the world’s best living collections of plants (15,000 species across four sites, amounting to five per cent of known world species), a herbarium of three million preserved specimens and one of the UK’s most comprehensive botanical libraries.
RBGE offers collections-based biodiversity research opportunities across a wide spectrum of organisms and geographical regions. This diversity, coupled with the RBGE’s world-leading research, provides an unrivalled masters programme in plant biodiversity.
The programme is good preparation for roles in taxonomy, while many graduates have also continued to PhD studies. Past students have entered a wide variety of jobs at research institutions, conservation agencies and elsewhere.
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- This programme is full time and consists of two semesters of lectures, workshops and investigations, followed by a four-month research project.
- The programme can also be taken on a part-time basis over two years. Part-time students can opt either to take 60 credits of taught courses in the first year of study, followed by the remaining 60 credits of taught courses and the four-month research project in the second year of study, or all taught courses in the first year followed by the four-month research project in the second year of study.
- The programme is delivered mainly at RBGE but also at the University’s King’s Buildings campus.
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- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
Demand for places on this programme is extremely high and places are allocated to suitably qualified applicants on a first-come first-served basis. If you are applying for funding we encourage you to submit your programme application as early as possible because, in most cases, you will need a programme offer before you can make your funding application. Most funding deadlines are no later than June.
DisciplinesBiodiversity & Conservation Ecology View 92 other Masters in Ecology in United Kingdom
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- A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in biological, horticultural, or environmental science.
- Relevant work experience is desirable (for example, any prior activities that would prepare you for the programme, such as: attending workshops or short courses, collecting trips, plant-related previous jobs, publication of papers etc).
- Other degrees will be considered on an individual basis, provided that a keen interest in plants can be demonstrated.
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International35900 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 35900 GBP per year during 12 months.
National18100 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 18100 GBP per year during 12 months.
- Fees are only for the full-time option.
Living costs for Edinburgh
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
- School of Biological Sciences Taught Postgraduate Bursaries
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.