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Higher Education courses

Kew works in partnership with universities and other scientific institutions across the UK to offer a programme of seminars, workshops and research opportunities for students in higher education.

Courses and training opportunities

MSc Course Students at Kew

Kew acts in partnership with various universities and other scientific institutions to organise a number of plant diversity and conservation MSc courses. As well as providing taught modules, Kew also offers research opportunities for students on these courses, enabling them to work alongside Kew’s specialist staff and contribute to ongoing projects.

A new Masters course based at Kew, will teach vital plant and fungal identification skills in the context of evolutionary biology and conservation theory and practice. It includes a field course in Madagascar and a six-month research project.

A scientist at work at the Millennium Seed Bank

Postgraduate researchers have access to Kew’s world-renowned collections of living and preserved plant materials and its botanical library and illustrations, as well as to the excellent laboratory facilities.

A student sits in front of the computer to map coffee species in Africa

To provide practical work experience for undergraduates, Kew offers a series of sandwich student placements, either working in its science teams or as part of the Information Technology department.

Photo of a teacher taking a class of students

Kew staff organise study visits for undergraduate and postgraduate students, whose studies relate to the work of the science teams or to the behind the scenes plant collections.

Inside Kew's Palm House

The diverse collections held at Kew and Wakehurst Place, including living plants, dried plant specimens, seed collections and library archives, provide an excellent learning resource for undergraduates in many different science, technology and arts disciplines.