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MSc partnerships

Kew is linked 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.
MSc Course Students at Kew

MSc in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation

In partnership with Queen Mary, University of London, Kew has launched a joint MSc course in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation, which is now in its second year.

With only a small percentage of the planet’s diversity formally described by science, it is more important than ever to train a new generation of taxonomists who will go on to describe, understand and conserve biodiversity. This course delivers vital plant and fungal identification skills in combination with a thorough grounding in molecular systematics, evolutionary biology, and conservation policy, theory and practice.

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MSc in Conservation Science

Imperial College, with the Institute of Zoology of the Zoological Society of London and Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

The MSc in Conservation Science has been designed to provide the professional conservation skills needed for the collection and analysis of biological and socio-economic data and for the implementation of successful conservation projects. Students spend one week at Kew, for part of the Case Studies in Conservation module. There are also opportunities for students to carry out their dissertation research in association with the Kew science teams.

MSc in Ethnobotany

University of Kent, with Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology

This one-year course considers the interrelationship between people and plants, looking at the impact of plants on human culture and practices, and at human use and modification of plants. Among other subject areas, it focuses on anthropology, botany, natural resource management and environmental history. During the course, students visit Kew regularly for a series of seminars on plant resources and have the opportunity to undertake dissertations linked to Kew’s research interests.

Further information about Masters partnerships

For more about Kew's links with these university courses, please contact the Kew Science Education team at