In partnership with Queen Mary, University of London, Kew has launched a joint MSc course in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation.
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 will deliver vital plant and fungal identification skills in combination with a thorough grounding in molecular systematics, evolutionary biology, and conservation policy, theory and practice.
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 two weeks at Kew, for part of the Case Studies in Conservation module and for a project week, when they develop group presentations on research topics related to Kew's ongoing scientific projects. There are also opportunities for students to carry out their dissertation research in association with the Kew science teams.
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.
University of Reading, with the Natural History Museum
The MSc in Plant Diversity addresses the broad area of plant biodiversity and systematics. Students can specialise in taxonomy and evolution, biodiversity and conservation or vegetation survey and assessment. Kew staff contribute to the module on the diversity and identification of plants through seminars based in the Herbarium at Kew.
For more about Kew's links with these university courses, please contact the capacity building coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.