Course Director:
Prof. A.P. Vogler 

Course Administrator:

This is a one-year research-based postgraduate course, run jointly by Imperial College London and the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, a leading institute in systematics research, where the students will be based for much of their time.

The course provides students with a broad perspective of taxonomy and systematics, together with relevant practical experience. The course is aimed at students who wish to broaden their knowledge in this area before undertaking a PhD or embarking on a career in systematics research. The course runs alongside the MSc in Taxonomy and Biodiversity and students will attend key lectures of that course.  Students are fully integrated in research groups and attend lab meetings and research seminars.

The MRes Biosystematics is unique in that it comprises three consecutive 14-week research projects, which gives students the opportunity for ‘rotation’ through multiple research labs and types of projects.

While studies of the subject area are by hands-on research, wide coverage of the field is achieved by selection of one project each from three main areas, including: (a) specimen-based phylogenetics, (b) molecular systematics and genomics, and (c) ‘big-data’ bioinformatics and biodiversity informatics. The projects are selected from a list of eligible topics or are developed with the student's input. The very wide range of research interests of potential supervisors at Imperial and NHM ensures a broad choice of topics.

One of the projects will be based at Silwood Park.

 View full course details on the Imperial study website:

MRes in Biosystematics

More information

Course Structure

Core modules (compulsory)

Full details of Core modules can be found in the Handbook.

Specialist options

Full details of Specialist options can be found at the Natural History Museum webpages

Dissertations/projects (compulsory)

Full details of Dissertations/projects can be found at the Natural History Museum webpages

Students also have opportunities to attend professional skills training run by the Imperial College Graduate School: MasterClasses.

How to Apply

Visit the course page on the imperial study website for details on how to apply:

MRes in Biosystematics

You can also email the course adminsitrator, Mrs Jennifer Bennett.

If your first degree is from a country other than the UK, you may find the guidelines within our Country Index helpful. Please note that these guidelines indicate the College minimum.

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