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Training the Next Generation of Plant and Fungal Scientists

Kew’s exciting new MSc course in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation will train the next generation of scientists, combining specialist teaching in collections-based science with a field trip to Madagascar, a biodiversity hotspot.

As one of the foremost plant and fungal research institutes in the world, Kew has a responsibility to pass on its knowledge, skills and expertise to the next generation of plant and fungal scientists, both in the UK and globally, and to encourage and inspire questioning minds to delve further into pure and applied biodiversity science. This will be achieved through developing and updating our portfolio of short courses, continuing to host PhD students, and delivering our new MSc course in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation in conjunction with Queen Mary University of London. 

The new MSc will begin in 2015, and will directly address the skills gap in taxonomy and systematics identified by the Natural Environmental Research Council and Living with Environmental Change in their 2012 report Most Wanted II. Postgraduate and Professional Skills Needs in the Environment Sector. The programme will equip students with the knowledge and skills to undertake research in the fields of taxonomy, molecular systematics, ecology and evolution, or to engage in more applied conservation work. We will train a new generation of taxonomists in cross-disciplinary skills with many applications in academia, government, industry, consultancy and non-governmental organisations.