Select your programme and preferred start date to begin your application.
Individual programme fees are linked above. For detailed information on fee status, policies, payment and funding opportunities see:
On acceptance of our unconditional offer a non-refundable deposit of £300 will be required, within one month, to ensure your place on the Programme.
This is not an additional cost, and will be refunded to you after you have made your fees payment in full.
Your place on the programme can only be guaranteed if you provide the deposit. Details for making a payment will be sent to you.
Students may incur additional costs when studying. For example this may be for field trips, course equipment, or specialist fees.
Research project bench fees of £1000, plus compulsory field course costs of £1000.
The understanding of plant diversity and resources has never been more important. As we face the unprecedented challenges of climate change and environmental degradation, effective environmental surveillance and conservation depend upon detailed knowledge of plants and their habitats.
The minimum entry requirement for applicants is a UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in biological or environmental science. Relevant work experience is desirable.
Demand for places on this programme is extremely high and places are allocated to suitably qualified persons on a first come first served basis. Therefore, it is recommended that you apply online as early as possible. If necessary, a closing date may be announced.
If you are applying for funding we encourage you to submit your programme application as early as possible, as in most cases you will need a programme offer before you can make your funding application. Most funding deadlines are no later than June.
All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.
Detailed advice for international students is available here:
This programme is run jointly by the University and the world-renowned Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).
The RBGE is home to one of the world’s best living collections of plants (15,000 species across four sites, amounting to five per cent of known world species), a herbarium of three million preserved specimens and one of the UK’s most comprehensive botanical libraries.
RBGE offers collections-based biodiversity research opportunities across a wide spectrum of organisms and geographical regions. This diversity, coupled with the RBGE’s world-leading research in different continents, provides an unrivalled masters programme in plant biodiversity.
This programme is full-time and consists of two semesters of lectures, practicals, workshops and investigations, followed by a four-month research project. The programme includes a two-week field course in a tropical country (recently Belize).
The programme is delivered mainly at RBGE but also at the University’s King’s Buildings campus. There are no optional elements to the programme – all courses are compulsory.
Your research project will be chosen in consultation with your supervisor, and will link directly with active research programmes at RBGE or other research institutions.
The field trip, together with training and a short practical exam, qualifies you for the RBGE Certificate in Practical Field Botany.
The programme is good preparation for roles in taxonomy, while many graduates have also continued to PhD studies. Past students have entered a wide variety of jobs at research institutions, conservation agencies and elsewhere.
The School of Biological Sciences offers a number of bursaries to overseas students joining taught masters programmes.
Please see Scholarships and Student Funding Services for other funding opportunities:
This article was published on Aug 21, 2013