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Harper Adams University: Entomology

Institution Harper Adams University View institution profile
Department Postgraduate
Telephone 01952 815000
Study type Taught


The course has a particular focus on conservation and agriculture. There is currently a shortage of expertise in this important topic, which is a key element in the effort to ensure global food security and the understanding of biodiversity. By successfully completing this course you will develop a range of abilities that will prepare for an interesting and fulfilling career in an area with considerable opportunities.

Insects and allied invertebrates comprise approximately 78% of the world’s macro-biodiversity, whereas vertebrates, even using the most generous estimates, make up less than 3%. Consequently, insects and their relatives play an important role in all of our ecosystems. They range from beneficial insects such as pollinators and natural enemies to essential parts of the decomposition cycle. Many insects are also important pests of agriculture, horticulture and forestry, compromising food security and causing significant economic losses. A number of insects are also pathogen vectors and pose a serious threat to human health. Although pest species generally receive the most attention, most insects are not pests. Many insects are rare or endangered and need to be managed for conservation. Other insects are used as model organisms for evolutionary and genetic studies.

The course aims to provide students with specialised training in entomology, conservation and pest management. Specifically, the course will:

  • Prepare students for a career in entomology and/or conservation

  • Offer vocational training in the area of applied entomology or insect conservation

  • Prepare students for PhD studies

The course is intended to provide students with a detailed, yet balanced, understanding of both basic and applied entomology and the issues associated insect ecology and conservation as well as pest management. An extensive programme of agri-environment research and long-standing national and international collaborations with research institutes, universities and other research organisations underpin this course.

A distinctive and integral feature of our MSc is the high degree of input from entomologists and ecologists in collaborating governmental and non-governmental organizations. This participation takes a variety of forms, including guest lectures, field visits and specific training courses, but may also include providing research projects in their organizations.

Examples of collaborating organizations include The Natural History Museum London, CEH Wallingford, Butterfly Conservation, Bug Life, Horticultural Development Company, Rothamsted Research, and Forest Research.


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As the population grows, so do our demands on the planet. Managing our natural resources has never been so important. Since it was founded in 1901, Harper has been meeting this challenge.

Set on a 494 hectare farm, Harper Adams is the UK’s leading specialist university tackling the future development of the world’s food production, animal sciences, engineering, land management and sustainable business. Programmes fall into 11 broad subject areas – but none operate in isolation. Community and collaboration are key at Harper Adams, meaning everyone, including staff, students and industry partners, benefits from a close network of knowledge and …

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