M.Sc. Ethnobotany, United kingdom 2019

University of Kent

Study in:United Kingdom
12 days
Deadline: 31 July 2019


Ethnobotany is the study of the interrelationship between people and plants, historically and cross-culturally, particularly the role of plants in human culture and practices, how humans have used and modified plants, and how they represent them in their systems of knowledge.

Students will receive practical training in mixed methods and learn to conduct interdisciplinary research in Ethnobotany, in preparation for doctoral research or a career in related fields.

The Ethnobotany program offered by the University of Kent is partnered with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, Botanical Gardens Conservation International, The Eden Project and The UCL School of Pharmacy.

Why study with us?

  • One-year Master’s program – excellent preparation for doctoral research and careers in a variety of botanical and environmental fields.
  • First program of its kind in the world and only graduate course in UK and Europe.
  • Study with the largest research group for Ethnobotany in Europe.
  • More than 25% of our graduates complete PhD programmes, with significant career prospects (read more about our alumni).
  • Integrates field methods with theoretical perspectives; our students are conducting research in almost 40 countries.
  • Partnered with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UCL’s School of Pharmacy, and The Eden Project.
  • Field trips to the ancient woodlands of Blean, The National Fruit Collection, Bedgebury Pinetum, Canterbury Catherdral Archives, The Millennium Seed-bank and the Eden Project.


‘My Msc in Ethnobotany was the most stimulating, fascinating and challenging year of my working life.’ (Liz Gladin – Ethnobotany MSc)

Since 1998 we have trained nearly 150 students through our MSc Programme. More than 25% of these have moved on to undertake research degrees in some area of ethnobotany (e.g. Kent, Oxford, Sussex, Vienna, Florida, Tulane, British Columbia, McGill), or have taken-up positions which utilize their training and knowledge, for example in NGOs such as the Global Diversity Foundation, at the Harvard Museum of Economic Botany, conservation education, at various Botanical Gardens around the world (e.g., Kew, Edinburgh, New York, Auckland, Beirut), at the United Nations Environment Programme, and in the pharmaceutical industry. Some have gone on to work in universities or start their own organizations and businesses.

As a School recognised for its excellence in research we are one of the partners in the South East Doctoral Training Centre, which is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). This relationship ensures that successful completion of our courses is sufficient preparation for research in the various fields of social anthropology. Many of our students go on to do PhD research. Others use their Master’s qualification in employment ranging from research in government departments to teaching to consultancy work overseas.

Program Structure

Courses include:

  • Holism, Health and Healing
  • Botanical Foundations of Ethnobotany
  • Anthropological Research Methods
  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Ethnobiological Knowledge Systems
  • Contemporary Issues in Ethnobotany and Environmental Anthropology



The University of Kent has a scholarship fund of over £11 million to support our taught and research students including funding from the UK Research Councils, subject and location-specific scholarships, philanthropic awards and discounts and scholarships for Kent alumni.


Eligible students can borrow up to £10,609.

Detailed Program Facts

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