Course structure: Palaeontology and Evolution

Detailed information about each unit listed below can be searched for in the Unit and Programme catalogue.  Please note that the list is up to date, at the time of publishing, for students commencing the programmes in 2018/19 but as programme structures are reviewed regularly the units offered in subsequent years of study may be subject to change.

First year

  • EASC10001 Geology 1
  • EASC10006 Physics and Chemistry for Earth Scientists
  • EASC10007 Computing for Earth Scientists
  • EASC10008 Introduction to Field Skills in Earth Sciences
  • BIOL11000 Biology 1A: Diversity of Life

Second year

  • EASC20007 Sedimentology
  • EASC20024 Geobiology
  • EASC20026 Mesozoic stratigraphy and palaeontology fieldwork
  • EASC20029 Introduction to Field Mapping
  • EASC20044 Palaeobiology
  • EASC20045 Mapping, Tectonics and Remote Sensing
  • BIOL20001 Quantitative Methods in Biology
  • BIOL20012 Ecology
  • BIOL20018 Computational Methods in Biology
  • BIOL20204 Insect Biology
  • BIOL20212 Evolutionary Biology

Third year

  • EASC30008 Evolution of the Biosphere
  • EASC30048 Palaeobiology Analytical Project
  • EASC30052 The Cambrian Explosion - the origin of animal body plans
  • EASC30058 Climates and Ecosystems
  • BIOL30004 Tree of Life
  • A choice of units from options including:
    • EASC30017 Oceanography
    • EASC30024 Petroleum Sedimentology
    • EASC30051 Geomicrobiology
    • BIOL30007 Plant Evolution, Development and Diversity
    • BIOL30011 Oceans
    • BIOL31132 Sensory Ecology
    • BIOL31136 Evolutionary Ecology

Fourth year (MSci)

  • EASCM0001 Current Controversies in Palaeobiology and Macroevolution
  • EASCM0010 Earth Science Research Project
  • EASCM0035 Phylogenetic Methods in Palaeobiology
  • A choice of units from options including:
    • EASCM0024 Biomechanics and Functional Morphology
    • EASCM0036 Vertebrate Palaeobiology and Evolution
    • EASCM0039 Tracing and Observing the Earth System
    • EASCM0040 Micropalaeontology
    • ARCHM1000 Early Human Origins

These units represent a sample of the range of units we offer on our courses, to give you a flavour of what it's like to study at Bristol. Please note, this list is not comprehensive, and we do change our units from time to time.

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