MSci Palaeontology and Evolution (CF16)

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UCAS code CF16
Application method UCAS
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £25,900 per year
  • International students: £25,900 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course

About MSci Palaeontology and Evolution

Develop an understanding of the evolution of life on this planet through the study of geology and biology. Our degrees are interdisciplinary and provide you with a broad background in palaeobiological science, including state-of-the-art methods and technological advances. 

Learn from experts with interests ranging from dinosaurs to plants to the origin of life and be fully immersed in hands-on palaeontology from the start.

One third of the first year is dedicated to biology and two thirds to earth science. After the first year you will take core units from both disciplines. In the third year you will carry out a research project, take a range of specialist palaeontology units and select from a range of optional units to pursue your own interests. 

Current units include: Marine Micropalaeontology, where you will use microfossils to reconstruct past climates; Macroevolution, where you will learn techniques for analysing the large-scale patterns in evolution; and Vertebrate Palaeobiology and Biomechanics. 

Our MSci course allows you to study more advanced material in greater depth during the additional year, giving you a career boost by investing in your skills development or preparing you for further research.

Our emphasis on quantitative research allows you to develop valuable mathematical and statistical skills. There are also opportunities for volunteer work and internships in our state-of-the-art palaeobiology laboratories.

The course involves fieldwork, including dedicated palaeontology field courses, the cost of which is included in your tuition fee.

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Typical offer for MSci Palaeontology and Evolution - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAB including a core science/mathematics subject and another science-related subject, or ABB in three core science/mathematics subjects
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
ABC including AB (in any order) in a core science/mathematics subject and another science-related subject, or BBC in three core science/mathematics subjects
Science practicals A pass in the practical element of all English examination board science A-levels is expected.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level, including 6, 5 (in any order) at Higher Level in a core science/mathematics subject and another science-related subject, or 32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including 6, 5, 5 in three core science/mathematics subjects
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
31 points overall with 15 at Higher Level, including 6, 5 (in any order) at Higher Level in a core science or mathematics subject and another science-related subject or 29 points overall with 14 at Higher Level, including 5,5,4 at Higher Level in three core science/mathematics subjects
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, and M3 is C.
Access to HE Diploma offerAccess to HE Diploma in Science, Biomedical/ Medical/ Health Science or Psychology (or similar titles). The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include:
  • at least 21 credits at Distinction and 24 at Merit or above; and
  • at least 12 credits (with 9 at Distinction) from units in any one of Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics; and
  • at least 12 credits (with 9 at Distinction) from units in any one of Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics.

    Mature students can contact to check the suitability of their Access course.
  • BTEC offer DDD in Applied Science BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma.
    Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: AB in two science/mathematics subjects, and Standard Higher: AAABB
    Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
    European Baccalaureate offer80% overall, with 8.5, 8.0 in a core science/mathematics subject and another science-related subject (in any order)
    UK qualificationsFurther information about UK qualifications
    International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

    Specified subjects

    Core science/mathematics subjects include: Biology, Chemistry, Further Mathematics, Mathematics, Physics and Geology.

    Science-related subjects also include: Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geography and Marine Science.

    Applicants must also meet these requirements

    GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
    Higher numeracy requirement (6 or B in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent)
    Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.
    English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
    Profile C
    Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

    How we assess your application

    Admissions statements relate to 2021 entry and will be updated for 2022 entry in summer 2021.

    Deferred entry

    For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

    Selection process

    UCAS. Mature applicants and those who have not followed one of the above routes of education will be invited for interview and test.

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