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MSci Palaeontology and Evolution (CF16)

Course overview

MSci Palaeontology and Evolution (CF16)

Typical offer

A-level standard offer: AAB

A-level contextual offer: ABC

See entry requirements for full details and eligibility.

Course duration

4 year(s) full-time

Part-time study is not available for this course

Application method

Full-time: UCAS

Fees

£9,250 per year, home students

£25,900 per year, international students

Fees quoted are for 2022 entry only. Fees for 2023 will be confirmed, subject to government approval, later in 2022.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.

Location

Clifton campus

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.

Course structure

Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.

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Entry requirements

We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirements

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 have one of the following:

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Selection process

  • For most candidates, we will only use your information in UCAS to assess your application. We may interview and test mature applicants and applicants with non-standard qualifications.
  • Full information about our selection processes for this course:
  • The admissions statement above relates to 2022 entry. The statement for 2023 entry will be available in summer 2022.

  • Regulations and codes of conduct we abide by to create a positive environment for learning and achievement:

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