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Programme structure: Palaeontology and Evolution (MSci) for 2018/19 entry cohort

Please note: It is possible that the information shown for future academic years may change due to developments in the relevant academic field. Optional unit availability varies depending on both staffing and student choice.

This Integrated Master's programme has been designated as type II: Advanced Study in accordance with the QAA descriptors for Master's programmes. Please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes for further information on this type of programme.

All units taken in this year are must pass. For the definition of must pass units please see the Glossary of Terms from Annex 1 to the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status
Sedimentology EASC20007 10 Mandatory
Geobiology EASC20024 10 Mandatory
Mesozoic stratigraphy and palaeontology fieldwork EASC20026 10 Mandatory
Introduction to Field Mapping EASC20029 10 Mandatory
Imaging and Mapping the Earth EASC20034 20 Mandatory
Numerical Methods and Programming EASC20041 10 Mandatory
Quantitative Methods in Biology BIOL20001 10 Mandatory
Evolutionary Biology BIOL20212 10 Mandatory
30cp from the list of optional units below. Must include one unit from the School of Earth Sciences and one unit from the School of Biological Sciences. Only units in this list may be selected.
Structural Geology EASC20006 10 Optional
Environmental Geochemistry EASC20011 10 Optional
Atmospheric Processes EASC20027 10 Optional
Soils and the Critical Zone EASC20037 10 Optional
Ecology BIOL20012 10 Optional
Green Planet BIOL20013 10 Optional
Computational Methods in Biology BIOL20018 10 Optional
Behavioural Ecology BIOL20104 10 Optional
Insect Biology BIOL20204 10 Optional
Marine Ecology and Physiology BIOL21403 10 Optional
Diploma of Higher Education   120  

Progression/award requirements

Unit Pass Mark for Undergraduate Programmes:

  • 40 out of 100 – for level C/4, I/5 & H/6 units
  • 50 out of 100 – for level M/7 units

For details on the weightings for classifying undergraduate degrees, please see the Agreed Weightings, by Faculty, to be applied for the Purposes of Calculating the Final Programme Mark and Degree Classification in Undergraduate Programmes.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Please refer to the specific progression/award requirements for programmes with a preliminary year of study, and the Gateway programmes or for International Foundation Programmes please see the student handbook available on Blackboard.

Exit awards

All undergraduate degree programmes allow the opportunity for a student to exit from a programme with a Diploma or Certificate of Higher Education.

  • To be awarded a Diploma of Higher Education, a student must have successfully completed 240 credit points, of which at least 90 must be at level 5.
  • To be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education, a student must have successfully completed 120 credit points at level 4.

Integrated Master's degrees may also allow the opportunity for a student to exit from the programme with an equivalent Bachelor's degree where a student has achieved 360 credit points, of which 90 must be at level 6, and has successfully met any additional criteria as described in the programme specification.

The opportunities for a student to exit from one of the professional programmes in Veterinary Science, Medicine, and Dentistry with an Award is outlined in the relevant Programme Regulations (which are available as an annex in the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes).

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