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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 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
Evolution of the Biosphere EASC30008 10 Mandatory
Palaeobiology Analytical Project EASC30048 30 Mandatory
The Cambrian Explosion - the origin of animal body plans EASC30052 10 Mandatory
Climates and Ecosystems EASC30058 10 Mandatory
Tree of Life BIOL30004 10 Mandatory
50cp from the list of optional units below. Maximum of TWO units allowed from the School of Biological Sciences and only units in this list may be selected.
Oceanography EASC30017 10 Optional
Petroleum Sedimentology EASC30024 10 Optional
Geomicrobiology EASC30051 10 Optional
Plant Evolution, Development and Diversity BIOL30007 10 Optional
Mammalian Ecology and Sociobiology BIOL31117 10 Optional
Sensory Ecology BIOL31132 10 Optional
Ecology: Theory and Practice BIOL31135 10 Optional
Evolutionary Ecology BIOL31136 10 Optional
BSc   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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