MSci Palaeontology and Evolution (CF16)

2020 entry

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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: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £24,000 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £10,750 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

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

You will learn from a large and vibrant group of experts in the field of palaeobiology, with interests ranging from dinosaurs to plants to the origin of life, and will 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 also have a choice of optional units, which have recently included Evolutionary Ecology, Geomicrobiology and Plant Evolution, Development and Diversity. The fourth year of the MSci includes advanced topics and an individual independent research project for which you will work closely with expert palaeobiologists. A number of our previous students' project reports have been published in scientific journals.

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

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 palaeontology and evolution course attracts great enthusiasts for the subject area and the student cohort is small, tight knit and high achieving.

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

A-level
Standard offer
AAB including a core science/mathematics subject and another science-related subject, or ABB in three core science/mathematics subjects
A-level
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
ABC including AB (in any order) in a core science/mathematics subject and another science-related subject
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 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/mathematics subject and another science-related subject
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, M3 is C
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Applied Science, Biology combined with Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Bioscience, Life Science, or Science) with 30 credits at Distinction, and 15 credits at Merit, including 12 graded level 3 credits in each of two sciences at Distinction.
BTEC offer DDD in Applied Science with Distinction in science units, plus B in a core science A-level
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 any order) in a core science/mathematics subject and another science-related subject
UK qualificationsFurther information about UK qualifications
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

Core science/mathematics subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics. Science-related subjects also include Environmental Science, Geography, Geology and Psychology

Applicants must also meet these requirements

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