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Programme structure: Palaeontology and Evolution (BSc) - what's running in 2021/22

Please note all units taken are must pass units.

For the definition of a must pass unit please see the Glossary of Terms from Annex 1 to the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/esu/assessment/annex/glossary.html

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
Palaeontology and Evolution Research Project EASC30073 30 Mandatory TB-4
The Cambrian Explosion - the origin of animal body plans EASC30052 10 Mandatory TB-2D
Macroevolution EASC30066 10 Mandatory TB-2C
Marine Micropalaeontology EASC30067 10 Mandatory TB-1A
Vertebrate Palaeobiology and Biomechanics EASC30068 20 Mandatory TB-4
Evolutionary Palaeoecology in the field EASC30070 10 Mandatory AYEAR
30cp from the optional unit lists below (maximum of 20cp of non-core options permitted):
Core options recommended for this programme:
Basins and Reservoirs EASC30072 10 Optional TB-1B
Tree of Life BIOL30004 10 Optional TB-4
Plant Evolution, Development and Diversity BIOL30007 10 Optional TB-4
Non-core options (choice is subject to timetabling constraints):
Geomicrobiology EASC30051 10 Optional TB-2C
Oceans and Climates EASC30071 20 Optional TB-1
Oceans BIOL30011 10 Optional TB-4
Palaeontology and Evolution (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, the Gateway programmes and International Foundation programmes.

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).

Degree classifications:

  • First Class Honours 70 and above
  • Second Class Honours, First Division 60-69
  • Second Class Honours, Second Division 50-59
  • Third Class Honours 40-49
  • Fail 39 and below

An Ordinary degree can be awarded if a student has successfully completed at least 300 credits with a minimum of 60 credits at Level 6.

The pass mark for the professional programmes in Veterinary Science, Medicine and Dentistry is 50 out of 100. The classification of a degree in the professional programmes in Veterinary Science, Medicine, and Dentistry is provided in the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

Additional progress information

The alternative classified honours degree of Science (Palaeontology and Evolution) (BSc) may be awarded on this programme. For further details please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes

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