University of Bristol

Degree level: Undergraduate

Palaeontology and Evolution

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Course summary

Develop an understanding of the evolution of life on this planet through the study of geology and biology. Learn from experts, with interests ranging from dinosaurs to plants to the origin of life, and become 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 and take a range of specialist palaeontology units. Examples of current units include: Marine Micropalaeontology, where you will learn to use microfossils to reconstruct past climates and understand their impact on ecosystems; Macroevolution, where you will learn cutting-edge techniques for analysing the large-scale patterns in the evolution of life; and Vertebrate Palaeobiology and Biomechanics, where you will study the evolution of the vertebrates from fish-like creatures to humans. You will also select from a range of optional units to pursue your own interests. The course involves fieldwork, including dedicated palaeontology field courses, 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 opportunities for volunteer work and internships in our state-of-the-art palaeobiology laboratories.

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The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Qualification requirements

European Baccalaureate offer: 80% overall, with 8.5, 8.0 in a core science/mathematics subject and another science-related subject (in any order). Core science/mathematics subjects include: Biology; Chemistry; Further Mathematics; Mathematics; Physics. Science-related subjects also include: Computer Science; Environmental Science; Geography; Geology; Marine Science; Psychology.

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Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £10750 Year 1
EU £24700 Year 1
International £24700 Year 1

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Palaeontology and Evolution at University of Bristol - UCAS