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. Our degrees are interdisciplinary and provide you with a broad background in palaeobiological science, including state-of-the-art methods and technological advances. Learn from experts with interests ranging from dinosaurs to plants to the origin of life and 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 will carry out a research project, take a range of specialist palaeontology units and select from a range of optional units to pursue your own interests. Current units include: Marine Micropalaeontology, where you will use microfossils to reconstruct past climates; Macroevolution, where you will learn techniques for analysing the large-scale patterns in evolution; and Vertebrate Palaeobiology and Biomechanics. Our MSci course allows you to study more advanced material in greater depth during the additional year, giving you a career boost by investing in your skills development or preparing you for further research. 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 course involves fieldwork, including dedicated palaeontology field courses, the cost of which is included in your tuition fee.

Course details


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
CF16
Institution code:
B78
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students, and accepts a wide range of qualifications for undergraduate study. If you studied at a school, college or university outside the UK, please select the relevant page for further information on qualification equivalences, scholarships and details of our education representatives in your country/region: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/international/countries/

Entry requirements

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; and Physics. Science-related subjects also include: Computer Science; Environmental Science; Geography; Geology; Marine Science; and Psychology.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/2022/palaeontology-evolution/msci-palaeontology-and-evolution/


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Fees and funding

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