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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Clifton Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    26-SEP-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Programme overview

This interdisciplinary MSc programme is for students who are passionate about early life, mass extinctions, macroevolution and fossil preservation. It bridges the biology-geology divide. You will learn the latest techniques in phylogenetics, biomechanics and macroevolution training, providing you with a strong foundation for independent research to PhD level or for a career in museum curation, science education, management or the media.

You will join Bristol's established palaeobiology research group and engage in current debates in evolutionary biology, systematics and palaeobiology. You will learn how to analyse problems quantitatively and design experimental approaches to resolving questions in macroevolution and the study of ancient organisms.

A key aspect of the programme is preparing your research project for publication, and many of our previous students’ projects have been published in leading international journals. Recent research project topics include the origin of cellular life, the preservation of colours in dinosaurs and the evolution of culture in humans.

This programme gives you the opportunity to develop a wide range of professional skills, including research planning, problem-solving and communication. You will learn to present palaeontological data through talks, visual displays and formal written reports. You will also develop computing skills in data handling, phylogenetics, macroevolution, function and 3D digital modelling.

Careers

The degree is research-based, and about half of our graduates go on to academic careers, usually starting with a PhD. The MSc is focused on methods and you will learn the latest techniques in phylogenetics, biomechanics and macroevolution training, which are highly sought after by PhD supervisors across the world.

The training in professional skills, including writing scientific papers, is also highly regarded. Some students have used the MSc as a means to go on to careers in museums, the media and education and now hold senior positions as curators and collection managers in national and regional museums. Graduates also work in making scientific documentaries, or are involved in science education at all levels.

Finally, some graduates have gone into commercial work in marketing, the oil industry and computing, where their practical skills in palaeobiology and communication have proved invaluable.

Application deadline

12 August 2022

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 25,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Bristol

  • University League Table

    17th

  • Campus address

    University of Bristol, Senate House, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, Bristol, BS8 1TH, England

Bristol is one of the UK’s leading research universities, with a curriculum informed by the latest research and degrees taught by expert academics.
Around a quarter of Bristol students are international, with students from over 150 countries helping to create a friendly and diverse community.
The Careers Service offers advice, events and resources for international students during their studies and for up to three years after graduation.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    11th out of 100 7

    8th out of 30 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    160 72%

    15th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76.0 76%

    33rd

    5
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.17 83%

    25th

    12
  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    148 67%

    13th

    5
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80.0 80%

    12th

    4
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.32 86%

    9th

    5

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