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Palaeontology and Geobiology MScR

University of Edinburgh

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    The University of Edinburgh

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

We are one of the leading centres of palaeontology and geobiology research in the UK and globally. Our MScR degree is the only such programme in palaeontology and geobiology in the UK.

Why Edinburgh

Edinburgh has an excellent public and academic presence in Palaeobiology and Geobiology.

The programme leaders Steve Brusatte and Rachel Wood are leading researchers in the field whose research focuses on key questions like the: origin of major groups of animals; interaction between evolution and environmental change; genealogical relationships of living and extinct species; influence of mass extinctions on the history of life.

Along with being regularly published in leading journals, their work has been extensively profiled by the popular press, and they are keen science writers and communicators.

Training and support

You will work closely with one or more faculty members on an intensive Master’s level research project.

Typically the supervisor and research project are assigned before you are accepted onto the course, through one-on-one communication with a potential supervisor over email or phone.

Therefore, you need to make contact with your potential supervisor(s) before applying. Training is particular to each research project, and is conducted both one-on-one with the supervisor(s) and in larger groups.

Methods training is therefore diverse and might involve understanding how to describe skeletal anatomy from CT scans, to employing geochemical methods using the School of GeoSciences unique instrumentation.

Career opportunities

This programme will provide you with a strong background for independent research to PhD level or for an applied career in museums, libraries, management or the media. On successful completion of the programme, you will know key concepts and methodological approaches concerning your chosen research topic.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 29,600per 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 Edinburgh

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  • Campus address

    University of Edinburgh, Student Recruitment and Admissions, 33 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of, EH8 9JS, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    5th out of 30 9

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    213 96%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    95.0 95%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.01 80%


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