Palaeontology and Evolution

Palaeontology and Evolution courses for 2019

Single Honours

Palaeontology and Evolution is a diverse course that covers many aspects of the geological and earth sciences. Our degrees are interdisciplinary and numerate and provide you with a broad background in palaeobiological science, including state-of-the-art methods and technological advances.

Why study Palaeontology and Evolution at Bristol?

By studying palaeontology and evolution at Bristol you will be taught in a large and vibrant group of experts in the field of palaeobiology, with interests ranging from dinosaurs to plants to the origin of life.

You will be immersed in our scientific community from the start, and will learn in a dynamic intellectually stimulating environment. From the second year onwards you will be able to choose from a range of taught units in biological and earth sciences to suit your own interests and career goals.

Our courses offer a programme of field trips, the cost of which is included in your tuition fee. Volunteer work and internships are available, providing opportunities for further career development.

The department is tightly knit, with excellent student to staff ratios, meaning all students are valued members of the community.

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What kind of student would this course suit?

Our degree programmes in Palaeontology and Evolution will be perfect for you if you have a keen interest in the history of life on Earth. You will be interested in understanding the pattern and process of evolution that has led to peaks and troughs in biodiversity through time, and be willing to learn cutting-edge numerical and computational methods that can be applied to palaeontological questions.

You will need to have a strong background in science and an ability to draw together different scientific subjects to further your understanding of palaeontology.

How is this course taught and assessed?

Our courses are delivered through lectures, laboratory-based practicals and organised field trips. A personal tutor will advise you and monitor your progress throughout your time with us.

You will be expected to develop independent learning skills and to self-assess your progress with the aid of feedback from teaching staff. A range of assessment methods is used; some units are assessed by exams, some by coursework, and some by a combination of the two.

What are my career prospects?

Our highly numerate graduates enter many different fields of employment. Some graduates continue research to MSc or PhD level and enter academic careers. Science education, media (written, digital, film) outreach and museum work are popular career choices. The numerate aspects of the programme provide opportunities to enter many professional careers in graduate-level jobs, including positions in industry, finance or law.

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