University of Portsmouth

101–150 th
Young University Rankings 2018
501–600 th
World University Rankings 2018


Study ancient life in the context of the geological and fossil record. WHY STUDY THIS COURSE? Our course is accredited by the Geological Society of London, and places great emphasis on practical learning and developing the transferable skills for employment as a professional palaeontologist/geoscientist. You will learn in a friendly and supportive environment with a structured tutorial programme across all four years, excellent fieldwork opportunities, student-led extra-curricular activities, refurbished and re-equipped teaching facilities, and strong links with industry. The course covers all aspects of palaeontology, underpinned by general geoscientific and analytical principles. The school has extensive collections of fossil and geological specimens, and excellent teaching and analytical laboratories. The first year of the course provides core training in basic palaeontology, stratigraphy, mineralogy, sedimentology, general science and quantitative methods. The second year provides a curriculum of more specific palaeontological subjects, from vertebrates to microfossils, and provides training in palaeontological techniques and professional skills. The third year comprises more advanced subject matter and principles, with options to specialise in particular fields. The final-year dissertation comprises a major part of the third year, and builds upon data collected during the previous summer. MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE As a palaeontologist, you will study ancient life in the context of the geological and fossil record - how did life on Earth arise and evolve, and how can we apply data from fossils to solve real-world geological problems? WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? This degree is for those wanting a four year course and to develop a career either in research or as a professional palaeontologist. The course assumes no prior knowledge of palaeontology or geology, but a passion and curiosity for understanding how life and our planet have evolved over geological time is essential. You must be keen to develop the strong practical and scientific skills that will enable you to add value in employment. SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE GAINED Through our mixture of practical and classroom-based work, you will develop important problem-solving, communication and IT skills. Field and laboratory work will help you develop teamwork and leadership. You will also plan and organise your own final year independent project that will involve considerations of health and safety, ethics and resource management. Acquisition of all these transferable skills and knowledge will make you an excellent candidate for a wide range of careers. AFTER THE COURSE Recent graduates have been employed in the oil and gas industry, museum curation, teacher training, and progressed to Mater's-level study and PhD research.

  • Qualification
    Master of Geology - MGeol
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site,Portsmouth
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £9,250
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250
  • Channel Islands Year 1 £9,250
  • International Year 1 £15,100