United Kingdom

University of Portsmouth

=98 th
Young University Rankings 2017
501–600 th
World University Rankings 2018
University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2UP, United Kingdom

University of Portsmouth


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 palaeontolgist/geoscientist. You will learn in a friendly and supportive environment with a structured tutorial programme across all three years, excellent fieldwork opportunities, student-led extra-curricular activities, refurbished and re-equipped teaching facilities, and strong links with industry. MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE You will experience teaching in newly-equipped laboratories and be encouraged to utilise research-grade analytical equipment for your final-year projects. The course firstly ensures you have a broad knowledge of the subject introducing topics such as basic stratigraphy, mineralogy and sedimentology. You will learn about more specific paleontological subjects from vertebrates to microfossils and plants, with options to specialise in particular fields. WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? This degree is for those wanting a three year course and to go on to a wide range of scientific jobs. 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 them 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 Master's-level study and PhD research.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    3 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