Research course


Cardiff University · School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Entry requirements

Suitable for graduates in Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences, Chemistry and Physics. A first or upper second class Honours degree or equivalent is required.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

While maintaining its strong core theme on the phylogeny and systematics of invertebrates, plants and algae, the group has numerous interests in palaeontology, palaeoenvironments, palaeoecology, palaeobiogeography, biodiversity, evolutionary studies and biogeochemistry, incorporating aspects of several closely related disciplines such as palaeoclimatology and taphonomy. As an established centre for palaeobotany, it has continued to set benchmarks for studies on the origin and early evolution of land plants, pollen and spores and calcareous algae and bacteria. Multidisciplinary studies advanced by the Group include biomechanical and comparative developmental studies on modern plants, geomicrobiology, palaeobiogeography, palaeophysiology and functional morphology, taphonomy and terrestrialization.

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Information for international students

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must demonstrate their proficiency by optaining a minimum of 6.5 IELTS.

Qualification and course duration


part time
opportunities available months
full time
36 months


part time
opportunities available months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Prof. Ian Hall
+44 (0)29 2087 4830