Research course

Palaeontology and Geobiology

Institution
University of Edinburgh · School of Geosciences
Qualifications
MSc(Res)

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject such as geology, biological sciences, environmental sciences, archaeology, anthropology, or a related discipline.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Research profile

The University of Edinburgh is 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.

This programme is made up of three compulsory courses and a 120 credit dissertation. Compulsory courses include:

  • Research Planning and Management in the GeoSciences (Semester 1)
  • Project Design and Literature Analysis (Semester 1)
  • Topics and in Palaeobiology and Evolution (Semester 2)

On successful completion of the programme, you will know key concepts and methodological approaches concerning your chosen research topic. You will gain experience in, and knowledge of:

  • key debates appropriate to students’ particular research interest
  • how theoretical concepts ‘translate’ into methodological and hypothesis-testing frameworks
  • research design principles and their practice
  • practical training in the use of specific theoretical, modelling, analytical and experimental methods

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.

Qualification and course duration

MSc(Res)

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Prof. Rachel Wood
Email
rachel.wood@ed.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)131 650 6014