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This research-oriented MSc offers advanced coverage of quantitative aspects of the fossil record and the history of life. The programme bridges the biology - geology divide, and will provide you with a strong background for independent research to PhD level or for a career in museums, libraries, management, or the media. This interdisciplinary programme is taught mainly in the School of Earth Sciences with some Archaeology and Biology units. You will engage in current debates in evolutionary biology, systematics and palaeobiology. You will learn how to analyse problems quantitatively, and design experimental approaches to resolving questions in macroevolution and in the study of ancient organisms. First-hand training in research methods in palaeobiology involves laboratory techniques. In addition, you will learn a range of advanced skills throughout the programme, such as computer use, numeracy, planning research, problem-solving and communication skills. You learn multi-media techniques, including presentation of palaeontological data through talks, posters, formal written reports. A key aspect is that you prepare your projects for publication, and we provide continuing support to ensure as many projects are published as possible in leading international journals - the best possible start if you want an active research career in palaeobiology. Programme Structure The first half of the programme consists of lectures, practical classes, tutorials, and visiting speakers, designed to provide a firm foundation in the theory and methodology of the subject. The programme consists of five core units which all students take, and a number of optional units of which students choose four. We recommend that biologists take some of the more geologically oriented optional units, and that geologists take some of the biological optional units. Core programme * Research and Systematic Methods in Palaeobiology * Independent Research Preparation Options * Biomechanics and Functional Morphology * Early Human Origins * Evolutionary Biology** * Evolution of the Biosphere * Geology for Research Paleontologists* * Marine Record of Past Climate Change * Vertebrae Palaeobiology and Evolution * Mandatory for non-geologists ** Mandatory for non-biologists The second half of the programme consists of a research project. For further information on research projects, see our website.

This research-oriented MSc offers advanced coverage of quantitative aspects of the fossil record and the history of life. The programme bridges the biology - geology divide, and will provide you with a strong background for independent research to PhD level or for a career in museums, libraries, management, or the media. This interdisciplinary programme is taught mainly in the School of Earth...

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