MSci Palaeontology and Evolution (CF16)

2018 entry

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UCAS code CF16
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £20,300 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £10,750 per year
Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2016/17 13

About MSci Palaeontology and Evolution

Palaeontology is the study of the life of the past. This course studies the evolution of life through the combined study of geology and biology.

One third of the first year is spent studying geology and two thirds are dedicated to biology. After the first year you will take core units from both disciplines which are particularly relevant to your area of study, but you will have a much wider choice of geological and biological options to choose from.

The final year is taught entirely in the School of Earth Sciences and involves a mandatory major research project.

The palaeontology and evolution cohort is small and high-achieving and always attracts great enthusiasts for the subject area. You will be part of a tight-knit and competitive yet friendly group.

An MSci degree is a valuable qualification to have if you wish to progress to PhD study or into industry.

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Typical offer for MSci Palaeontology and Evolution - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAB including AB in a core science and another science (in any order), or ABB including three core science subjects (in any order) (see Specified Subjects box below)
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
ABC including AB in a core science and another science (in any order) (see Specified Subjects box below)
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level, including 6, 5 at Higher Level in a core science and another science (in any order), or 32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6,5,5 in three core science subjects (see Specified Subjects box below)
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
31 points overall with 15 at Higher Level, including 6 and 5 at Higher Level in a core science and another science (in any order) (see Specified Subjects box below)
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit, including 12 credits at Distinction in two of the following subjects: Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics.
BTEC offer DDM in Science or Engineering, plus A-level B in Mathematics, Chemistry or Physics
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: AB including two science/maths subjects; Standard Higher: AAABB (see Specified Subjects box below)
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade
European Baccalaureate offer80% overall, with 8.5, 8.0 in a core science and another science (in any order) (see Specified Subjects box below)
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

Core science subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics. Science subjects also include Environmental Science, Geography, Geology and Psychology

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Standard numeracy requirement (C in GCSE Maths or equivalent) and
Standard literacy requirement (C in GCSE English or equivalent)

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English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
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Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed, but please seek advice about maintaining relevant skills

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application.

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