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University of Bristol

Palaeontology and Evolution

UCAS Code: CF17

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Palaeontology

This course allows you to develop an understanding of the evolution of life on this planet through the study of geology and biology. Our degrees are interdisciplinary and numerate and provide you with a broad background in palaeobiological science, including state-of-the-art methods and technological advances.

You will learn from a large and vibrant group of experts in the field of palaeobiology, with interests ranging from dinosaurs to plants to the origin of life, and will become fully immersed in hands-on palaeontology from the start.

One third of the first year is dedicated to biology and two thirds to earth science. After the first year you will take core units from both disciplines. In the third year you also have a choice of optional units. Recent unit options have included Evolutionary Ecology, Geomicrobiology and Plant Evolution, Development and Diversity.

The course involves fieldwork, including dedicated palaeontology field trips, the cost of which is included in your tuition fee.

Our emphasis on quantitative research allows you to develop valuable mathematical and statistical skills. There are also opportunities for volunteer work and internships in our state-of-the-art palaeobiology laboratories.

The palaeontology and evolution course attracts great enthusiasts for the subject area and the student cohort is small, tight knit and high achieving.

Modules

Find out more about the course structure and units available for Palaeontology and Evolution: https://www.bris.ac.uk/unit-programme-catalogue/RouteStructure.jsa?byCohort=N&ayrCode=19%2F20&programmeCode=2GELY023U

The Uni


Course location:

University of Bristol

Department:

Geographical Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

86%
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Palaeontology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Earth sciences

Teaching and learning

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
97%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

93%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

79%
UK students
21%
International students
55%
Male students
45%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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After graduation


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Earth sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

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Average annual salary
93%
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Employed or in further education
64%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Natural and social science professionals
9%
Business, research and administrative professionals
9%
Conservation and environment professionals
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What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Palaeontology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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