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Palaeontology and Geobiology

The University of Edinburgh

12 months
31100 GBP/year
9700 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The University of Edinburgh is one of the leading centres of palaeontology and geobiology research in the UK and globally. The MScR Palaeontology and Geobiology degree is the only such programme in palaeontology and geobiology in the UK.


Why Edinburgh

Edinburgh has an excellent public and academic presence in Palaeobiology and Geobiology.

The Palaeontology and Geobiology programme from The University of Edinburgh leaders Steve Brusatte and Rachel Wood are leading researchers in the field whose research focuses on key questions like the:

  • origin of major groups of animals
  • interaction between evolution and environmental change
  • genealogical relationships of living and extinct species
  • influence of mass extinctions on the history of life.

Along with being regularly published in leading journals, their work has been extensively profiled by the popular press, and they are keen science writers and communicators.

In addition, we can offer you a critical mass of staff in palaeobiology, geochemistry and geobiology to support your pursuit of this degree.

Our research staff have published work in high impact international journals such as Nature, Science and PNAS.


You will benefit from our strong collaborations with the National Museum of Scotland, our country’s leading natural history and cultural museum, with world renowned collections of fossils.

We are co-founders of the PalAlba Group, a consortium of scientists, conservation specialists and collectors working together to recover, record and research vertebrate fossils from Scotland.

We also work closely with geologists, biologists, astrobiologists, chemists, physicists, engineers and other scientists at The University of Edinburgh, who will be available to co-supervise your MScR research projects.

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.

Programme Structure

  • You will work closely with one or more faculty members on an intensive Master’s level research project.
  • Typically the supervisor and research project are assigned before you are accepted onto the course, through one-on-one communication with a potential supervisor over email or phone.
  • Therefore, you need to make contact with your potential supervisor(s) before applying.
  • Training is particular to each research project, and is conducted both one-on-one with the supervisor(s) and in larger groups.
  • Methods training is therefore diverse and might involve understanding how to describe skeletal anatomy from CT scans, to employing geochemical methods using the School of GeoSciences unique instrumentation.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31100 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9700 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time fees: 

  • Home - £4,850
  • International/EU - £15,550

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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