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.
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.
- 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.
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.
DisciplinesEarth Sciences Geology View 76 other Masters in Earth Sciences in United Kingdom
- 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.
International31100 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 31100 GBP per year during 12 months.
National9700 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9700 GBP per year during 12 months.
- Home - £4,850
- International/EU - £15,550
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