University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Vertebrate Palaeontology

This programme enables you to develop your knowledge of vertebrate palaeontology, evolutionary biology, anatomy, phylogenetics and biomechanics. Mainly comprising research, it also contains taught modules. You will be based near several sites of global importance, including the Isle of Wight, Surrey, Sussex and Dorset�s Jurassic coast, providing excellent opportunities for fieldwork. Our close collaboration with Biological Sciences and Aeronautics and Astronautics will allow you to experience a multidisciplinary approach to the study of vertebrate palaeontology.

Entry requirements

Good Honours degree.

Course modules

Semester 1: Core modules: contemporary topics in vertebrate palaeontology; vertebrate palaeobiology; phylogenetics and evolution; plus 1 option from: basin analysis; microfossils, environment and time; global climate cycles; biogeochemical cycles in the Earth system. Semester 2: Core modules: biochemical cycles in the Earth�s systems; marine geoarchaeology; vertebrate palaeontology of the Isle of Wight (field trip). You will also be encouraged to attend modules offered by the Centre for Biological Sciences: evolution; behaviour ecology and evolution; plus research project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time - 1 years
MRes Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS) Southampton SO14 3ZH South East

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