The programme is taught by staff from OES and Biological Sciences. Cutting edge research carried out by academic staff provides direct and enthusiastic input into a challenging and stimulating teaching programme. There are unique opportunities for you to undertake research projects with OES and Biological Sciences scientists.
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Programme tutor: Dr Gareth Dyke.
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For students studying the MRes in Vertebrate Palaeontology, the spectrum of programmes within Ocean and Earth Sciences and through our collaborations with Biological Sciences and Aeronautics and Astronautics in Southampton are all scientifically exciting and challenging, as well as highly relevant to the modern world. Within this particular programme of study we aim to develop and enhance your knowledge of and enthusiasm for vertebrate evolutionary biology, anatomy, phylogenetics and biomechanics.
By the end of your MRes programme you will have extended your subject-specific and more generic skills beyond the level of your undergraduate degree. This will be partially the result of further instruction during the programme, but also will be a direct result of the application and practice of your skills during your research project and the practical elements of your studies. Additionally you will have developed research skills of sufficient depth to produce work which is publishable in refereed scientific literature.
Why study Vertebrate Palaeontology?
- You will study in one of the UK's leading Earth science departments
- Join an active research group who contribute to world-leading studies
- NOCS is near several sites of global importance for vertebrate palaeontology including the IOW and Jurassic Fossil Coast
- The Evolution of flight. A study into the aerodynamic performance of feathered dinosaurs has provided new insight into the evolution of bird flight. Find out more
Typical entry requirements
If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skill would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our courses, you will need an acceptable English Language qualification such as IELTS 7.0 overall, with minimum of 6.5 in writing, 6.5 in reading, listening and speaking, or equivalent in other approved English language tests.
You will need to have, to expect to have, a good (2:1 or equivalent) Honours degree in biology, geology, environmental science or a similar subject.
Applications are considered throughout the year; most candidates will be invited to interview to discuss the programme in more detail.
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Typical course content
All students must take two compulsory modules: an introductory module that will provide a background to the major lineages, anatomy and evolutionary relationships of fossil vertebrates (15 credit points) and a module that covers key literature on a variety of “key contemporary topics” in vertebrate evolution, systematics, general palaeontology and evolutionary biology (15 credit points). You will follow a specific pathway. The tables below indicate which modules should be taken for each pathway.
Only one optional module is to be taken.
All Students will also be encouraged to attend, and audit, the following Semester 2 courses:
BIOL 2001 Evolution and BIOL 3010 Topics in ecology and evolution.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).