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Are you interested in how life on Earth looked millions or even billions of years ago? Do you want to understand how life has evolved and been influenced by the Earth’s chemical and physical changes? Curious about how the climate and environment has changed over time? In this specialisation you combine research in geosciences with the biological sciences to recreate and understand the evolutionary changes that have taken place throughout earth history.

WHY THIS PROGRAMME?

The specialisation in Palaeobiology, within the Master’s Programme in Earth Science, is focused on the evolution of life with courses ranging from palaeobiological principles, through to evolution of organisms to complex vertebrate life forms. This is a mainly research-oriented specialisation, but has applications to careers in geology and the oil industry.

We try to understand how life has evolved over millions of years and how it adapted to constant changes in the environment and climate. We do this by combining traditional fossil studies with modern biological methods. The research includes the evolution of animals in connection with major biological events, especially those of the so-called Cambrian explosion, and how different types of microorganisms have evolved and changed in relation to climate and climate change over a period extending from today until over a billion years ago.

During the programme you can expect to:

  • understand how life has evolved over millions of years and how it adapted to constant changes in the environment and climate
  • combine traditional fossil studies with modern biological methods
  • study of microorganisms to vertebrates

The Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University is one of the most comprehensive academic departments of its kind in Europe. Research in Earth Science focuses on subjects that range from the Earth’s core to the atmosphere, on scales from sub-microscopic minerals and fossils to the formation of mountains and oceans, and in time from the formation of the Earth to the processes currently reshaping the planet.

Student profile
You have a strong foundation in Earth Science and during your Bachelor’s education you gained some experience doing field work as well as analyzing your data in a laboratory. You probably have taken a methodology course or two and have a naturally analytical that allows you to apply your theoretical knowledge to solve problems.

A future PhD education is a possibility you might have thought about and would value an opportunity to get in closer contact with current research by working in a research group while doing your Master’s studies.

DEGREE

The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Earth Science as the main field of study.

 

Requirements:

Academic requirements
A Bachelor’s degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is:

  • 90 credits in earth science; or
  • 90 credits in biology.

Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden (“English 6”). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE

More information about English language requirements

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).

 

Fees:

If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000

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