Official master's degree in Paleobiology and Fossil Record

Develop the professional skills needed to study and interpret fossil and life in ancient times from technical, scientific and communicative viewpoints

Official Master's Degree in Paleobiology and Fossil Record

Access

Access to this master's degree is open to holders of an official bachelor's degree from a Spanish university or from another higher education institution within or outside the European Higher Education Area, provided this gives access to postgraduate studies in the country of issue.

Admission requirements

The admission requirements are as follows:
Degree in Biology, Environmental Biology; Earth Sciences (Geology and Marine Sciences and Geological Engineering) or a combination of both (Natural Sciences and Environmental Sciences) or equivalent qualifications.
Graduates or graduates in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Biomedical Sciences, Genetics, Microbiology; Graduates or graduates in Humanities such as History (in particular, students with knowledge in Archeology or Paleoanthropology) or Engineering. The coordinator of the master's degree will individually review the academic record of these students, to determine if they need to complete training supplements, among those specified in the list of subjects detailed below.
To accredit the level B2 of English foreign language (equivalent to the First Certificate) the minimum to study the master.

Selection criteria

Should the number of applicants exceed the places on offer, places will be allocated in accordance with the following criteria of priority:
  • Pre-EHEA graduates/graduates in one branch of Biosciences or Earth Sciences (Geology and Marine Sciences) Natural Sciences or Environmental Sciences: 20 %
  • Undergraduate Academic File: 30 %
  • Interview (by internet or in person): 30 %
  • Motivation Letter: 10 %
  • Accreditation of knowledge of English higher than B2-First Certificate: 10 %

Complementary training

1) Students with the following qualifications will not need to complete training courses: Biology, Environmental Biology; Earth Sciences (Geology and Marine Sciences and Geological Engineering) or a combination of both (Natural Sciences and Environmental Sciences) or equivalent qualifications.
2) For the degrees in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Biomedical Sciences, Genetics and Microbiology, the complementary credits to be made belong to the Degree of Geology taught in the first semester in the Autonomous University of Barcelona:
Stratigraphy: 6 ECTS
3) For students who are graduates of Humanities and Engineering degrees (except Geological Engineering), the coordination of the master will individually review the academic record of these students, to determine if it is necessary that they take, as training complements, one or Several of the subjects of the Degree of Geology that are taught during the first semester in the Autonomous University of Barcelona:
Life on Earth: 6 ECTS
Paleontology 1: 6 ECTS
Planet Earth: 4 ECTS
Stratigraphy: 6 ECTS
In any case, the maximum number of training complements will be 22 and the maximum number of these complements to be taken simultaneously with the master will be 18.
The students who will take these training supplements, in any case, will be guaranteed their correct use and will receive the corresponding help and eventual adaptation necessary.