Palaeontology, B.Sc. | University of Adelaide | Adelaide, Australia
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About

This Palaeontology major from the University of Adelaide will provide you with practical skills in both the biological and geological aspects of modern palaeontology, including the scientific techniques used to interpret fossil records, determine the age of fossils and reconstruct past living conditions.

Overview

About the program

Palaeontologists aim to understand past life on our planet and make informed predictions for the future. They discover, study and record the fossilised remains of plants, animals and microorganisms to determine their origin, age, and the composition of their ecosystems and palaeoenvironments. This helps explain geological processes like continental drift, historical events like mass extinctions, and scientific theories like evolution.

By undertaking the Palaeontology major from the University of Adelaide, you will:
  • study one of the most comprehensive palaeontology curricula in the world, covering invertebrates, plants, vertebrates, geochronology, ancient DNA, and palaeoclimates.
  • benefit from unparalleled field trip opportunities in two core subjects; six days on Kangaroo Island, studying its half-a-billion year old Cambrian fossils, and six days in Naracoorte Caves where you will learn how to excavate micro- and megafauna bones, marine invertebrates, plants and sampling for absolute dating.
  • work with, and learn from, world experts in palaeontology and palaeoconservation, plus have the chance to contribute to their international research projects.
  • access research on all the major fossil sites in South Australia, including the Ediacaran fossils in Flinders Ranges (555 million years old), the Cambrian fossils in Kangaroo Island (520 million years old), the Cretaceous fossils from Coober Pedy (100 million years old), remains of tropical rainforests from Golden Grove, Maslin Bay and Nellie Creek (45 million years old), and the Megafauna fossils in Naracoorte Caves (500,000 years old)
  • gain unique access to the South Australian Museum and State Herbarium staff, samples and specimens, and volunteering opportunities.
  • build your science communication skills through visits to sites of key significance for ecotourism and regional development in South Australia.

Career

Having a strong background in palaeontology and understanding of the full history of life prepares you for a wide range of careers, including palaeontology, conservation, ecotourism, climate change adaptation and mitigation and many others.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Field Palaeontology 
  • Geochronology, Fossils and Palaeoenvironments 
  • Evolution of Australian Biota 
  • Earth Systems History 
  • Research Methods in Evolutionary Biology 

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • There is not a specific application deadline, however we strongly encourage students to apply no later than 6 weeks before the commencement date of the intake 

Credits

72 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS code: 002805B

  • None, however Stage 2 Chemistry, Mathematical Methods, Physics or Specialist Mathematics are prerequisites for some first year courses
  • Selection Rank (International) 70
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) 24
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 17
  • United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 25
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 6
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 65%

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    48000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 48000 AUD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    8485 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8485 AUD per year during 36 months.

Domestic Commonwealth Supported Place

Living costs for Adelaide

1328 - 2474 AUD /month
Living costs

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