The Honours Degree in Paleontology is jointly administered by the Departments of Biological Sciences and Earth & Atmospheric Sciences. See the BSc Honours Degree page for admissions and academic requirements. This degree is intended for students wishing to pursue post-graduate studies.
Paleontology is a basic science concerned with the evolutionary history of life. Students are required to have a broad knowledge base of biological and geological knowledge. Areas of detailed knowledge will include vertebrate and invertebrate paleobiology, evolutionary biology, systematics, functional morphology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, and plate tectonics. Paleontologists usually hold advanced research degrees and work as research scientists and teachers in universities, museums, and industrial laboratories.