What will I learn?

Focused on uncovering long-buried secrets that deepen our understanding of how life on Earth evolved, this degree provides you with in-depth knowledge and appreciation of the Australian fossil record in addition to a broad-based foundation in palaeontology and allied disciplines. You will also will develop a range of transferable research, analytical and communication skills.

What you will study

First year

A typical first year may include:

  • an introduction to the basic concepts underpinning ecology and evolution
  • study of how we go about investigating and analysing the world around us
  • an introduction to biology, geology and biostatistical principles relating to the study of natural history
  • a number of elective topics enabling you to explore specific interests.

Second year

A typical second year may include:

  • an exploration of the diversity of life on Earth and how it has evolved
  • study of human evolution and the archaeological record of Australia
  • further investigation of geological, biological and ecological principles
  • electives options enabling you to expand your learning in archaeology, animal behaviour, ecology or science communication.

Third year

A typical third year may include:

  • vertebrate anatomy and palaeontology
  • field techniques in palaeontology
  • scientific illustration
  • elective topics enabling you to specialise in a particular facet of the palaeontological sciences.

Honours year

A typical honours year may include:

  • an honours research project enabling you to focus on a particular palaeontological discipline that interests you
  • development of the skill set necessary to become a research scientist.

Your career

This degree provides you with the tool-set necessary for palaeontological careers anywhere in the world, whether your interests include working in a museum, evolutionary studies, fieldwork, ecological/environmental research, teaching or science communication.

Potential occupations include:

  • collection manager (palaeontology)
  • resource information officer
  • technical officer
  • senior curator
  • scientific consultant.

Potential employers include:

  • universities (researcher/teacher)
  • museums (curator/collections manager)
  • science media agencies

Which department am I in?

College of Science and Engineering

CRICOS

098228C

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$36,500.00 (19,53,961) per year
Start date

28 February 2022

Venue

Flinders University

Bedford Park Campus,

Sturt Road,

BEDFORD PARK,

South Australia,

5042, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Successful completion of the High School Diploma with SAT minimum score of 1500 with a minimum of 500 in each band, ACT minimum composite score of 21. Flinders University recognizes international secondary schooling for direct entry to undergraduate programs. IELTS (Academic): 6.0 Overall with 6.0 Speaking, 6.0 Writing; TOEFL (Internet): 72 Overall with 18 Speaking, 18 Writing; Pearson PTE Academic: 50 Overall with 50 Speaking, 50 Writing; Cambridge (CAE) - Pass grade of B2; Occupational English Test (OET): 300 Writing, 300 Speaking.

For international students

Flinders University recognises international secondary schooling for direct entry to undergraduate programs.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): 6.0 Overall with 6.0 Speaking, 6.0 Writing; TOEFL (Internet): 72 Overall with 18 Speaking, 18 Writing; Pearson PTE Academic: 50 Overall with 50 Speaking, 50 Writing; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): B2

There are two admissions cycles for undergraduate degrees: February intake (semester 1): applications open in August for commencement the following year. All courses are open for applications. Midyear intake (semester 2): applications open in August for commencement in July the following year. Not all courses are offered.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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