Palaeozoology (Level 7) (841C1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

Extinct megafauna dominated the Earth for millions of years and the science of palaeozoology is an example of the remarkable insights science can achieve with only a limited fossil record. Guesswork has been replaced by researchers using a wide range of quantitative techniques to develop a rigorous, detailed understanding of the palaeobiology of animals, making palaeozoology one of the fastest moving fields of research. In this module you will learn about the palaeozoology of dinosaurs and other extinct megafauna, from their classification, phylogenetics and evolution, to form and function. You will learn about the scientific techniques used and their strengths and limitations.


33%: Lecture
22%: One-to-one (Tutorial)
44%: Practical (Fieldwork)


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 18 hours of contact time and about 132 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.