Palaeozoology (C7146)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module introduces you to the palaeozoology of dinosaurs and other extinct megafauna – from their classification, phylogenetics and evolution to form and function.

You will explore the scientific evidence behind our understanding of how these animals lived, behaved and interacted with other organisms. You’ll also learn about the techniques, strengths and limitations of the methods that scientists use to study extinct animals.


43%: Lecture
57%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: