Earth Science - Palaeobiology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
In the Master Programme in Earth Science - Palaeobiology from Uppsala University we combine research in geosciences with the biological sciences. Studies of fossil life forms give us the opportunity to recreate and understand the evolutionary changes that have taken place throughout Earth's history.


Are you interested in how life on earth looked like millions or even billions of years ago? Do you want to understand how life has evolved and been influenced by the Earth's chemical and physical changes, and how the climate and environment has changed over time? 

The Master Programme in Earth Science - Palaeobiology from Uppsala University is focused on the evolution of life with courses ranging from palaeobiological principles, through to evolution of organisms to complex vertebrate life forms. This is a mainly research-oriented specialisation, but has applications to careers in geology and the oil industry.

The Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University is one of the most comprehensive academic departments of its kind in Europe. Research in Earth Science focuses on subjects that range from the Earth’s core to the atmosphere, on scales from sub-microscopic minerals and fossils to the formation of mountains and oceans, and in time from the formation of the Earth to the processes currently reshaping the planet.


The need for earth scientist is increasing in the labor market, primarily in the environmental and natural resources areas, which are growing strongly, both nationally and internationally. Alumni from the Palaeobiology programme today work largely within the scientific academy worldwide.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Dynamics of Earth Systems
  • Applied Geoinformatics for Earth Sciences
  • Exploration and Environmental Geophysics
  • Analytical Methods in Earth Science
  • Principles of Palaeobiology
  • Evolution and Development
  • Origin and Early Evolution of Life

Examination generally includes written exams, complemented by seminar presentations/discussions, project work, laboratory work and field reports.

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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Academic Requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is:

  • 90 credits in earth science; or
  • 90 credits in biology.

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15113.5 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30227 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Application Fee: SEK 900
  • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500
  • Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000

Living costs for Uppsala

  • 7620 - 12070 SEK/month
    Living Costs

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