Master in Paleontology

Education objectives

The overall objective of the course is to train postgraduate students with a comprehensive and integrated understanding of the current issues of the evolution of Earth and Life.
Despite the obvious added value in terms of quality and complementarity by the union of two universities in order to prepare a course of study, it is believed that this MSc will promote a set of cohesive lessons, worth employability and to act as protection and socio-economic recovery of the paleontological heritage. Apart from that, this MSc will fill a gap in terms of offering specific training in this area.

This Master course aims to achieve the following general objectives:

  1. Foster a continuous knowledge update in the exciting field of Paleontology;
  2. Develop research skills in paleontology;
  3. Provide a strong foundation and knowledge in the area of paleontology allowing the future graduates to make conscious initiatives regarding the paleontological / geological heritage.

Specific objectives:

  1. Expand training in the field of paleontology, in order to acquire sustainable foundations for the transmission of knowledge related to this scientific area;
  2. Acquiring scientific and technical training in the field of paleontology, allowing us to understand and solve new paradigms in multidisciplinary contexts, in particular for a better and more conscious performance of technical activities of classification and management of the natural environment, particularly the Paleontological the responsibility of public authorities (Ministry Environment, Spatial Planning and Regional Development, Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications Works and municipalities);
  3. Develop skills to integrate knowledge in complex geological settings;
  4. Develop a critical view of the fossil record and its importance for understanding the process of evolution;
  5. Analyze and discuss the biological aspects of the bodies from the past;
  6. Discuss and apply theories, concepts and paradigms in order to obtain a comprehensive and adequate view of the History of Earth and Life;
  7. Acquire skills and autonomy in formulating proposals to submit scientific projects, especially the national programs in the responsibility of the central and regional government. A country with a rich paleontological remains unexploited projects;
  8. Gain skills thaprovide the graduate a high degree of autonomy to further develop and acquire a lifelong training in related disciplines and paleontology, with a high degree of autonomy.

General characterization

DGES code



Master (2nd Cycle)



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Access to a 3rd cycle


Paulo Alexandre Rodrigues Roque Legoinha

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1063,47 Euros/year.



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Degree pre-requisites

Duration: 2 years
Credits: 120 ECTS
Mandatory scientifc areas

Area Credits (ECTS)
Biology 6
Geology 96
Geology and Biology  6
Any other area 12

Conditions of admittance

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Evaluation rules

The following modes of evaluation are used with regard to academic qualifications:

  1. Evaluation based solely on an examination or completion of a final project.
  2. Evaluation based on work done throughout the semester excluding examination or final project. In these courses students can expect to carry out, for example, laboratory activities, mini-tests, tests, individual or group projects, seminar-related activities, any combination of which will be used to determine the final grade.
  3. Evaluation based obligatorily on an examination or a final project. In these courses there extists a form of evaluation similar to one of the aformentioned activities in paragraph 2 as well as a form of evaluation based on a final exam.
  4. Evaluation based on work done throughout the semester with the possibility of foregoing an examination or a final project.

The final Dissertation (or Project) involves a public discussion with a Jury.


1.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10928 Methods in Paleontology 6.0
10930 Paleobotany and Palynology 6.0
10931 Invertebrates Paleontology 6.0
10927 Paleontology and Evolution 6.0
10929 Systematics and Taxonomy 6.0
2.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10935 Micropaleontology 6.0
10934 Vertebrate Paleontology 6.0
10936 Taphonomy and Paleoecology 6.0
2.º Semester - Opções
Code Name ECTS
10939 Archeozoology and Archeobotany 6.0
10944 Dynamics of Sedimentary Basins 6.0
10941 Stratigraphy and Sedimentary Processes 6.0
10938 Geochronology Applied to Paleontology 6.0
10937 Geochemistry Applied to Paleontology 6.0
11963 Option 12.0
10943 Geological Heritage and Museology 6.0
O aluno deverá obter 12.0 créditos nesta opção.
2.º Year
Code Name ECTS
10945 Master Thesis in Paleontology 60.0