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.

Career opportunities

  • Municipalities and Municipalities Associations;

  • Protected areas;

  • Geoparks;

  • Government departments;

  • Museums;

  • Research;

  • Professional services;

  • Energy sector (Oil, Natural Gas and Coal).

General characterization

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Master (2nd Cycle)



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Paulo Alexandre Rodrigues Roque Legoinha

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Portuguese students: 1500 €/year

Foreign students: 1500 €/year



Teaching language

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Degree pre-requisites

Duration: 2 years
Credits: 120 ECTS

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 evaluation of all UCs is continuous for all the components that integrate it, and it must be completed by the last day of the school term of the academic semester.

The continuous evaluation of a UC must include a minimum of three elements in the set of evaluation components, on dates adequately spaced throughout the period of classes.

All UCs with a theoretical-practical evaluation component must provide, in addition, a form of evaluation of this component by exam, to be carried out after the period of classes (Examination of Appeal).

All requirements and conditions related to the evaluation of the UC, namely the minimum weights and classifications, if any, of each component, as well as the Frequency conditions, are defined a priori and, mandatorily, published in the Discipline Form.

For each UC, combinations of three evaluation components are allowed: (i) Theoretical-practical evaluation; (ii) Laboratory or project evaluation; (iii) Summative assessment.

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

Regulamento de Avaliação de Conhecimentos (Licenciaturas, Mestrados Integrados e Mestrados.)


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