MSc in Paleontology

                                                                                                                         Em Português   

MSc Master Program in Paleontology

at FCT-UNL in association with University of Évora (Portugal)

Limit of applicants: 20


Enrolling in the Master in Paleontology is done here: Inscriptions and More Information. See "step by stepPDF tutorial if you need help.

See also the Supporting Webpage https://sites.fct.unl.pt/paleontology 


1st year courses

1st Term (Fall)

Paleontology and evolution 

Methods of Study in Paleontology 

Systematics and Taxonomy 

Paleobotany and Palynology 

Invertebrate paleontology 

2nd Term (Spring)

Vertebrate Paleontology 


Taphonomy and Paleoecology 

Geochemistry applied to Palaeontology (optional)

Geochronology applied to Paleontology (optional)

Archaeozoology and Archaeobotany (optional)

Stratigraphy and Sedimentary Processes (optional)

Heritage and Museology (optional)

Dynamics of Sedimentary Basins (optional)

2nd year

Dissertation Thesis




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:

a) foster a continuous knowledge update in the exciting field of Paleontology;

b) develop research skills in paleontology;

c) provid a strong foundation and knowledge in the area of ​​paleontology allowing the future graduates to make conscious initiatives regarding the paleontological / geological heritage.



MSc Paleontology students in 2013

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 that provide 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.


Why to Study at FCT-UNL, in Portugal?

Because gathers top paleontologists and professionals, which will provide a state-of-the-art MSc programme in Paleontology.

Because Portugal has an amazing paleontological heritage which may give excellent topics of research.

Because is fun! Portugal has a great friendly atmosphere to study. The faculty is close to the beach and fossil outcrops. And don't forget the great weather and tasty Portuguese food and wine!

Plus, we help you to find the most suitable accommodation possible.


MSc Programme Comission

Prof.ª Ausenda Balbino (UÉ)

Prof. Paulo Legoinha (FCT‐UNL)

Prof. Carlos Ribeiro (UÉ)

Prof. Octávio Mateus (FCT‐UNL)



 Regulation (in Portuguese)

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Last update 2020