Master in Paleontology

Education

Master in Paleontology

In association with the University of Évora

Started in the academic year 2012/2013. The minimum number of credits for the degree is 120 (2 years). Course only starts with 10 or more confirmed entries as definite by the Executive Council of the FCT NOVA.

 

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.

Curriculum

Career opportunities

  • Municipalities and Municipalities Associations;
  • Protected areas;
  • Geoparks;
  • Government departments;
  • Museums;
  • Research;
  • Professional services;
  • Energy sector (Oil, Natural Gas and Coal).

Schedule:

Daytime

Tuition fee:

Portuguese students: 1.063,47€/year

Foreign students: 1.063,47€/year

Application:

1st phase: 6th march to 23rd June
2nd phase: 26th to 31st August
3rd phase: 10th January to 10th February 2018

Applications

Entrance requirements for the 2017/2018 academic year

Vacancies for 2017/2018:

20

Admission rules:

  1. Holders of a degree, or equivalent, in Biology, Geology, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Geological Engineering, Archaeology, Geography, Biology and Geology Education or other related fields;
  2. Holders of a foreign academic degree in required areas conferred following the 1st cycle of studies according to the Bologna Process;
  3. Holders of a foreign academic degree in required areas recognized as meeting the objectives of the Bachelor´s degree, in the same areas, by the Scientific Council of the FCT NOVA, or the University of Évora (EU), or the School of Science and Technology (ECT);
  4. Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized as attesting the capacity to accomplish referred cycle of studies by the Scientific Council of the FCT NOVA, or the University of Évora (EU), or the School of Science and Technology (ECT).

Ranking:

Qualifications: 60%

  • Qualifications Rating: 75%
  • Education level: 15%
  • Area of qualifications: 10%

Curricular analysis: 40%

  • Experience in research activities: 10%
  • Communications in Congresses and similar: 10%
  • Publications in scientific journals: 20%
  • Professional experience in the area of the course: 50%

Course coordinator:

Professor Paulo Alexandre Legoinha

mp.coordenador@fct.unl.pt

Registration and Accreditation

DGES

Registration number R/A-Cr 46/2012 on 12/06/2012

A3ES

Prior accreditation on 14/05/2012, for 6 years

About the Department of Earth Sciences

The Earth Sciences Department (DCT) of the FCT - NOVA, whose regulation was reviewed in 2011 (DR 99, 2nd series of 23 May 2011), is a graduate and post-graduate teaching unit and also research unit  in the fields of Science and Geological Engineering andin thoserelated or interdisciplinary fields. It shall promote scientific and technological development, service delivery, university extension activities, and the development of dissemination activities.

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