University of Barcelona

Paleobiology and Fossil Record (new)

Objectives and competences


This master's degree gives continuity to undergraduate studies with the aim of providing students with the necessary skills to develop research in paleontology at postgraduate level, preparing them to develop a doctoral thesis in this field and / or facilitating their insertion in the professional environment, such as in paleontological heritage management companies or in biostratigraphic consultancies.
Students will be able to identify the main actors and vectors involved in fossilization processes, and will exercise in the resolution of geological and / or biological problems related to paleontology, such as paleoenvironmental reconstruction, the evolution of biotas, the biostratigraphy and the paleoclimatology.
Students will acquire the multidisciplinary knowledge of paleontology, through the inclusion in the curriculum of subjects and contents that go bewyond the classical separation between disciplines.
This master also aims to provide students with the theoretical and practical tools necessary to integrate the different levels of information (scientific, technological, social, educational, etc.) necessary to address the problems related to biological evolution and extinction that affect today's society. Finally, it will efficiently use the new technologies of communication and distance education, adapting them to the established objectives.


  • Demonstrate capacities for the autonomous acquisition of information from paleontological publications in order to develop a synthesis.

  • Apply a logical and coherent protocol of analysis to plan and develop a paleontological study and solve a specific problem.

  • Develop teamwork for the resolution of multidisciplinary problems based on fossils. Convey clearly and unequivocally a practical case study in a professional report related to paleontology.

  • Act in the development of paleontological projects with ethical responsibility and with respect for human and fundamental rights, diversity and democratic values, as well as the principles of universal accessibility and design for all people, in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Identify and evaluate inequalities based on sex and/or gender in the field of paleontology.