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 palaeontology at postgraduate level, preparing them to develop a doctoral thesis in this field and/or facilitating their professional insertion, for example in palaeontological heritage management companies or in biostratigraphy consultancies.

Students will be able to identify the main actors and vectors involved in fossilization processes, and will engage in the resolution of geological and/or biological problems related to palaeontology, such as palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, the evolution of biotas, biostratigraphy and palaeoclimatology.

Students will acquire a multidisciplinary understanding of palaeontology, through the inclusion in the curriculum of subjects and contents that go beyond the classical separation between disciplines.

This master's degree also aims to provide students with the theoretical and practical tools necessary to integrate the different levels of information (scientific, technological, social, educational, etc.) needed to address problems related to biological evolution and extinction that affect today's society. The course makes efficient use of new communication technologies and distance education tools, adapting them to the established objectives.


  • DCapacity to independently acquire information from palaeontological publications in order to develop a synthesis.
  • Capacity to apply a logical and coherent protocol of analysis to plan and develop a palaeontological study and solve a specific problem.
  • Capacity to carry out teamwork for the resolution of multidisciplinary fossil-based problems.
  • Capacity to convey clearly and unequivocally a practical case study in a professional report in the field of palaeontology.
  • Capacity to contribute to the development of palaeontology 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, in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Capacity to identify and evaluate inequalities based on sex and/or gender in the field of palaeontology.