BSc Biology

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Dinosaur Palaeobiology

Unit code EART34001
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 6
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No


The unit will draw upon the wide range of world experts at the University of Manchester; each week, a different researcher will cover topics relating to cutting edge analytical techniques and applications of modern palaeontology. We will explore how fossil data can be used to not only reconstruct past life, continents, and climates, but also solve contemporary real world problems ranging from hydrocarbon exploration, conservation of biodiversity and geological heritage, and public understanding of science. As such, this unit will bring students right up to the state-of-the-art both in terms of their understanding and their practical skills. The format for each week will be a 1 hour lecture followed by an interactive seminar session (either directed discussion, hands-on practical, or some combination of the two). After the Easter break, students will give an assessed individual presentation on a topic of their choice from the course, in a half-day undergraduate symposium.


  • To provide insight and training into the principles, applications, and cutting edge analytical techniques of modern palaeontology
  • Equip students with the necessary skills and awareness to not only reconstruct past life, climates and continents using fossil data, but also solve contemporary real world problems including resource exploration, public understanding of science, and geological and biological conservation efforts


Assessment methods

Method Weight

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Phillip Manning Unit coordinator

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