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The Palaeontological Association provides information on Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Masters and PhD) courses, as well as articles on possible career paths within palaeontology.

Undergraduate Courses

Could you picture yourself studying earthquake zones to develop early warning systems, searching for energy resources or analysing fossils to further understand evolution? If so a geology/palaeontology undergraduate course could be for you.

Masters and PhD Courses

These lists detail the courses and PhD projects that we are aware of. They are by no means exhaustive and the institutions listed, and others, may well be offering additional projects. Further details for many of these projects are available on institutional website. Note that application deadlines can be as early as January, and interviews usually take place during the period January-April.


Palaeontological Association Mentor Scheme

The Palaeontological Association has established a mentoring scheme to assist palaeontologists at the start of their academic careers. Mentoring is a valuable tool, helping individuals make informed choices via the exchange of knowledge and experience. 

We have identified priority areas and in the first instance we are focusing on the transition from postdoctoral to permanent job. Other transition points such as late stage PhD to postdoctoral position and mid-career to senior leadership role will be considered later. 

We have palaeontologists in permanent positions who are willing to act as mentors. The Palaeontological Association mentoring scheme is via direct mentoring. That is, direct contact between the mentor and mentee via email, skype or other forms of communication. Full guidelines on expectations, lines of communication and length of the mentorship are provided. It is expected that mentors should provide open and honest advice whilst maintaining confidentiality at all times. 

If you are you a post doctoral palaeontologist and are interested in having a mentor or a palaeontologist in permanent position who would be willing to act as mentor please email Vice-President Dr Caroline Buttler ( ) for more information.