Origin and Early Evolution of Life, 15 credits

Academic year 2022/2023

  • Autumn 2022, 100%, Campus

    Start date: 29 August 2022

    End date: 30 October 2022

    Application deadline: 19 April 2022

    Application code: UU-18704 Application

    Language of instruction: The course will be taught in English, if needed

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: Higher education credits in science and engineering (maximum 240 credits)

    Registration: 28 July 2022 – 28 August 2022

Entry requirements: 120 credits with 90 credits in earth science or biology. Principles of Palaeobiology, 15 credits, is recommended. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 36,250

Tuition fee, total: SEK 36,250

About the course

This course covers the origin and divergence of prokaryotes and eukaryotes, their palaeobiology and ecology of major clades of unicellular biota and their evolution through time as well as applications in stratigraphy, biotic radiations and extinctions. The Phanerozoic evolution of the invertebrates and the plants are covered as and applied during a mandatory excursion - normally to Wales, Great Britain, in late September/early October and associated with a cost of 1250 kr for students. The course also contains practical work, such as microscopy.

More information


Department of Earth Sciences

Geocentrum, Villavägen 16 752 36 Uppsala

Villavägen 16, 752 36 UPPSALA

Study counsellor

Email: studievagledare@geo.uu.se

Telephone: +46 18 471 25 07