Master's Programme in Paleobiology - PANGEA

Academic year 2022/2023

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The history of Earth concerns the development of planet Earth from its formation to the present day. Do you want to understand how life has evolved and been influenced by chemical and physical changes? Do you want to understand how the climate and environment has changed over time? You can learn all of these and much more by joining this unique Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Degree Programme in Paleobiology (PANGEA).

Why this programme?

The joint programme PANGEA is a collaboration between Uppsala University (Sweden), University of Lille (France), University of Minho (Portugal) and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece). Each university will contribute with their strongest expertise, which guarantees the excellent quality of the education.

You will be studying with at least two of the partner universities, depending on your choice of specialisation and study plan. There are three specialised fields of Earth Sciences you can choose: Palaeobiology, Geoconservation, and Applied Palaeontology. Uppsala University contributes to the programme with its expertise in Palaeobiology.

During the programme you can expect to:

  • understand how life has evolved over millions of years and how it adapted to constant changes in the environment and climate,
  • combine traditional fossil studies with modern biological methods,
  • study the evolution and development of small microorganisms to giant vertebrates.
The Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University is one of the most comprehensive academic departments of its kind in Europe. Research in Earth Science focuses on subjects that range from the Earth's core to the atmosphere, on scales from sub-microscopic minerals and fossils to the formation of mountains and oceans, and in time from the formation of the Earth to the processes currently reshaping the planet.


The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Earth Science as the main field of study and, in addition, an equivalent degree from one of the partner universities.


In the first semester, you will strengthen your basic knowledge at Lille University.

After the first semester, you have the opportunity to specialise in one of the three tracks and move to another partner university. The three tracks include research in palaeobiology, applied palaeontology (stratigraphy, basin analysis and reservoir, environmental paleontology), and geoheritage (science communication, networking, management). If you choose to specialise in paleobiology, you will study your second and third semester at Uppsala University.

In the last semester, you will conduct your thesis work and you can chose at which of the partner universities you want to do the work.

Read more about the programme arrangement on PANGEA's website.

Courses within the programme

See the outline for courses within the programme.

Learning experience

The courses are taught in English at all the partner universities.


The programme provides good opportunities for a postgraduate education with subsequent research careers.

The need for earth scientist is increasing in the labour market, primarily in the environmental and natural resources areas, which are growing strongly, both nationally and internationally.

Salary in Sweden can vary greatly depending on education level, work task, previous experience, location, sector, etc. According to one of the largest Swedish work union SACO's statistics (in Swedish), the average salary of geologists in Sweden in 2014 was about SEK 35 700 per month before tax. SACO's prediction for the coming three years (till 2023) shows that the labour market for newly graduated geologist in Sweden will remain in balance and will be in high demand for experienced geologists.

Career support
During your time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and events that will prepare you for your future career. Learn more about UU Careers.


Check the application procedure and apply for the programme directly through the website of PANGEA. Please note the last application date is 28 February 2022.

Master's Programme in Paleobiology - PANGEA

120 credits

Autumn 2022, 100%, Campus

Location: Lille and Uppsala

Application deadline: 28 February 2022


Language of instruction: English

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. Also required is 90 credits in earth science or 90 credits in biology.

Language requirements
Proficiency in English. For more information about English language requirements, see the PANGEA website.

Selection: See the PANGEA website for information about the selection procedure.

Contact and further resources

Is this programme right for you?

Read more about the programme and find contact information on PANGEA's website


For programme-specific information, please contact: Study Counsellor

018-471 25 07

For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team:

Department of Earth Sciences

Geocentrum, Villavägen 16 752 36 Uppsala

Villavägen 16, 752 36 UPPSALA

Last modified: 2022-05-13