Master's Programme in Paleobiology – PANGEA

120 credits

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 have 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).

Autumn 2023 Autumn 2023, Lille and Uppsala, 100%, On-campus, English

Autumn 2024 Autumn 2024, Lille and Uppsala, 100%, On-campus, English

The PANGEA programme is an international joint Master's programme initiated and coordinated by the University of Lille (France). Lille's partner universities are Uppsala University (Sweden), the University of Minho (Portugal) and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) which all contribute with their expertise.

The programme comprises three specialised fields of Earth Sciences. You can choose from Palaeobiology, Geoconservation, and Applied Palaeontology. Uppsala University contributes to the programme with its expertise in Palaeobiology. You will study at two or more partner universities, depending on your choice of specialisation and study plan.

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 programme leads to the degree of 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.

The first semester will be at the University of Lille where you will strengthen your basic knowledge. After the first semester, you move to the partner university that teaches the specialised track of your choice. The tracks include research in palaeobiology, applied palaeontology (stratigraphy, basin analysis, environmental paleontology), and geoheritage (science communication, networking, management). If you 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 choose at which of the partner universities you want to do the work.

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

Courses within the programme

See the programme outline for courses within the programme.

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

The need for earth scientists is increasing in the labour market, primarily in the environmental and natural resources areas, which are growing strongly nationally and internationally. The Palaeobiology track of the programme provides good opportunities for postgraduate education with subsequent research careers. Read more about career opportunities on PANGEA's webpage.

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.