Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme will help you develop key knowledge and research skills in the field of earth history and palaeontology. You will receive basic training in earth sciences, with a specialisation in stratigraphy, sedimentology and palaeontology.

This course is very flexible; it is offered as part'time study at Birkbeck or you can study it by distance learning, wherever you are in the world. There is no fieldwork requirement, although you are welcome to attend field classes if you wish.

Course Modules

To gain the Certificate in Higher Education, you must successfully complete the following modules, worth a total of 120 credit points.

Year 1 compulsory modules:

• Earth History

• Introduction to Geology

• Invertebrate Palaeontology

Year 2 compulsory module:

• Principles of Sedimentology

Year 2 option modules (choose three):

• Advanced Palaeontology

• Assessed Field Techniques 1

• Introduction to Astrobiology

• Palaeoecology

• Tectonic Geomorphology

• Vertebrate Palaeontology

Please note: Two option modules ' Advanced Palaeontology and Tectonic Geomorphology ' are available in alternate years.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Part Time
Certificate of Higher Education - CertHE £4,625 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
Certificate of Higher Education - CertHE £4,625 Overseas Fees