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Notes for North American Visitors
Notes for Overseas Applicants
Note à l'attention des visiteurs francophones

Notes for North American Visitors
A British MSc, or Masters degree, is broadly equivalent to a North American (U.S. or Canadian) Masters (MS). The course here typically lasts for 12 months, rather than two years, and it is a free-standing qualification.

The Bristol MSc in Palaeobiology has developed a strong reputation since it began in 1996. So far, nearly 300 students have completed the qualification, and around 20 students are enrolled each session. Students choose Bristol because of its reputation, the strong research focus, and focus on publication, and because of the broad range of palaeobiological study available. There are about 60 palaeobiologists in Bristol (staff, postdocs, graduate students) at any time, and subject matter is diverse, from conodonts to dinosaurs, trilobites to mammals, mass extinctions to biomechanics, cladograms to Lagerstätten.

We have been pleased to welcome overseas students on the course, including numerous U.S. citizens. Overseas and British students have used the Bristol MSc has a prelude to a PhD programme in North America, at the Universities of Chicago (2), Columbia, Dartmouth, Edmonton, Florida, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Kansas, Northern Illinois, Rhode Island, Toronto, and the City University of New York, amongst others.

Notes for Overseas Applicants
Perhaps you are considering acquiring a British qualification? Perhaps you would like to improve your English?

In the modern scientific world, the key scientific publications are now in English, and it is important for people from all lands to be able to communicate at an international level.

In Bristol, we have a long tradition of cooperation with scientists from all parts of the world, and, in the past ten years, we have had graduate students and postdocs from Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the United States in the palaeobiology group. Students from Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, the United States, and Venezuela have completed, or are currently studying, on the Masters in Palaeobiology programme. There is a real international buzz in Bristol.

A British MSc, like an American MS (both called 'Masters' degrees), is a qualification that falls between a first degree and a doctorate. The Bristol MSc in Palaeobiology is roughly equivalent to a French D.E.A., a German Vordiplom, an Italian Laurea...

We welcome overseas applicants for the Bristol MSc. For Europeans, there may be some financial support through an EU programme.

Please note that you must achieve an adequate level in your knowledge of English before you can enroll for the degree (TOEFL, 610+; IELTS, 6.5+; CBT, 253+). But there is nothing like living in the country, and receiving an intense professional course! We concentrate on research skills, such as writing scientific papers, creating web sites, data analysis, and career progression, as well as, of course, giving you courses on all the latest scientific ideas in modern palaeobiology.

Note à l'attention des visiteurs francophones
Peut-être considérez-vous suivre une formation britannique? Peut-être souhaitez-vous améliorer votre anglais?

Dans le monde scientifique moderne, la majeure partie des publications est désormais publiée en anglais, et il est important que les chercheurs de tous les pays puissent communiquer à un niveau international.

A Bristol, nous avons une longue tradition de coopération avec des scientifiques francophones. Par exemple, nous avons ici en permanence des thésards et des postdocs français, canadiens et belges. Nous avons des contrats de collaborations de recherches avec des paléobiologistes en France, en Canada, en Roumanie, et en Tunisie. Des étudiants français, belges et canadiens ont travaillés à Bristol vers leurs Masters in Palaeobiology.

Un MSc britannique, tout comme un MS américain (tous les deux appelés 'Masters'), est un diplôme situé entre un premier degré universitaire britannique (équivalent à une licence) et un doctorat. Le MSc in Palaeobiology de Bristol est équivalent à un D.E.A. français.

Nous encourageons les étudiants d'Outre-Mer à se candidater pour le MSc bristolien. Les ressortissants de la Communauté européenne peuvent bénéficier d'une certaine aide financière par l'intermédiaire d'un programme de la C.E.

Veuillez noter que vous devez posséder une connaissance de l'anglais adéquate avant de vous inscrire pour suivre notre MSc (TOEFL, 610+; IELTS, 6,5+; CBT, 253+). Mais il n'y a rien de tel que la vie dans le pays et de suivre un cours professionnel intense pour parfaire sa connaissance de la langue! Nous nous concentrons tout particulièrement sur une approche pratique de la recherche (comment écrire un article scientifique, créer un site Web, gérer sa carrière, analyser des données quantitatives) tout en assurant des cours sur les toutes dernières idées scientifiques dans la paléobiologie moderne.


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