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Bachelor of Science (Palaeontology)

Explore and interpret the history of life on Earth.

Focused on uncovering long-buried secrets that deepen our understanding of how life on Earth evolved, this degree provides you with in-depth knowledge and appreciation of the Australian fossil record in addition to a broad-based foundation in palaeontology and allied disciplines. You will also will develop a range of transferable research, analytical and communication skills.

Quick Facts

Duration: 3 years full-time
Start Date: March, July
Tuition Fee: $36,500
Location: Bedford Park, Australia


Assumed knowledge:


IELTS total:
Pearson overall score: 50
CRICOS code: 098228C
Delivery mode: On campus: Bedford Park

Why study Palaeontology at Flinders

  • Study the first and only palaeontology named degree in Australasia
  • Learn in our purpose-built Palaeontology Laboratory
  • Combine specialist palaeontology study with biodiversity and conservation, biological diversity, earth and environmental science, and biostatistics
  • Undertake a research project and further advanced level coursework as an honours student

Practical experience

The degree provides you with practical experience that prepares you for the workforce.

  • Gain hands-on experience in a range of field- and laboratory-based settings.
  • Collaborate on projects in our state-of-the-art, purpose-built hub.
  • Excavate and analyse real fossil deposits from the Naracoorte Caves (SA) and Alcoota Fossil Reserve (NT).


“I had a nice relationship with all my lecturers. They were committed to helping you out with everything, especially if you showed that you cared about your work. Uni organised for me to go to Flinders Partners to work on software for innovation management. I was so pleased when they offered me a full-time position.”

Nadine Saadi // Flinders University student


This degree provides you with the tool-set necessary for palaeontological careers anywhere in the world, whether your interests include working in a museum, evolutionary studies, fieldwork, ecological/environmental research, teaching or science communication.

Potential occupations include:

  • collection manager (palaeontology)
  • resource information officer
  • technical officer
  • senior curator
  • scientific consultant.

Potential employers include:

  • universities (researcher/teacher)
  • museums (curator/collections manager)
  • science media agencies