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MSci in Natural Sciences (Full Time)

University of Nottingham

Course Description

Develop a general overview of natural sciences and in-depth research level experience of selected natural sciences topics.

Many of the big challenges of the 21st century such as climate change, energy, sustainability, security and health require an interdisciplinary approach to find solutions.

At the University of Nottingham we are transforming lives, shaping the future and improving societies across the world. As a natural sciences student you will be taught by scientists across eight schools who are working towards solutions to today’s global problems.

Our natural sciences degrees are multidisciplinary single honours programmes which prepare you to meet this challenge by allowing you to study more than one science for the duration of your course. The flexibility of the programme allows you to study a diverse mix of subjects and specialisms from across science within a structured framework that allows you to reach an advanced level in your chosen subjects.

At a glance:

  • Study two or more of the subjects you are currently enjoying, at university-level
  • Explore new areas of science alongside those which are more familiar
  • Develop your interests in a specific interdisciplinary area such as climate change, nanotechnology, energy, neuroscience, or systems biology
  • Unlock your potential with a science degree which allows you to keep your career options open, thanks to a choice of 13 different pathways
  • Graduate well prepared for a career where knowledge of more than one science is advantageous

You begin studying a combination of three subjects in your first year fromarchaeology; biology; chemistry; ecosystems and environment; earth science; mathematics; physics; psychology. This allows you to find out what each of these subjects is like before you specialise further in your second year, choosing two subject to continue to degree level.

The final year of the MSci provides you with professional skills in research and investigation, preparing you for a career in that field. In addition, you will have developed academic knowledge and a variety of technical and transferable skills which makes you highly desirable in the graduate employment market within the science sector and beyond. A natural sciences degree leaves you well prepared regardless of the career path you choose.

Develop a general overview of natural sciences and in-depth research level experience of selected natural sciences topics. Many of the big challenges of the 21st century such as climate change, energy, sustainability, security and health require an interdisciplinary approach to find solutions. At the University of Nottingham we are transforming lives, shaping the future and...

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Entry Requirements

A levels

Standard Offer: A*AA, subjects required depend on your preferred pathway but include a minimum of A in the required subjects for your pathway, usually from biology, chemistry, maths, and physics  (see Year One for a full list of required subjects).

Alternative Offer: AAA plus an A in the EPQ, A in the Individual Project component of the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate or M1 in the Independent Research Report of the Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Research. 

Applicants receiving an alternative offer as a result of studying a project-based qualification (above), will be given both the Standard and Alternative Offers.  

Cambridge Pre-U qualifications can replace A levels in required subjects

International Baccalaureate: Standard Offer 38 including 7,6,6, in higher level subjects, required subjects depend on your preferred pathway. Alternative Offer: 36, including 6,6,6 in higher level subjects and an A in the Extended Essay, required subjects depend on preferred pathway.

General Studies, critical thinking, CIE global perspectives & research, CIE thinking skills and citizenship studies are not accepted.

A levels Standard Offer: A*AA, subjects required depend on your preferred pathway but include a minimum of A in the required subjects for your pathway, usually from biology, chemistry, maths, and physics  (see Year One for a full list of required subjects). Alternative Offer: AAA plus an A in the EPQ, A in the Individual Project component of the Welsh...

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Additional Information

Teaching methods and assessment

How you will learn will depend on the subject you are studying. Typically you can expect:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • problem classes
  • laboratory sessions
  • field trips (primarily biological sciences and geography)

Assessment will again be determined by the module you are studying. Typically you will have:

  • written exams
  • presentations
  • coursework
  • laboratory reports
  • oral exams
  • research project

Study abroad

Natural Sciences is available as both a BSc and an MSci with international study where students spend their third year at one of our international partners.  Students can transfer onto the programmes with International Study up to November of their second year. 

Teaching methods and assessment How you will learn will depend on the subject you are studying. Typically you can expect: lectures seminars workshops problem classes laboratory sessions field trips (primarily biological sciences and geography) Assessment will again be determined by the module...

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