Natural Sciences MSci (Hons)

5 years including placement year, starting in September 2018

Gain a wide range of skills and intellectual experience in core science subjects, giving you the flexibility to shape your degree to your career aspirations.

This is the course for you if you love studying natural sciences (chemistry, biology, physics) at school or college and want to maintain your breadth of study. Design your own degree to suit your interests and strengths. You’ll be able to take your existing scientific skills further, explore new areas and apply what you’ve learnt in practical and relevant ways.

Employers will value your ability to bring problem-solving skills from a variety of different angles. You’ll graduate with the breadth of knowledge and practical skills to prepare you for a career in industry or for postgraduate research. If you decide during the first year your interests fit better within a single science, you may transfer to year two of Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Pharmacology or Physics following successful completion of a year one double stream in that subject.

Subject combinations and units

Major subjects are chosen from Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry and Physics. Environmental Science and Pharmacology are also available but can only be Major subjects on the BSc course. Minor subjects are chosen from the full list of sciences. Options are more science, Mathematics, Psychology, Management or Education units. Regardless of the major or minor you choose, you will take a final year project as a compulsory unit in your final year.

Studying a maths stream is required to support the study of physics but optional if you want to use your maths to support the study of the life sciences.

You can design your perfect course before you enrol using our online course selection tool. Here you'll find the full range of subject combinations and units available.

Teaching

You’ll learn from academics with expertise in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental science, pharmacology and physics.

Their international collaborations and research activities feed into undergraduate teaching and contribute to your learning experience. 94% of Natural Sciences students agreed that their learning benefited from modules informed by current research (National Student Survey 2017).

Facilities

You’ll learn alongside single-honours students in the subjects you choose, with access to the wide range of laboratories and specialised facilities provided by the individual departments you’re studying in. You’ll also be supported during your studies by regular small group tutorials and one-to-one meetings with a Personal Tutor.

Careers

A wide range of career opportunities are open to you as a Natural Sciences graduate including in scientific and manufacturing industries, research and development. You’ll also be well suited to roles in management, marketing, sales, purchasing, patenting and environmental management.

Recent employers include Deloitte, BP and the World Health Organisation. Many of our graduates also choose to go on to postgraduate study in preparation for academic or industry-based research careers.

Find out more about what our graduates go on to do.

Course structure

This course lasts 5 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2023. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Placement
  • Year 4
  • Year 5

Placement

Apply your skills and knowledge to a year working professionally. You’ll be employed full-time in a role to match your future career ambitions. It will broaden your experience and transferable skills, giving you a competitive edge when applying for graduate jobs.

We have links with some of the industry’s leading companies. Recent employers include QinetiQ, CERN, Ernst & Young, UK Met Office, GlaxoSmithKline and European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF).

Placement opportunities can not be guaranteed but you will receive tailored support from our specialist team to help you secure a placement.

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Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Practical work
  • Seminar
  • Written examination

Typical assessment breakdown

This average assessment breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Your specific unit choices will determine the actual breakdown of assessment methods that you will experience.

% written exam % practical exam % coursework
Year Written Exam Practical Exam Coursework
Year 2 89% 11% 0%
Year 3 0% 0% 100%
Year 4 83% 10% 7%
Year 5 87% 3% 10%

Typical contact time breakdown

This average contact time breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Scheduled learning and teaching may include: lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Your optional unit choices will determine your actual personal contact hours.

% time in scheduled learning and teaching % time in independent study % time in placement/year abroad
Year Scheduled Independent Placement
Year 1 31% 69% 0%
Year 2 30% 70% 0%
Year 3 0% 0% 100%
Year 4 20% 80% 0%
Year 5 20% 80% 0%
Christian Woolf
“I loved being able to apply my skills outside of the lecture theatre. It was great to be able to make decisions that had real-world impact and measurable results.”
Christian Woolf

MSci Natural Sciences with placement year (2017)

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Entry requirements

Your application, especially your personal statement, should demonstrate your enthusiasm for studying sciences. This might include relevant reading, voluntary or work experience, areas of interest from your current studies or other relevant extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. When describing your experiences you should reflect on what you have learnt from them, how they have influenced your development or how they are relevant to your future studies.

You will need a strong performance in Mathematics as part of your entry qualifications. Ideally you will also have a strong performance in at least two of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The options available to you during the degree will depend on which core sciences you enter with. We can accept the combination of Mathematics and Chemistry without a second science; if you have only studied Mathematics and either Biology or Physics you may wish to consider our Biology or Mathematics & Physics degrees.

In exceptional circumstances we may be able to consider you with AS Level Maths at grade A (or equivalent) for a restricted selection of options; however, this also depends on subject combination. Please contact admissions@bath.ac.uk prior to applying to discuss whether your subject combination is suitable.

If you are taking A levels, we may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

Qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level

A*AA

A*AA in three A levels including Mathematics and two subjects from Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

Alternative offer A Level

AAA

AAA in three A levels including Mathematics and two subjects from Biology, Chemistry or Physics, plus one of:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer.

Typical offer International Baccalaureate Diploma

36 points

36 points overall and 7, 6, 6 in 3 Higher Level subjects including Mathematics and two subjects from Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

We have a strong preference for applicants who offer two core sciences from Biology, Chemistry and Physics alongside Mathematics at Higher Level. We may be able to consider you if you are studying Mathematics or one core science at Standard Level (at grade 7) alongside two Highers in the other relevant subjects. If you are not studying two core sciences and Mathematics at Higher Level please contact admissions@bath.ac.uk before applying to discuss whether your subject combination is suitable.

Typical offer BTEC

D*D*D*

D*D*D* in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF)/ BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) plus grade A in A level Mathematics.

We are able to consider the above qualifications in Applied Science alongside an A level in Mathematics. Your BTEC qualification must have an appropriate combination of Chemistry, Biology and Physics content to prepare you for the course. Please contact us to discuss your units before making an application.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Typical offer Cambridge Pre-U

D2, D3, D3

D2, D3, D3 in three principle subjects including Mathematics and two subjects from Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Alternative offer Cambridge Pre-U

D3, D3, D3

D3, D3, D3 in three principle subjects including Mathematics and two subjects from Biology, Chemistry or Physics plus one of:

  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives
  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer.

Typical offer Scottish Highers

AAA in Advanced Highers

AAA in three Advanced Highers including Mathematics and two subjects from Biology, Chemistry or Physics plus AAAAB in five Scottish Highers.

Typical offer Access to HE Diploma

36 credits at Distinction

A pass in the Access to HE Diploma (in Science or Science and Engineering) with at least 36 credits achieved at Distinction and 3 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction.

We are able to consider the Access to HE Diploma for entry. You will need to have studied Mathematics units worth at least 12 credits at Distinction plus at least two further core sciences (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) worth at least 12 credits at Distinction each. If you wish to take Chemistry options on our course you must be studying both Organic and Inorganic Chemistry units.

Typical offer Open University credits

Pass units worth 120 credits including a minimum of Pass Grade 2 with 80% in both S104 Exploring Science and a Level 2 Mathematics unit worth 30 credits.

Typically, we would be looking for you to have studied units worth at least 120 credits, including at least 30 credits at Level 2. We would ideally be looking for you to be taking units including: S104: Exploring Science, MST124: Essential Mathematics 1 and MST224: Mathematical Methods.

Typical offer Combination of qualifications

Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.

We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC:

  • A*A at A level plus D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject including Mathematics and two subjects from Biology, Chemistry or Physics
  • A*A at A level plus 6 in an IB Higher Level (HL) Certificate including Mathematics and two subjects from Biology, Chemistry or Physics. While we do not consider the IB Careers Programme for entry, we are able to consider the combinations of components that are typically offered by this route, such as BTEC and IB HL Certificate combinations

We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications in the same subject area.

Ireland qualifications

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H1, H1, H2, H2, H3 in 6 Irish Leaving Certificates with H1, H2, H2 in Mathematics and 2 subjects from Biology, Chemistry or Physics..

Hong Kong qualifications

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

5*55 in 3 elective subjects including 2 from Biology, Chemistry or Physics plus 5* in core Mathematics and 5 in the Algebra and Calculus extended paper.

France qualifications

French Baccalaureate

16 overall, with 16, 15, 15 in Biology (Life and Earth Sciences), Mathematics and Physics/Chemistry.

Option Internationale du Baccalaureat (OIB)

15 overall, with 16, 15, 15 in Biology (Life and Earth Sciences), Mathematics and Physics/Chemistry.

European Baccalaureate qualifications

European Baccalaureate

85% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics (5 periods) and 2 subjects from Biology (4 periods), Chemistry (4 periods) or Physics (4 periods) and 9.0 in one of these.

India qualifications

Higher Secondary School Certificate (12th Standard)

Average of 85% across 4 subjects with 85% in Mathematics and 2 subjects from Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

We do not accept Physical Education as one of these 4 subjects.

These requirements are for the CBSE, HSSC and ISC boards. Please contact us if you are taking this qualification with a different board.

United States of America qualifications

Advanced Placement Tests

5, 5, 5 in 3 APs including Calculus plus 2 subjects from Biology, Chemistry and any one AP Physics.

You will also need to pass your High School Diploma and achieve an ACT score of 30 or SATR scores of 740 in both Mathematics and Evidence based Reading and Writing.

SAT Subject Tests

We do not accept SAT Subject Tests for direct entry to our degrees.

Spain qualifications

Titulo de Bachiller

A score of 9 overall with 9 in Mathematics and two further subjects from Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Germany qualifications

Abitur

1.3 overall with 14, 13, 13 in Mathematics and two further subjects from Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

The required grades in Mathematics and science subjects must be achieved in your final examinations if you take them. If you do not take one of these subjects in your final examinations, you will need an average grade across 4 semesters in it.

Singapore qualifications

Singapore A levels

AAA in 3 H2 level subjects including Mathematics and 2 subjects from Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options

Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Placement fees

Placement fees vary

You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.

Extra costs

For one of the units in Biology there is an optional field course to Gower, South Wales: £300, payable during the first semester of the second year.

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Natural Sciences
  • Final award
    MSci (Hons)
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Course code
    GFCA
  • Institution code
    B16
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Course enquiries

Undergraduate Selection
admissions@bath.ac.uk
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