Natural Sciences MSci (Hons)

5 years with study year abroad, 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 2 of Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or Physics following successful completion of a Year 1 double stream in that subject.

The Master of Science (MSci) course provides you with the same core sciences but in more depth than the BSc. It also gives you greater exposure to current research.

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.

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.

Course structure

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

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year abroad
  • Year 4
  • Year 5

Year abroad

Broaden your horizons with a year studying at a university abroad. You’ll experience another culture whilst studying a course that complements your studies at Bath.

We have links with universities in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Europe, including University of Nebraska, National University of Singapore, University of Canterbury and University of Helsinki.

Find out more about study abroad.

Learning and assessment

Learning

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

Assessment

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

Contact time with staff

In your first year, you should expect to spend at least 31% of your time in a lecture, seminar or practical/lab setting and ​69% of the time in independent study. Your unit option choices will determine your future contact hours.

Find out more about contact time with staff
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 including Mathematics and two subjects from Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Desirable A level subjects

Preference for two core sciences (from Biology, Chemistry or Physics) alongside Mathematics at A level or Higher Level.

If you are only studying one core science alongside Mathematics then we may be able to consider you for one of our courses:

In exceptional circumstances we may consider applicants 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, in order to discuss whether your subject combination is suitable.

A level subjects that will not be considered in your application

A level General Studies will not be considered. We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh).

Alternative offer A Level

AAA

AAA including Mathematics and two subjects from Biology, Chemistry or Physics, plus one of the following:

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

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Typical offers for other qualifications

International Baccalaureate

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 prior to applying, in order to discuss whether your subject combination is suitable.

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer:
Pass 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 then you must be studying both Organic and Inorganic Chemistry units.

BTEC

Typical offer:
Obtain D*D*D* in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) in Applied Science plus grade A in A level Mathematics.

We are able to consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas (QCF) in Applied Science in combination with A level Mathematics. It is important that your combination of optional units has an appropriate mix of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics content to prepare you for our course. In exceptional cases we may be able to consider applicants with AS level Mathematics at grade A (or equivalent) for a restricted selection of options, however, this also depends on your combination of BTEC units. Please contact us to discuss the suitability of your optional units before making an application.

If you are studying towards a Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma or a new specification BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF), please contact us for guidance.

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

Cambridge Pre-U

Typical offer:
D2, D3, D3 including Mathematics and two subjects from Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

If you are only studying one core science alongside Mathematics then we may be able to consider you for one of our courses:

Alternative offer:
D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics and two subjects from Biology, Chemistry or Physics, plus one of the following:

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

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Typical offer:
H1, H1, H1, H2, H2, H3, with H1, H2, H2 in Mathematics and two subjects from Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

We have a strong preference for applicants who offer two core sciences alongside Mathematics. However please contact admissions@bath.ac.uk if you are only studying one core science alongside Mathematics at Higher Level, to discuss whether your subject combination is suitable.

Open University 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

This information is a guide and all students applying with Open University Credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. We may be able to consider alternative units to those listed. Please contact us to discuss your profile.

Typical offer:
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.

Please note that taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Scottish Highers

Typical offer:
AAA in Advanced Highers including Mathematics and two subjects from Biology, Chemistry or Physics plus AAAAA in Scottish Highers.

We have a strong preference for applicants who offer two core sciences alongside Mathematics. However please contact admissions@bath.ac.uk if you are only studying one core science alongside Mathematics at Advanced Higher level, to discuss whether your subject combination is suitable.

Combinations 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 if they are in the same subject area.

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
    GFCB
  • 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
+441225383019

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