5 reasons to study natural sciences at Bath

From flexibility to placements and multiple career options, there are many good reasons to study natural sciences with us. Here are our top 5.

1. Choose your own direction

Natural sciences is multidisciplinary, so you’ll be able to study across the subjects of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental science, pharmacology and physics.

You can play to your strengths or challenge yourself with new subjects by building your own portfolio of units to study. You can adjust your level of specialisation as your career plans develop or even broaden your course further by taking non-science subjects such as management or education.

There's no cap on numbers taking individual subjects within natural sciences, so you're free to choose whichever units you want to within a subject stream. And if you decide during your first year you do want to specialise, you can talk to us about continuing in a single honours subject in your second year.

'My advice would be to take advantage of the incredible variety on offer. I was able to change from my major of physics to environmental sciences in my final year. Play to your strengths and interests and you’ll come out with a unique skill set applicable in a broad range of careers.' — Sophie Ward, Natural sciences graduate

What our students did

Natural sciences students talk through the options available on the course and what they've chosen to study.

2. Placements to benefit your career

Placements are a great way to help with your career choices, build your network and experience the world.

Nadia Jaszczynska

'The placement helped me to be better at university, because you had to get up at the same time every morning and be productive in the day and that's what I applied in my 3rd year as well.' — Nadia Jaszczynska, BSc (Hons) Natural sciences including placement

Bath is well known for the range and quality of placements on offer and as a natural sciences student, you'll have more options. Put simply, you'll have a wider choice of placements to apply for than a single honours students.

Places can't be guaranteed, but all our placements are supported by our dedicated, award winning team who have a centralised database of opportunities and long standing relationships with employers. They'll help you design and polish your CV and help you practice for the interview.

3. Increase your career opportunities

Studying natural sciences prepares you for a wide variety of careers.

Not only in science or industry, but also in management, marketing, policy, sales or beyond.

Here are just some of the jobs our recent graduates have gone on to:

  • Climate change policy advisor
  • Research Office
  • Medical Writer
  • Headteacher
  • Pilot
  • Creative Director
  • Software Engineer
  • Lecturer
  • Police officer

Well known companies and institutions they're working at include:

  • Proctor & Gamble
  • University of Victoria
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Dyson
  • BP
  • BBC
  • AstraZeneca

4. Support for you throughout your studies

When you start a natural sciences degree, we go out of our way to make sure you'll have the same support network as any single honours students.

You'll have a personal tutor who'll stay with you throughout the course, and one of our current students will be assigned as a peer mentor to share the benefits of their experience and help you with everything from study choices to social life.

Our academics offer a welcoming, open door policy; 95% of students agreed they were able to contact staff when they needed to in the National Student Survey 2019.

The Natural Sciences Society also organise events throughout the year, so you'll be able to meet and share experiences with fellow students. In fact, with the range of subjects on offer, you'll have access to a wider range of students than many other courses.

'At any point during my degree, I felt like I could walk up to any academic, and ask them any questions about work, course content or even personal issues. It's really helped me flourish as a student.' — Ibrahim Ahmed, MSci (Hons) Natural Sciences including placement

5. Be part of world-leading research

With access to staff from many different departments, and our relaxed, open-door policy, you'll benefit from the wide ranging research carried out by our academics.

Natural sciences students working in the biosciences lab

Their work ensures course units stay at the cutting edge and you'll have the opportunity to observe or even take part in real world research, giving you more options for your CV. 90% of students agreed that staff made the subject interesting in the National Student Survey 2019.

You can read more about some of our recent research work in the examples below:

'Natural Sciences gives one the background to ask more overarching questions, and at the very least understand the language used by two sets of scientists.' — Dr Peter Sloan, Department of Physics