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5 reasons to study natural sciences at Bath

From flexibility to placements and multiple career options, there are lots of reasons to study natural sciences at Bath. 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 say

Current students talk about what it's like studying natural sciences at Bath.


2. Go on a year-long work placement

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


We have over 50 years of experience offering placements and links with some of the world’s leading research institutions and global companies. As a natural sciences student, you'll have a wider choice of placements to apply for than a single honours student.

Our specialist placements team offers dedicated support when you're looking for a placement and throughout your placement year.

Many of our placements are also paid, so you can earn valuable income to help support your studies.

‘Our graduate prospects are amazing because of the placement programme.’
Emily Morton (on placement at L'Oréal) BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences including placement year

3. Increase your career opportunities

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


You can go into roles in science or industry, as well as 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 Officer
  • 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. Great support throughout your studies

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 a current student will be your peer mentor to 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 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 get to meet a wider range of students than on most other courses.

'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 year


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 you 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

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