Fact file - 2018 entry
3 year full-time
Subjects required depend on your chosen pathway but include a minimum of A in the required subjects for your pathway.
38 (including 6/7 in the required subjects for the pathway)
75 in total for BSc MSci
A level offer:Required subjects:IB score:Course places:Campus:School:Type and duration:
Our natural sciences degrees are flexible, multidisciplinary programmes that allow you to study more than one science subject for the duration of your course.
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The three-year BSc in Natural Sciences is a multidisciplinary degree which allows you to study three subjects in the first year and continue with two subjects in the second and third year. The combination of subjects which you study in the first year allows you to find out what each subject is like at university before you specialise further. You will also have the opportunity to explore specialist areas through optional modules as you progress through the course. Both of the subjects taken beyond the first year will be studied to degree level. This degree aims to provide you with a broad knowledge and understanding of your chosen areas of science, as well as experience of interdisciplinary study.
You will choose a three-subject pathway from the 13 listed below and study 40 credits of each subject. Lecture-based theory modules are supported by smaller group classes, practical work in laboratory classes, problem-solving classes and the field. The objective of the first year is to provide you with a broad foundation of knowledge upon which you can build the rest of your studies.
|Archaeology - Biological Sciences - Chemistry
|Biological Sciences - Chemistry - Mathematics
||Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics
|Biological Sciences - Physics - Mathematics
||Biology, Mathematics, Physics
|Chemistry - Physics - Mathematics
||Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
|Environmental Science - Biological Sciences - Chemistry
|Environmental Science - Chemistry - Geography
||Chemistry, Other Science*
|Geography - Biological Sciences - Chemistry
|Geography - Biological Sciences - Mathematics
|Mathematics - Psychology - Chemistry
|Physics - Geography - Mathematics
|Physics - Psychology - Mathematics
|Psychology - Biological Sciences - Chemistry
|Psychology - Biological Sciences - Mathematics
*Other Science - includes Biology, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics and Physics
You will continue on a pathway comprising of two of their first year subjects. Each subject is studied in greater depth and with opportunity for specialisation within a subject. You will take 60 credits of modules from each subject and greater emphasis will be put on studying outside of formal classes. Many of the theory modules will be enhanced by practical work in laboratories, field work and problem-solving classes as well as tutorials and workshops.
You will continue with the same two subjects studied in the second year taking 50 credits in each. The modules available in the third year become more advanced and provide greater flexibility through optional modules, focusing on specialist areas within the subject. You are expected to be proactive and manage your own time and learning. Much of the teaching is delivered by lectures but there is also practical laboratory and field work and small group classes like seminars, workshops and tutorials. Emphasis will put on self-reliance and putting what you have learned in previous years into practice. Alongside subject-specific study, you will undertake a 20 credit synoptic module which aims to provide a broader view of science and its communication, and to tie together the subjects you are studying through an interdisciplinary group project.
A levels: A*AA, subjects required depend on your chosen pathway but include a minimum of A in the required subjects for your pathway, usually from biology, chemistry, maths and physics. General studies, critical thinking, CIE global perspectives & research, CIE thinking skills and citizenship studies are not accepted.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE), which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English. Successful students can progress onto their chosen degree course without taking IELTS again.
For details see alternative qualifications page.
Flexible admissions policy
In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy
. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures
for more information.
We value diversity and are committed to equal opportunity.
Notes for applicants
The first two years of the Natural Sciences degrees are common to both degrees and students are able to change between BSc and MSci programmes at any time within the first two years of the course, providing they meet the progression requirements.
Pathway choice is flexible and you are able to change pathway at any time up to and including your arrival in Nottingham, provided you meet the entry requirements for your new pathway.
You will choose a three subject pathway and 40 credits of each subject are studied in the first year. The majority of the modules are compulsory but there are limited optional choices. Depending on your chosen pathway, your modules will differ. For examples of typical modules offered by each department, click on the links below.
For details of the specific modules by pathway, please visit the Natural Sciences website.
Cellular Biology Pathway
Genes, Molecules and Cells
Cellular Biology pathway
Genes, Molecules and Cells
Organismal Biology pathway
Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour
You will continue with any two of your first year subjects. Each subject is studied in greater depth, with many subjects allowing you to tailor your studies through optional modules. You will take 60 credits of modules from each subject and find that greater emphasis is put on studying outside of formal classes.
For more detailed module information by pathway, please visit the Natural Sciences website
Typical year three modules
You will continue with the same two subjects studied in the second year taking a further 60 credits of each. The modules available in the third year become more advanced and provide you with greater flexibility through optional modules, focusing on specialist areas within the subject.
For more detailed module information in by pathway, please visit the Natural Sciences website.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
On completion of your course you will have gained a multidisciplinary degree which will prepare you for further study or work in many exciting interdisciplinary areas of modern science, such as nanotechnology, systems biology, sustainable energy technology, environmental science or chemical physics. You will have acquired professional, analytical and communication skills, as well as an understanding of scientific investigations, which will allow you to be confident about working in a variety of scientific fields. You will also have developed valuable transferable skills in information technology, time management, critical thinking, organisation and team working.
Average starting salary and career progression
These are the average starting salaries for 2016 full-time graduates of the schools which contribute to natural sciences*:
- School of Biosciences - £21,597
- School of Chemistry - £24,150
- School of Geography - £XX
- School of Life Sciences - £XX
- School of Mathematical Sciences - £25,619
- School of Physics and Astronomy - £24,386
- School of Psychology - £17,915
* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Careers support and advice
Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.
Fees and funding
Scholarships and bursaries
The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.
Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.
* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.
Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship is available for select students paying overseas fees who achieve 40 points or above in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We also offer a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees. Find out more about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.
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