Fact file - 2018 entry
4 years full-time
Subjects required depend on your chosen pathway but include a minimum of A in the required subjects for your pathway.
38 (including minimum of 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 four-year MSci in Natural Sciences is a multidisciplinary science degree which allows you to study three subjects initially and gradually specialise over the course of your degree. The combination of subjects that you study in the first year allows you to find out what each subject is like at university before you decide what to continue studying. 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.
In addition to providing a broad knowledge in each of the subjects, the MSci is designed so that you gain professional skills in research and investigation, preparing you for a career in that field. As well as providing good grounding for a career in research the MSci is a qualification required by employers for some graduate-level job opportunities in industry.
You will choose a three-subject pathway from the 13 listed below and study 40 credits of each subject. The majority of study in the first year is compulsory although there will be a limited range of options in some subjects. Lecture-based theory modules are supported by smaller group classes and practical work in laboratory classes, problem classes and the field. The first year will provide you with a broad foundation of knowledge, upon which you can build for 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 - Chemistry - Geography
||Chemistry, Other Science*
|Environmental Science - Biological Sciences - Chemistry
|Geography - Biological Sciences - Chemistry
|Geography - Biological Sciences - Mathematics
|Physics - Geography - Mathematics
|Physics - Mathematics - Psychology
|Psychology - Biological Sciences - Chemistry
|Psychology - Biological Sciences - Mathematics
|Mathematics - Chemistry - Psychology
*Other Science includes: Biology, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Maths and Physics
You will continue with 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 there is a greater emphasis on study outside of formal classes. As in the first year many of the theory modules will be supported by practical work in laboratories, field work and problem classes as well as tutorials and workshops.
You will continue with the same two subjects studied in the second year taking a further 50 credits of each. The modules available in the third year become much more advanced and you will be allowed greater flexibility through optional modules focusing on specialist areas within a subject. You are expected to be more 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. There is an emphasis within all classes on self-reliance and putting what you have learned in previous years into practice. Alongside subject-specific study, you will undertake a synoptic project aiming to provide a broader view of science and tie together the different subjects through an interdisciplinary group project.
You will choose one of your third-year subjects to focus on in the fourth year, spending half your time working on an independent research project aiming to develop the skills needed to pursue a career in research. Alongside the project you take taught modules in your main subject and if you wish to maintain some breadth you can also take options from your other third year subject. Many of the modules in the fourth year have a greater focus towards developing skills you would need for a successful career in research, as well as providing advanced knowledge.
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. Critical thinking and general studies 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.
Typical year one modules
You will choose a three subject pathway, 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 specific modules by pathway, please visit the Natural Sciences website.
Typical year two modules
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 there is a greater emphasis on study outside of formal classes.
For more detailed module information in 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 50 credits of each. The modules available in the third year become more advanced and you are allowed greater flexibility through optional modules which focus on specialist areas within the subject.
For more detailed module information in by pathway, please visit the Natural Sciences website.
Typical year four modules
MSci students will choose one of their year three subjects in which to carry out a major research project. The project is an opportunity to consolidate learning from previous years and to apply that knowledge in a world-class research environment with support of university staff. Alongside the project students can take options from one or two subjects.
For more detailed module information about the master year, 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 2015 full-time graduates of the schools which contribute to natural sciences*:
- School of Biosciences - £19,010
- School of Chemistry - £21,889
- School of Geography - £21,702
- School of Life Sciences - £19,571
- School of Mathematical Sciences - £23,996
- School of Physics and Astronomy - £25,389
- School of Psychology - £21,016
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on 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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