Subjects on Natural Sciences
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Archaeologists study all periods ranging from the earliest human origins to later prehistoric and historically documented societies, developing their knowledge by studying material remains. It is an interdisciplinary subject which combines elements of the arts, science and social sciences and provides an excellent background for a variety of careers. During your study you will develop practical techniques and theoretical knowledge and learn to integrate scientific approaches with human perspectives of the past.
Biological Sciences is a vast subject which encompasses a range of sub-disciplines relating to life and living organisms. From year one you follow either a molecular or organismal subpathway through Biological Sciences developing your understanding of genetics, cell biology and molecular biology or ecology, organismal biology and evolution through theory and practical classes. Optional modules allow you to add to this with biochemistry, genetics, neurobiology, developmental biology, evolutionary biology and immunology.
Chemistry is the study of the composition and properties of matter and the changes it undergoes. It is the key to understanding the natural world and to enhancing our quality of life and the environment. During the first year you study inorganic, organic and physical theory and gain laboratory experience in each branch of chemistry. As a result of this comprehensive study you can choose to continue any two branches of chemistry from your second year with the opportunity to specialise further through options which highlight the research interests of the School.
Environmental Science provides a systems-based approach to the analysis of environmental problems. Your study will involve elements of geography, physics, biology and chemistry to further your understanding of the Earth's processes, the interaction of organisms with the environment and the monitoring, modelling and remediation of pollution. Your study in the first year provides an broad view of theory and field and laboratory techniques which allows you to focus your study in later years in whatever areas most interest you.
Geography is the study of the Earth, its lands, features, phenomenon and inhabitants. Natural Scientists focus on the scientific side of geography looking at the dynamics of physical landscapes, geomorpholoy, biogeography, environmental change and management, geographic information science and geospatial technologies. You continue to develop your knowledge and technical skills through the course with modules which allow you to explore your interests through taught classes, fieldwork and independent research.
Mathematics is the language of science, technology and commerce and underpins applications from telecommunications to the origin of the universe and from the human genome to financial markets. Natural Scientists focus on applied maths covering fundamentals like calculus, linear algebra and computational foundations. As you progress you can explore the subject with options including fluid dynamics, scientific computation, mathematical modelling and biomedical mathematics.
Physics is a fundamental subject which serves as the foundation of science and engineering. Advances in physics are responsible for transforming the modern landscape and developing many of the important technologies in today's society from computers to refrigerators, mobile phones to television. In the first three years you pursue a comprehensive theoretical or experimental route through physics and in the fourth year a wide range of optional modules allow you to explore key research areas within the school.
Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes, human behaviour, its origins and the context in which that behaviour occurs. It can be broken down into different areas: the biological perspective, concerned with the structure and function of the nervous system; the cognitive view, looking at functions like memory, language and perception; the social side, studying interactions and how individuals in groups behave; and the developmental approach, interested in how behaviours develop from childhood through to adulthood.