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How can we solve challenges such as climate change, global health and plastic pollution? Natural sciences allows you to study more than one science to degree-level. This helps you understand how the different sciences work together. Interdisciplinary scientists are vital in finding solutions to ‘big-world’ problems.
We offer multiple combinations of nine subjects:
Gain practical experience ready for graduation with a placement year. Previous students have worked at Accenture, KPMG and EMEC Ecology.
Our degrees are accredited by The Society for Natural Sciences.
A variety of teaching formats are used including lectures, seminars, problem classes, workshops, practical laboratory sessions and fieldwork. You will use modern facilities and equipment.
All subjects use a research-led approach to teaching so that students are learning about the latest developments from staff who are involved in inspiring research.
The BSc in Natural Sciences allows you to gain a broad understanding of chosen science subjects over three years studying three subjects in the first year and two in the second and third year. It will prepare you for further training or study in many interdisciplinary areas of science as well as for graduate-level employment both within the science sector and beyond.
The MSci in Natural Sciences is aimed at students who are interested in pursuing a career in research. In the fourth year, students focus on a single subject and develop key transferable skills through completion of a major research project as well as taking a mixture of specialist modules from one or two subjects. This provides the foundation required for students to pursue a research degree such as a PhD, as well as for direct entry into graduate-level employment both within the science sector and more generally.
The methods of assessment vary from module to module and from school to school. Types of assessment commonly used include written examinations, in-class tests, essays, laboratory reports, field reports, projects, computing assignments and project work.
Natural sciences graduates are highly regarded by employers because students acquire a broad range of scientific knowledge, as well as transferable skills such as communication, numeracy and problem solving.
They are well qualified for a wide variety of careers such as research and development, marketing and management in a wide range of scientific industries including the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries. They are sought by all sectors of business and manufacturing as well as service industries such as insurance and finance.
Natural sciences graduates are ideally prepared to undertake further study, such as graduate-entry medicine courses or specialist training to qualify as teachers, accountants or actuaries.
The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).
Students can apply to spend the third year abroad as part of a named programme on either the BSc or the MSci.
Successful applicants spend a full year overseas at one of our partner universities arranged through the University-wide scheme. This programme involves partner universities from around the globe including the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea; Sweden and Ireland.
Students should be aware that the combination of subjects they are studying and whether they are taking the BSc or MSci will have an impact on how long a term of study abroad they can undertake as well as when and where they can go.
We usually consider candidates on the basis of their UCAS form without interview. In the case of students from non-standard backgrounds, an interview may be required.
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