Your Course

Our Natural Sciences programme is designed to exploit the flexibility of Lancaster's modular courses. It is built upon our nationally recognised teaching excellence and our international research reputation.

Keeping your options open

A particularly attractive feature of Lancaster's Natural Sciences degree scheme is that at the end of the first year there are several possible options still available:

  • Carry on with your original three subjects
  • Drop one of your original subjects and continue with a two-subject degree
  • Depending on the modules you have chosen, you can transfer out of Natural Sciences into the second year of a single honours course

Many of our students have been applicants who did not want to commit themselves to a single subject and have found this breathing space invaluable in ensuring that they are studying the best degree, with the best combination of subjects for their particular talents and interests.

Choose your degree

Our Natural Sciences programme comes in four variants.

Entry Requirements

The standard entry requirements for all of our courses is A*AA - AAA at A level, plus Mathematics to Grade B at GCSE.

In addition, entry to some first-year courses requires that you hold A-level qualifications in particular subjects. Please see the list below:

SubjectA level
Chemistry Chemistry
Chemical Engineering Mathematics and Chemistry
Electronic Engineering Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering Mathematics
Mathematics Mathematics
Physics Physics and Mathematics

Non-A level Entry Requirements

Enquiries are welcomed from candidates with other qualifications, such as GNVQ, BTEC, Open University, Open College, ONC, HNC, HND, Scottish Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate and International Baccalaureate.

Overseas Qualifications

We also welcome applicants offering a range of overseas qualifications. Find out more about Lancaster's approach to international qualifications.

Language Requirements

If your first language is not English you will be asked for a recognised English language qualification. More information on Lancaster University's English language requirements.

Deferred Entry

Enquiries from candidates considering a future application or deferred entry are also welcome.

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Degree Structure

As a Natural Sciences student at Lancaster, you will take three pathways in your first year (Part I). At least two of these must come from pathways offered by the following departments.

Biological Sciences Chemistry Computing and Communications Engineering
Environmental and Earth Science Geography Mathematics  Medical School
Physics Psychology    

During your first year, you would normally take three equally weighted pathways.  A pathway consists of a series of modules each covering a different aspect of a subject. Modules are made up of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and laboratory-based practical work.

Successful completion of the first year allows you to progress into the second year. First-year marks do not contribute towards your final degree classification. It is from second, third and possibly fourth year (Part II) that your degree classification will be based. Each pathway offers a range of second, third and fourth-year modules to choose from.  

Concentrating on two subjects

You can make your degree more specialised by concentrating on only two subjects. If it is important to you to get professional accreditation with your degree (BPS, IoP, RSC etc.) then this is achievable with a Natural Sciences degree.  You should discuss this option with the Director of Natural Sciences at an early stage in your studies who will advise on the necessary requirements.  You can undertake a teaching PGCE qualification in any subject that you have taken 50% or more of your degree in.

Moving to a single-honours degree

In certain circumstances, you can transfer out of the Natural Sciences programme into the second year of a single-honours degree. This will be dependent on you having taken all of the necessary first-year pre-requisite courses.

Four-year MSci degree

Our MSci is a good choice if you are aiming at PhD studies or hope to go into research in industry. Your first three years will be identical to the BSc degree. Your fourth year will be more specialised and can consist of studies in two subjects or complete specialisation in a single subject.

All of the courses taken in the final year will come from the fourth year of other four-year undergraduate programmes or from postgraduate masters programmes.

Whilst there is the opportunity to undertake short projects in your second and third years, up to half of the fourth year will comprise of an open-ended research project.

Transferring between programmes

As your career plans start to take shape you may want to transfer your registration between our different degree programmes.

Progression into the fourth year of the MSci course is dependent upon achieving at least upper second class honours marks at the end of the three-year BSc programme.