Natural Sciences MSci Hons - 2017 Entry

UCAS Code
FCF3

Entry Year
2017

A Level Requirements
A*AA-AAA see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 4 Year(s)

Course Overview

Unlike traditional science degrees, Natural Sciences at Lancaster will allow you to pick from a wide choice of scientific areas and study two or more science subjects throughout your degree course. This is a challenging programme as you will be taught to the same depth of understanding as single honours students in each subject. Although primarily a science degree, it is possible to study up to one quarter of your degree in a non-science subject.

All students begin their degree studying three subjects. You can choose three sciences or two sciences and a non-science subject. Subjects include Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Communications, Computing, Engineering (Electronic and Mechanical), Environmental Science, Geography, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology and a wide range of humanities and social sciences.

At the end of this year, you can continue studying all three subjects – selecting the part of each single honours degree scheme that suits your abilities and ambitions. Alternatively, you can drop one subject and continue with a two subject degree.

In your second year, you begin to specialise. In each of your chosen subjects you can select from a series of themes, with a considerable variety of modules. For example, Biological Sciences themes include Microbiology and Biomedicine, Biochemistry and Genetics and Ecology and Environmental Biology.

On our MSci course you can choose to complete your studies after three years, and graduate with a BSc degree, or proceed to the fourth year of the MSci degree. The fourth year of the MSci is aimed at students seeking a career in research and development and contains higher level courses plus a major research project component.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    Unlike traditional science degrees, Natural Sciences at Lancaster will allow you to pick from a wide choice of scientific areas and study two or more science subjects throughout your degree course. This is a challenging programme as you will be taught to the same depth of understanding as single honours students in each subject. Although primarily a science degree, it is possible to study up to one quarter of your degree in a non-science subject.

    All students begin their degree studying three subjects. You can choose three sciences or two sciences and a non-science subject. Subjects include Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Communications, Computing, Engineering (Electronic and Mechanical), Environmental Science, Geography, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology and a wide range of humanities and social sciences.

    At the end of this year, you can continue studying all three subjects – selecting the part of each single honours degree scheme that suits your abilities and ambitions. Alternatively, you can drop one subject and continue with a two subject degree.

    In your second year, you begin to specialise. In each of your chosen subjects you can select from a series of themes, with a considerable variety of modules. For example, Biological Sciences themes include Microbiology and Biomedicine, Biochemistry and Genetics and Ecology and Environmental Biology.

    On our MSci course you can choose to complete your studies after three years, and graduate with a BSc degree, or proceed to the fourth year of the MSci degree. The fourth year of the MSci is aimed at students seeking a career in research and development and contains higher level courses plus a major research project component.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Grade Requirements

    A Level A*AA-AAA including two sciences

    International Baccalaureate 38-36 points overall with 17-16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in two Higher Level science subjects

    BTEC Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction to Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject including sufficient science content at Distinction.  BTEC qualifications will be considered on individual basis to assess eligibility

    Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject including Distinctions in the majority of units. Access qualifications will be considered on individual basis to assess eligibility

    Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international qualifications webpage or contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly

    Essential Subjects

    A range of Advanced/Higher Level subjects, including two sciences from Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Environmental Science, Geography, Human Biology, Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology is required for entry

    GCSE Mathematics (B); English Language (C)

    IELTS 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component)

    Further Information

    Subject specialism A level subjects affect availability of course specialisms - Mathematics specialism require grade A Mathematics, Physics specialism require grade B in Physics and Mathematics, Chemistry specialism require grade B in Chemistry. 

    Excluded Subjects General Studies/Critical Thinking/Citizenship

    Combination of Qualifications We welcome applications from students with a combination of qualifications, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly for further advice

    Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed

    Contact Undergraduate Admissions Office + 44 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    Natural Sciences students create their own individual degree programme by combining modules taken from single honours programmes. For example a student combining the study of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry would take the following first year modules:

    Year 1

      Optional

    This would lead on to a wide choice of second, third and fourth year modules in each discipline. For details of individual modules please go to the module list for each degree scheme. This example is just one of a large number of possible combinations of pathways. For more detailed information about pathways please visit the Natural Sciences web page.

    Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

  • Careers

    Careers

    Lancaster’s Natural Sciences degree develops skills in data handling, evaluation and interpretation, problem solving in an analytical and logical way, numeracy, IT and project management. These interdisciplinary skills create varied opportunities in many science-related careers.

    Previous graduates have entered an extremely varied range of careers, from science-based roles, such as medicine, forensic science and public health, to management, journalism, consultancy and information technology. Many of our graduates have continued on to postgraduate education, both at Lancaster and at other institutions. Recent graduates are now studying Biomedicine and Ecology and the Environment.


    Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

     

  • Fees and Funding

    Fees and Funding

    Fees

    We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2017/18 entry fees have not yet been set.

    As a guide, our fees in 2016 were:

    UK/EU Overseas
    £9,000 £17,470

    Funding

    Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education and we have committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries. 400 students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.

    Scholarships recognising academic talent:

    • An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications 
    • An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A, or the equivalent academic qualifications.  In addition, students from household incomes of less than £42,600 who achieve higher entry grades of A*, A*, A (or equivalent academic qualifications), will also be awarded our £2,000 Academic Scholarship in their first year of study.
    • An Excellence Scholarship which forms part of the Unconditional Offer Scheme for full time UK applicants with outstanding academic profiles within a number of academic departments.

    Bursaries for life, living and learning

    • Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600 

    Any financial support that you receive from Lancaster University will be in addition to government support that might be available to you (eg fee loans) and will not affect your entitlement to these.

    For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

    Dependent on subject choice the course offers optional field trips which may incur travel costs.

    Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews. 

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