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Natural Sciences online open day

Love science? We let you build your own modular degree from the best of Lancaster's science and technology courses.

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We have dedicated channels for each of our subject areas, as well as for any other questions you have about student life.

Staff and students are online to answer your questions about studying Natural Sciences at Lancaster University.

Welcome to Natural Sciences

Professor Crispin Halsall, Dr Mick Urbaniak, Dr Anthony Nixon and Carla James welcome you to this online open day and explains Lancaster's unique Natural Sciences degree.

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How does it work?

Our students explain how the Natural Sciences degree scheme works, and how you can access your classes in each of your different study areas.

Where is Natural Sciences on campus?

You will study Natural Sciences in the different departments across the University - for instance, if you choose an Engineering Pathway, you'll study in the Engineering Department for those modules. The administrative hub in the Faraday Building is situated just five minutes walk from the centre of campus, where you can access shops, cafes, study spaces and the Library.

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Choose from our Pathways

A Natural Sciences degree allows you to choose up to 3 different Pathways from the subject areas below. Each subject area can contain more than one Pathway. Each of these Pathways then offers a mix of core modules, and optional modules, allowing you to create a truly unique degree programme that best suits your interests and talents.


  • Biology


    Fundamental biological mechanisms are related to the environmental challenges of the 21st century, such as food security, environmental pollution, ecosystem functioning, sustainable resource management and biodiversity conservation. You will be trained in the scientific study of interactions between organisms and the environment, and how these are modified by human activities.

    Biochemistry and Cell Biology

    Cellular biochemistry examines the macromolecular structure and the relationship of cellular organisation to the central pathways of intermediary metabolism and the physical processes underlying cellular functions. Cell biology covers the interactions within and between cells which allow them to perform their function in the whole organism. Genetics examines the mechanisms of heredity, moving through Mendelian genetics and its extensions to molecular genetics.

    Ecology and Conservation

    Interactions between organisms, the environment and humanity are often complex. You will receive a thorough grounding in ecological theory and how these biological principles relate to the conservation of wildlife and ecological habitats. The pathway also concerns the practice of ecology and has a strong fieldwork component designed to encourage you to develop your practical skills.

    Microbiology and Biomedicine

    This pathway contains a balanced mixture of biochemistry, microbiology and physiology. It attempts to demonstrate the relevance of microbiology to human affairs, whether the connection is direct, e.g. diseases of humans, or indirect, e.g. the control of diseases of food crops. Although some lectures deal specifically with one group of microbes, i.e. bacteria, fungi or protozoa, entire modules emphasise ecological and functional relationships between different groups of microbes.

  • Chemistry

    Chemical Measurement and Analysis

    Chemical theory and analysis relates to the measurement, rationalisation, and prediction of the chemical and physical properties of individual molecules and bulk materials. This pathway covers the theory and practical application of techniques in physical, analytical, and computational chemistry. It also prepares you for potential research projects in physical and computational chemistry in your final year.

    Chemical Synthesis and Structure

    Chemical synthesis concerns the creation of new molecules. Key to this is understanding molecular reactivity and mechanism techniques to design and synthesise molecules, and how we can characterise and measure their properties. This pathway develops knowledge and practical skills across all of synthetic chemistry and prepares you for potential research projects in chemical synthesis in your final year.

    Environmental Chemistry

    Environmental chemistry specifically relates to the chemistry of the aqueous, atmospheric and terrestrial environments. This Pathway is designed to give a thorough grounding in chemistry whilst covering the techniques and methodology of environmental chemical analysis, together with an introduction to environmental planning and assessment.

    Due to the complexity of this subject and the background knowledge it requires in later years, this Pathway is double weighted. As such you can only take one other Pathway with this option.

  • Computing

    Computing and Communications

    The School of Computing and Communications is one of the UK’s leading departments (positioned 7th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research REF2014) offering an extensive portfolio of high-quality programmes for undergraduate and postgraduate study, taught by a team of acknowledged world experts in their field. This Pathway covers practical storage and usage of data and digital media and its applications.

  • Engineering

    Chemical Engineering

    Chemical Engineering influences numerous areas of technology. These Pathways will help you to develop the skills needed to conceive and design processes for the production, transformation and transportation of materials.

    Due to the complexity of this subject and the background knowledge it requires in later years, this Pathway is double weighted. As such you can only take one other Pathway with this option.

    Electrical Engineering

    This Pathway will help you develop a sound foundation in all aspects of Electronic and Electrical Engineering that is crucial to the design and manufacture of future systems in the medical, environmental, energy, transport and ICT markets. You will also have the opportunity to specialise in areas including wireless communications, silicon chip design, nanotechnology, green technologies and power generation.

    Due to the complexity of this subject and the background knowledge it requires in later years, this Pathway is double weighted. As such you can only take one other Pathway with this option.

    Mechanical Engineering

    Mechanical Engineering is a field covering any industry that uses moving parts, from construction to transport; medicine to manufacturing; renewable energy to consumer technology. Our programme gives you the skills necessary for the subject, with an applied focus on mechanical system designs.

    Due to the complexity of this subject and the background knowledge it requires in later years, this Pathway is double weighted. As such you can only take one other Pathway with this option.

  • Environmental and Earth Science

    Earth Science

    The solid rocks that comprise Earth’s upper crust contain a record of change driven by processes originating from the core to the atmosphere over a period exceeding 2 billion years. This Pathway provides the basic skills needed to read this record and understand how Earth has evolved over both long and short periods of time. You will have the opportunity to take a number of field-based modules in both the UK and abroad.

    Environmental Science

    This Pathway aims to train you in those areas of natural science (including chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, geology, physical geography) that are used to understand natural and anthropogenic processes on the surface of the Earth, rivers, lakes, oceans and the atmosphere, as well as Earth’s internal processes, against the backdrop of environmental change.

  • Geography

    Human Geography

    This Pathway provides you with an understanding of society, culture, development and issues of globalisation within a framework of environmental issues in the 21st century.

    Physical Geography

    You will learn about the main components of our ‘Earth-system’, how environments have changed in the past, what controls the dynamics of environments in the present, and how we can predict changes in the future. All this is studied in the context of an interconnected planet.

  • Mathematics

    Single Mathematics

    This Pathway allows you to continue your study of maths at degree level in a top-ranking department. You’ll focus on both pure mathematics and statistics with an emphasis on solving practical mathematical problems.

    Double Mathematics

    If you prefer to focus your studies on maths, we also offer a double-weighted Pathway that allows you to study the subject in greater detail. This incorporates the maths modules listed above and gives you the opportunity to concentrate on theoretical problems. As a double-weighted Pathway, you can only take one other Pathway with this option.

  • Medical School

    Human Physiology and Exercise Science

    If you are interested in science and physical education, this Pathway provides a solid foundation in application and performance modules. These will help to increase your understanding of the functions and regulations of the human body and physiological integration of the systems.

  • Physics


    You will gain a working knowledge and understanding of the physics of fluids and solids, especially their thermal and electrical properties, with an emphasis also on computing, classical mechanics and quantum physics.

    This Pathway requires a set of first-year maths-based modules, either through the Physics Department or the Mathematics and Statistics Department (under the Pathway Single Mathematics, on the previous page). As such, students taking Physics can only take one other Pathway in addition to either of the supporting Maths Pathways.

  • Psychology


    This Pathway develops your range of knowledge and skills in order to continue your study of psychology at degree level.

    Psychology with BPS accreditation

    This double-weighted Pathway allows you to study psychology and receive accreditation from the British Psychological Society. It can only be taken alongside one other Pathway and cannot be taken by BSc students intending to study abroad due to the accreditation regulations.


Sandra Georgescu, BSc Hons Natural Sciences

A home for Sandra

I was in my final year in high school, and I was initially looking for a degree that wouldn't constrain me to only one science, because I couldn't decide between them and wanted to do all of them. When I came across Lancaster - I saw its ranking position, and then the first thing that caught my eye was the campus - I did a virtual campus tour because I'm from Romania and couldn't come to an Open Day. It was amazing - I was like "this looks like the place for me!"

The flexibility of the degree is what I loved because not every university offers that level of control over all of your choices. In the first year, they tell you everything that you can do in your degree, so that makes it easier for you to choose what modules you want in your second and third year. I chose only the modules I wanted to do, and that was fantastic because it made me feel enthused - wanting to go to the lectures and wanting to go to the seminars because it's topics that you're interested in.

I feel I've made Lancaster my own little home. I have never been homesick, and I think that was because there were lots of activities to get involved in. Making friends at university wasn't scary at all, everybody was so nice and helpful. I found people were open and wanted to meet you and speak about different interests that you had in common. I'm now living in the city, and I find it amazing. I also enjoy hanging out with my friends at societies and socials.

Sandra Georgescu, BSc Hons Natural Sciences

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