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The award
BSc

How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 21500 per year

All study options

About Natural Sciences at University of Leeds

Society has an urgent demand for scientists who can tackle complex problems by bringing together the ideas of different disciplines. This integrated Masters programme prepares you to take on the scientific challenges of future decades.

On this course, the concepts and language of multiple sciences are taught to you from the beginning. You'll build solid foundations in three science subjects, coming to specialise in two subjects in your final year. By developing your knowledge of multiple subjects side by side, you'll acquire a unique version of how the ideas and tools of science link together in our understanding of the natural world. The available subject options are biochemistry, biology, chemistry, environmental science, food science and nutrition, mathematics, and physics.

Within the programme structure you have the opportunity to tailor the scientific components of your degree and their individual weightings to create a course that builds you into the scientist you want to be.

Enhancing your degree

This course offers the opportunity to gain industrial experience on a placement year or to study abroad for a year. Both schemes add an additional year to the course, taking the total length of the programme to 5 years.

Our industrial placement scheme gives you the opportunity to gain work experience in an industry relevant to your degree and interests. Our students often describe this industrial experience as an invaluable part of their degree and one which stands them in good stead for their future careers.

The study abroad year enables you to gain insight into the study of natural sciences at one of our partner universities overseas. Many students have found this to be extremely worthwhile in helping broaden their horizons in terms of learning about a new culture and improving their foreign language skills.

  • Course content

    You'll initially study three subjects, from a choice of biochemistry, biology, chemistry, environmental science, food science and nutrition, mathematics, and physics, specialising in two of these in either year 2 or 3.

    Your second year is very flexible. You can either study two subjects with equal weightings, study two subjects with a major/minor split, or study three subjects. Your third subject will be your minor subject and can be either a science carried over from first year or a discovery module, such as a language or business course.

    In your third year, you'll study two sciences. You can choose to study the two subjects equally or as a major/minor split.

    In the fourth year, you'll study two sciences and undertake a major research project, which you'll undertake in our research laboratories. The project can be based solely in one scientific area or you could do an interdisciplinary project, building on your knowledge of two sciences.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Entry requirements, fees and applying

      Entry requirements

      A-level: A*AA including sciences relating to pathway.

      Your A-level subject combination must enable the study of 3 subjects in year 1. See table below for details of which A-level is required to study which subject on the course.

      Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.

      Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking

      GCSE: English Grade C, if a Mathematics A Level equivalent is not required then a minimum Grade B in GCSE Mathematics is required

      • Career opportunities

        As a Natural Sciences graduate, you'll be ideally positioned to pursue a research career in your chosen scientific field or mathematics, having experienced four years of study and gained an insight into the development of new knowledge and its applications.

        For many graduates the natural progression is into postgraduate study, to further develop their research skills and subject knowledge. However, there are also many opportunities to immediately take up employment in research or in an area such as consultancy, teaching, or other science related fields, where your multidisciplinary skills will be in high demand.

        The breadth of subject knowledge, research skills and practical experience that you will gain whilst studying Natural Sciences will open the door to a wide range of employment opportunities. Whether advancing knowledge in a research role or leading economic, environmental, social or political change in a professional capacity, you'll not only shape your own future but that of many others.

        Throughout your studies we will provide all the advice, support and guidance you need to find a career that suits you. Visit our employability pages to find out more.

        Careers support

        Throughout your degree course we will make sure that you have the support and opportunity to develop the skills and experience you'll need to make the most of your career choices.

        Our industrial placement scheme allows you to gain valuable work experience that can help you stand out from the crowd. You could also secure a part-time job that you can feature on your CV through the students' union's Joblink.

        Our study abroad scheme allows you to experience another culture and develop life skills, which many employers value. The students' union also provides volunteering opportunities which can help you in your personal development.

        We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

        Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

        The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

      • Study abroad and work placements

        Study abroad

        On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

        Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

        Spending a year living and studying in another country is a unique experience. Unlike the passing tourist, you have the chance to totally immerse yourself in another culture. You will gain unforgettable experiences and memories that you will draw upon in your working and personal life for years to come. In addition to this, the proven ability to live and work in an international context is an asset that employers actively seek.

        On this course you have the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad. During your year abroad, you'll study natural sciences at your host institution.

        Students who spend a year in Europe through the ERASMUS programme also receive a maintenance grant for their year away and pay a reduced tuition fee for the year abroad.

        Work placements

        Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

        Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

        The industrial placement ('Year in Industry') scheme provides you with the opportunity to experience salaried work before you graduate. Employers actively seek graduates who already have work experience and it can make all the difference in interviews. In addition, the opportunity to work every day with scientists who are experts in their field is an incredible opportunity to enhance your knowledge.

        An industrial placement will boost your self-confidence, not only in your chosen subject area, but in the marketplace generally. You will be able to choose from a range of industries in which to work. In previous years, students have worked at many prestigious companies.

        During your industrial placement you'll have an industrial supervisor from within the company, plus an academic supervisor who will keep in touch throughout your placement.

        If you are not sure right now whether or not an industrial placement is right for you, don't worry - you will not have to start applying for placements until the beginning of your second year.

      • Related courses

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        Biology and Mathematics BSc
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