Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Natural Sciences

Biosciences

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date
MSci (Hons) DPS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich FCG0 AAA 1 October 2018
MSci (Hons) 4 years full-time CGF0 AAA 1 October 2018
BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich CFG0 AAB 1 October 2018
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time GFC0 AAB 1 October 2018

£17M

investment in new STEMLAB facilities

NEW

courses for 2018

Natural Sciences course overview

The complex problems we face in the modern world often require scientists to adopt a multidisciplinary approach in the search for solutions.

Our Natural Sciences course is a broad based combined honours degree with a core of biology and chemistry together with a range of life and physical science options.

It enables students to work across more than one discipline by providing the flexibility to study three disciplines chosen from a range of physical and biological sciences in year one, before specialising in two disciplines by year three.

Students will also conduct their own laboratory-based project.

Facilities

STEMLab is a £17 million investment in new state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and part of a wider £25 million investment in our campus which includes an adjacent student learning and teaching hub. STEMLab will include a suite of laboratories for practical work in bioengineering, allowing students crucial opportunities to gain applied experience with biological samples in a safe and modern environment.

Coming soon! Brand new STEMLab

Take a virtual tour of STEMLab, a state-of-the-art laboratory facility arriving for our students in 2017. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, the home of our Engineering Schools.

Modules


Year 1

Students will choose three subjects from the following list:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics,
  • Physics

Core modules depend on the areas of study chosen, but could include:

  • Molecular Basis of Life (Biochemistry)
  • Cell Biology (Biology/Biological Sciences)
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry (Chemistry)
  • Mathematical Methods (Mathematics)
  • Mechanics (Physics)

Year 2

Depending on the pathways chosen in Year 1, you will choose two to three subjects from

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

These will determine the core modules studied.

You will also choose from a range of options, including:

  • Metabolism and its Regulation in Health (Biochemistry)
  • Ecology of Nutrition (Biology/Biological Sciences)
  • Energetics and Equilibria (Chemistry)
  • Probability Theory (Mathematics)
  • Nuclear Physics (Physics)

Optional placement/study year

Students taking the four-year course spend their third year on placement in an approved occupation relevant to their degree.

Satisfactory completion of the placement leads to the award of the Diploma in Professional Studies.

Year 3/4

Depending on choices in year two, students will take core modules in two subject areas and choose from a range of options.

Year 4/5 (MSci)

Students progressing to part D can take Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Mathematics and Physics.

In addition to a compulsory project in their chosen subject area, there is a choice of optional modules.

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

FCG0 Natural Sciences - MSci (Hons) DPS/DIntS

A-Level
AAA including two sciences of which one can be Mathematics dependent on the chosen pathway
IB
37 (6,6,6 HL) with any two of Mathematics, Physics, Biology or Chemistry at HL dependent on the chosen pathway
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science:: D*D plus A Level science or Maths at grade A. Dependent on the chosen pathway.
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics grade C/4

CGF0 Natural Sciences - MSci (Hons)

A-Level
AAA including two sciences of which one can be Mathematics dependent on the chosen pathway
IB
37 (6,6,6 HL) with any two of Mathematics, Physics, Biology or Chemistry at HL dependent on the chosen pathway
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science:: D*D plus A Level science or Maths at grade A. Dependent on the chosen pathway.
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics grade C/4

CFG0 Natural Sciences - BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS

A-Level
AAB including two sciences of which one can be Mathematics dependent on the chosen pathway
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) with any two of Mathematics, Physics, Biology or Chemistry at HL dependent on the chosen pathway
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science:: D*D plus A Level science or Maths at grade B. Dependent on the chosen pathway.
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics grade C/4

GFC0 Natural Sciences - BSc (Hons)

A-Level
AAB including two sciences of which one can be Mathematics dependent on the chosen pathway
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) with any two of Mathematics, Physics, Biology or Chemistry at HL dependent on the chosen pathway
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science:: D*D plus A Level science or Maths at grade B. Dependent on the chosen pathway.
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics grade C/4

Selection

Applicants are selected on the basis of their UCAS application, and additionally an interview in order to assess academic potential beyond that provided as part of the application. An interview also gives applicants the opportunity to visit the department, meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Practical Science

If you are studying a Science A level and it includes a separate practical assessment, then you must also achieve a Pass in this assessment.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £19,900

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Graduate destinations

Employers are increasingly looking for graduates with expertise in multiple science subjects. Natural Sciences graduates will be equipped with knowledge, practical laboratory experience and professional and transferable skills that will prepare them for a wide variety of careers in such areas as scientific research and analysis, health, medicine, and environmental consultancy, as well as graduate positions in finance and management.

Industrial placements

We have strong industry links which help our students secure year-long and flexible work placements in the UK and internationally. These placements are an invaluable opportunity to advance your skills, and apply your knowledge to a working environment.

Student testimonials will be added shortly.

Department / School Key Information Sets

MSci (Hons) DPS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: FCG0

MSci (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: CGF0

BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: CFG0

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: GFC0