Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Natural Sciences

Biosciences

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
MSci (Hons) DPS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich FCG0 AAA 1 October 2018 21 June 2023
MSci (Hons) 4 years full-time CGF0 AAA 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich CFG0 AAB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time GFC0 AAB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021

£17M

investment in new STEMLAB facilities

NEW

courses for 2018

Natural Sciences course overview

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

Building on the University’s established reputation in the fields of bioscience, chemistry, geography, materials, mathematics and physics, 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.

Developing the powerful skills needed to work between disciplines and communicate across them, you will be taught by academic staff who are internationally renowned experts in their respective fields and active in interdisciplinary research.

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. You will be among the first students to benefit from the investment in a suite of laboratories for practical in the physical and natural sciences. The bio-laboratory will provide students with opportunities to gain applied experience with biological samples. There is also an “Ideas Lab” – a dedicated space allowing students to interact with each other, share ideas and contribute to interdisciplinary discussions. The University boasts excellent facilities and resources for materials engineering and geography, as well as ongoing investment in new physics and chemistry labs and a recently relocation to refurbished premises for its mathematical sciences department.

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:

  • Bioscience
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Materials
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Core modules depend on the areas of study chosen, but could include: Fundamentals of Chemistry (Chemistry); Mechanics of Materials (Materials); Fields and Forces (Physics); Mathematical Methods (Mathematics); Genetics and Molecular Biology (Bioscience); Environmental Hazards (Geography).

Year 2

Building on the pathways chosen in Year 1, you will focus on developing key skills across these areas. You will chose two to three pathways from:

  • Bioscience
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Materials
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

These will determine the core modules studied. You will also choose from a range of options, including: Energetics and Equilibria (Chemistry); Phase Transformations in Materials (Materials); Nuclear Physics (Physics); Probability Theory (Mathematics); Metabolic Basis of Health (Bioscience); River Ecology (Geography).

Optional placement/study year

Students can choose to 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, gaining valuable experience to support your future career.

Year 3/4

Students will conduct a research project and, depending on choices in year two, will take core modules in up to two subject areas and choose from a range of options.

Year 4/5 (MSci)

In addition to a compulsory major independent research project in your chosen subject area, there is a choice of optional modules to further flexibly tailor your course. 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. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

 

Assessment

Depending on the nature of the material, some modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination (for example 25% coursework and 75% examination), whilst other modules are assessed by 100% coursework or 100% by examination.

Coursework is based on a variety of tasks including individual essays, projects, laboratory work, contribution in tutorials, group work and presentations.


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

Biology, Physics, Geography, Geology, Psychology and Environmental Science are all considered as science subjects for admissions purposes. Physical Education is not counted as a science but is acceptable as a third subject.

Selection

Applicants are selected on the basis of their UCAS application. In some cases we may invite applicants for interviews in order to assess academic potential beyond that provided as part of the application. We hope that all applicants would take 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

Practical Science is not required.

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.

Additional costs for course

Some optional modules within Natural Sciences incur additional costs, such as the cost of field trips.  These costs vary considerably by module and will be communicated and explained to students at the point of module selection.  All costs associated with compulsory modules will be met by the academic School and optional modules with no additional costs are always available for students to select.

There may also be additional costs related to completion of your research project (dissertation). Depending on the topic you choose to research and the nature of the project there may be travel costs, field expenses and postage costs that you will need to meet. 

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