Natural Sciences BSc (Hons) degree

3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with placement year

Typical offer
AAB Entry requirements
UCAS codes
3 years full-time: GFC0
4 years full-time with placement year: CFG0
Institute code
L79
Fees (per academic year)
UK / EU: £9,250
International: £23,100
Start date
27 September 2021
Subject area
Natural Sciences

The fees stated above are for the 2020/21 academic year; fees for 2021/22 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Overview

This course offers flexibility to study a combination of physical sciences including chemistry, biosciences, mathematics, geography, physics and materials.

The complex problems we face in the modern world increasingly require scientists to adopt a multidisciplinary approach in the search for solutions. Our BSc Natural Sciences degree is designed to give you the flexibility to gain skills and knowledge in more than one science.

Building on the University’s established reputation in the fields of biosciences, chemistry, materials, mathematics and physics, our Natural Sciences is a broad-based single honours degree that combines a variety of pathways from a range of life and physical science, as well as opportunities for interdisciplinary study.

Our BSc Natural Sciences degree allows you the flexibility to study a combination of disciplines chosen across the physical sciences, including, Chemistry, Bioscience, Mathematics, Geography, Physics, and Materials, with increasing specialisation across the years. Some pathway combinations may not be possible.

Developing the powerful skills needed to work between disciplines and communicate across them, our Natural Sciences degree is taught by academic staff who are internationally renowned experts in their respective fields and active in interdisciplinary research. You will be mentored to work independently and across the disciplines, conducting your own laboratory-based project.

Advances in the sciences are much more prevalent at the interface between the disciplines. This course offers students the chance to learn how to capitalise on the knowledge from multiple disciplines, with a focus on working and communicating across the sciences. These transferable skills are extremely relevant, and needed more and more for tackling real-world challenges.

What's the difference between MSci and BSc?

The Natural Sciences BSc (Hons) degree course equips you for employment in scientific and other sectors, while our MSci course (4 year or 5 year sandwich) will prepare you for research work in industry or PhD research. The MSci provides more in-depth/complex teaching of the subject as the course progresses.

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Why you should choose us

Why you should study this course

Advances in the sciences are much more prevalent at the interface between the disciplines.

This course offers students the chance to learn how to capitalise on the knowledge from multiple disciplines, with a focus on working and communicating across the sciences. These transferable skills are extremely relevant, and needed more and more for tackling real-world challenges.

The most enjoyable part of my course is learning about the various sciences and being able to incorporate them into each other.

Radhika BSc Natural Sciences

What you'll study

Excited to learn more? For a taster of what you can expect to study on our BSc Natural Sciences degree, take a sneak preview of some of the modules you may have the opportunity to study below.

The information below is intended as an example only, featuring module details for the current year of study. Modules are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to future changes – revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information.

Core modules (all pathways)

Mathematics for Problem Solving Compulsory

Mathematics for Problem Solving

Science Communication Compulsory

Science Communication

Statistics and Data Analysis Compulsory

Statistics and Data Analysis

Maths pathway

Mathematical Methods 1

The aims of this module are to to introduce basic ideas of differential calculus and integration and provide practice in common techniques used in mathematical applications.

Mathematical Methods 2

The aims of this module are: to introduce basic ideas of differentiation and integration in several variables and differential equations; to illustrate some of the connections between differential calculus and applications.

Linear Algebra 1

The aims of this module are: to introduce basic ideas of vector spaces; to introduce linear transformations and explain their relationship to matrices; to provide the basic methods of linear algebra for other modules throughout all mathematics-based programmes.

Linear Algebra 2 Compulsory

Linear Algebra 2

Physics pathway

Core Physics 1: Foundations of Physics

The core aim of this module is to introduce physics thinking, the worldview of the physicist and problem-solving approaches. You will gain experience with problem-solving using key ideas - from representing physical systems with generalised coordinates through to the role of symmetry and other unifying ideas such as least action. This module will enable you to begin to be able to set up models and solve them to better understand physical systems within the areas of classical mechanics and electromagnetism.

Core Physics 2: Classical Physics of Particles, Fields and Devices

Building on Core physics I, the core aim of this module is to further develop physics thinking, especially in terms of modelling using calculus in the areas of classical mechanics and electricity & magnetism. Going beyond the basics, you will gain experience in the design of simple devices such as motors and antennas.

 

Chemistry pathway

Fundamental Chemistry

The aims of this module are to:
1. Introduce bonding models and concepts for simple inorganic and organic compounds;
2. Introduce students to the basic principles of analytical chemistry.
3. Illustrate the various laws and principles of fundamental inorganic and organic chemistry;
4. Enable students to understand key chemical processes.

Structure and Reactivity 1

Introduces the fundamental concepts of structure and how this influences reactivity in organic and inorganic chemistry.

Bioscience pathway

Genetics and Molecular Biology

The aims of this module are to establish a basic understanding and application of: prokaryotic and eukaryotic molecular biology and genetics and how they aid the understanding of life on Earth via the important role of genetics in evolutionary and developmental processes; nucleic acid composition and how the physical and chemical properties of nucleic acids allow their manipulation in molecular biology; the biological variation in genome structure, organisation and packaging; genome replication and repair; genetic variation; gene expression through transcription, RNA translation; regulation of gene expression, the processes which link genotype to phenotype in a range of living organisms; the development of genetics as a science, from the experiments of Mendel to genome sequencing.

Biochemistry and Cell Biology

The aims of this module are to further the understanding of: the major types of living cells together with an emphasis on subcellular organelles that are common and differentiating among cell types; subcellular structures within biological systems and the common relationships between structure and function; transfers of energy in chemical reactions and biochemical pathways including the role and kinetics of enzymes in these processes ; energy transduction from chemical potential to biologically necessary work including energy flows vital for life that underpin future study of human nutrition, physical activity and exercise; the theoretical application of the principles and methods of practical cellular biology and biochemistry to experimental information.

Materials pathway

Introductory Materials Science

Students are introduced to engineering materials, their properties and applications and are also given an understanding of the major principles used in determining the properties and structure of materials.

Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria

The aims of the module are to acquaint students with concepts of differing energies and relationships in processes; to enable them to assess equations and calculate energetics of reactions and processes; and to understand the phase changes and microstructural development occurring in the manufacture of engineering products.

Introduction to Materials Processing

Students will be shown how to process a range of material types from raw material to finished part and how the selection of a processing method can influence the properties of the material.

Mechanics for Materials 1

Students are introduced to the basic principles of statics and the methods involved in one and two-dimensional stress and strain analyses.

Geography pathway

Earth System Science

The student will gain a broad understanding of the basic characteristics and functions of physical and biogeographical Earth systems and the sensitivity of such environmental systems to perturbations, both natural and human-made, on a variety of time-scales ranging from seasonal to geological.

Global Environmental Change at a Local Scale

Many environmental problems exist 'globally' in our imaginations, but the reality of global environmental change is a host of local phenomena. This module will describe, demonstrate and analyse the relevance of environmental change at local scales drawing examples from the Loughborough region.

Environmental Hazards: Mitigation and Management

The module will introduce students to a range of problems associated with human interactions with the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere and to various strategies for the management and mitigation of these problems.

Core modules (all pathways)

Interdisciplinary Science

The aims of this module are:
1. To introduce students to concepts of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary working.
2. To introduce students to the issues involved in the conception, design and execution of research projects
3. To develop essential science communication skills for interdisciplinary working
4. To develop students¿ skills to define and interrogate scientific problems within a multidisciplinary team
5. To present students to cutting-edge research across the physical sciences.

Maths pathway

Introductory Probability and Statistics

A module to introduce the basic concepts of probability and statistics and illustrate the relevance of these concepts to practical problem solving.

Mathematical Methods 3

This module provides an introduction to advanced mathematical methods underpinning mathematics-based programme and further practice in common techniques used in mathematical applications. It also introduces Fourier series and Laplace transforms.

ODEs and Calculus of Variations

The aims of this module are:
- to introduce the main ideas and techniques of the qualitative theory of ODEs and the Calculus of Variations;
- to teach students how to apply these ideas and techniques to the study of systems of ODEs and variational problems.

Statistical Modelling

The aim of this module is to show how statistical methods can be used to construct models relating a characteristic of interest to a set of explanatory, or predictor, variables.

Rings and polynomials Compulsory

Rings and polynomials

Complex Analysis

The aim of this module is to introduce the classical results in the theory of analytic functions of a complex variable.

Physics pathway

Core Physics 3: Quantum and Condensed Matter Physics

Building on Year 1 core physics, this module begins to develop aptitude in physics in areas pertinent to Loughborough University research strengths. The focus here is quantum, condensed matter, materials and an introduction to statistical physics.

Core Physics 4: Condensed Matter, Materials and Statistical Physics

Building on part III core physics this module further develops aptitude in areas pertinent to Loughborough research strengths. The focus here is condensed matter, materials and statistical physics.

 

Physics Laboratory I for Natural Sciences Compulsory

Physics Laboratory I for Natural Sciences

Chemistry pathway

Laboratory Skills for Natural Sciences

 

Structure and Reactivity 2

An introduction to the major types of chemical reactions in organic and inorganic chemistry, and the relationships between chemical structure, reactivity and behaviour of organic and inorganic compounds.

Spectroscopy and Analysis 2

The aim of this module is to familiarise students with the theory and applications of analytical separation and structural elucidation techniques and to develop their analytical data manipulation skills.

Bioscience pathway

Cellular Signalling and Transport

The aim of this module are to further the understanding of he different mechanisms by which cells respond to external stimuli, building an understanding of the steps involved in cellular signal transduction mechanisms, from arrival of signal at the cell membrane to alterations in cell structure with or without concomitant changes in gene expression.

Anatomy and Physiology

This module builds knowledge of the structure, function and homeostatic regulation of the human body with reference to integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, immune, endocrine and reproductive systems.

Functional Genomics

An introduction to a range of molecular biology, genetic engineering and bioinformatic techniques and how they are applied and adapted to answer major questions in the biological sciences.

Materials pathway

Materials Processing

Students are introduced to the underlying principle determining the processing, microstructure and resultant properties of a range of material types (including crystalline, semi-crystalline and amorphous) and to relate this to the application of these materials in product design.

Materials in Service Compulsory

Materials in Service

Materials Characterisation

This module works to develop the understanding of crystallography and materials characterisation techniques, including electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform, infra-red spectrophotometry (FTIR), raman spectroscopy and thermal-mechanical analysis methods.

Biomaterials 1

Students come to understand the types of materials used in tissue engineering, how to relate the mechanical/physical/chemical properties of a material with its correct use in the different biological tissues and consider the design and development of devices to replace or augment damaged or diseased body parts.

Geography pathway

Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the physical processes which shape the Earth's surface and the landforms and landscapes that are the result.

Environmental Systems and Resource Management

This module provides a scientific basis for understanding the spatial and temporal patterns of climate, water resources and biomes. It explores the interaction of these realms and assesses aspects of their management or mismanagement as resources that are useful to human endeavour.

Remote Sensing and GIS

The module will introduce the use of GIS as a means of solving geographical problems. Students will explore a variety of primary and secondary data acquisition methods including remote sensing and the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). They will engage in the manipulation, analysis, modelling and presentation of spatial data using GIS. Students will be able to use knowledge and skills from this module in practical project work. Examples will be drawn from both human and physical geography. Focus will be given to the development and reflection on those key and transferable skills of particular interest to graduate employers.

Core modules (all pathways)

Interdisciplinary Research Project Compulsory

Interdisciplinary Research Project

Maths pathway

Probability Theory

The aims of this module are: to introduce basic concepts and methods of probability theory; to provide the requisite theoretical background for later probability and statistics modules.

Graph Theory

The aims of this module are to: introduce students to modern concepts and methods of combinatorics and graph theory; provide powerful advanced tools to students in probability, number theory, optimal control, algorithmic complexity etc, applicable to modelling of a wide range of phenomena.

Advanced Differential Equations Compulsory

Advanced Differential Equations

Vibrations and Waves

The aim of this module is to investigate physical phenomena that involve vibrations and waves using appropriate mathematical tools.

Operational Research

The aims of this module are to introduce students to the nature of operational research and its techniques and to study linear programming and network optimisation in detail with appropriate modelling techniques.

Number Theory

The aim of this module is to provide students with fundamental methods involved in number theory and some of its diverse applications.

Game Theory

An introduction to the rigorous mathematical tools which are useful in economics analysis- to give students a solid mathematical background in game theoretic models.

Mathematical Biology

The aims of this module are: i) To introduce some mathematical models of biological systems and various techniques for analysing them; ii) To enable students to understand how mathematics can be used to model biological systems.

Physics pathway

Core Physics 5: Advanced Topics

This module introduces a selection of topics related to departmental research strengths and aims to provide you with an appreciation of the current state-of-the-art “hot” topics and the demands of more advanced study of physics.

General Relativity and Cosmology

The module is intended to provide an introduction to the theory of general relativity and its application for description of our Universe.

Physics Laboratory 2

Building on the part A laboratory, the central aim here is for you to become a competent experimental physicist who not only understands good experimental technique but can also engineer simple laboratory equipment and instrumentation.

Modern Optics

This module provides an overview of the physics of modern optical technology.

Statistical Physics

This module aims to correlate the microscopic properties of systems (electrons, atoms, molecules and magnetic moments on the sites of lattices), in an assembly of systems, with the macroscopic properties of the assembly.

Chemistry pathway

Modern Aspects of Organic Chemistry

The aim of this module is to review modern methods of organic synthesis, to present the principles and applications of orbital symmetry, and introduce advanced NMR techniques.

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

This module introduces some of the major issues and techniques currently at the frontiers of inorganic chemistry.

Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis

The aim of this module is for the student to understand the analytical methods used in pharmaceutical and biochemical laboratories and the role of regulators in drug development.

Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism

The aim of this module is for the student to understand the principles behind the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (ADME) of xenobiotics, including drugs, how these processes may be studied and modelled mathematically and how ADME studies contribute to new drug development.

Bioscience pathway

Cell Adaption and Degeneration

The aims of this module are: to gain a broad understanding of the cellular mechanisms which underpin adaptation to a range of stimuli and the processes which contribute to cellular degeneration; to exemplify how cellular mechanisms result in alterations in cellular and tissue phenotype associated with health and disease.

Regenerative Medicine

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of regenerative medicine that utilises biology as the basis for modern intervention methods of cell therapy, tissue therapy and physical therapy whilst also developing an understanding of how to design studies, as well as the models and biomarkers used in them.

Advanced Genetics of Health

The aims of this module are to further the understanding of the use and application of techniques for advanced genetic anaylsis including approaches for detection of structural or copy number changes, and for analysis of epigenetic changes.

Virology and Oncology

The aims of this module are: to build knowledge of the structure and classifications of common viruses and their roles in health and disease; provide an understanding of the concept of cancer as a genetic disease, the broad range of cancers that exist yet the common features they exhibit; introduce the role of the immune system in modulating cancer development, and the role that certain tumour viruses played in this discovery.

Materials pathway

Nano Materials Compulsory

Nano Materials

Advanced Materials Processing Compulsory

Advanced Materials Processing

Biomaterials for Drug Delivery

Students come to understand the types of materials used in controlled delivery, are able to relate the mechanical/physical/chemical/biological properties of a material with its correct use for different types of delivery and also consider the design and development of new materials and structures that can target delivery to specific organs/tissues and in specific timeframes.

Composite Materials

The aim of the module is to provide students with a knowledge of the properties, processing and applications of composite materials and the development of new composites.

Surface Engineering

Students are given an appreciation of the importance of surfaces in engineering and how they may be modified by suitable coatings and treatments to produce the requisite characteristics to aid the successful operation of a given structure or component.

Advanced Principles of Materials

The aim of this module is to acquaint students with the fundamental theory of mechanical, optical, electronic and thermal properties, transformations in materials and defects in crystals.

Functional Materials Compulsory

Functional Materials

Industrial Case Studies

The aim of this module is to provide a broad experience in the application of materials science and engineering in the context of particular industrial case studies and the associated issues of manufacturing, economic and legislative constraints. The module provides a mechanism for the integration of the knowledge gained in the various specialist modules by its practical application in the solution of 'real-life' engineering problems.

Geography pathway

Snow, Ice and Society

This module examines the role of snow and ice in the changing environment, and the associated implications for human societies. Snow and ice are fundamentally important in the global environment, both influencing and influenced by climate change at a wide range of timescales and modifying the hydrology of basins over wide areas. Furthermore, much human activity depends directly on snow and ice, such as hydroelectric power generation and agricultural irrigation. The main aims are to:

  • Understand the role snow and ice play in the global climate system.
  • Appreciate the main methods and issues in researching snow and ice processes and change;
  • Assess some of the main implications for human societies, in terms of resources and hazards, and the physical and socio-economic implications of these changes;
  • Practise communicating scientific concepts in accessible formats such as blog posts.

Environmental Change and Ecological Response

The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of some of the major drivers of change affecting natural environments at varying spatial scales, the ecological response of both terrestrial and aquatic systems, and how such changes can themselves have impacts on human activity and society. Knowledge of contemporary functioning of major ecological systems will be combined with evidence from paleoenvironmental archives to explore the relationships between environmental stressors, and ecological systems, today and in the past. The module will include the use of various types of evidence (e.g. documentary, inventory, paleoenvironmental) and modelling approaches to understand how global biogeochemical cycles and major ecosystems (e.g. tropical forests, coastal regions) have changed over time.

Aeolian Processes and Landforms

The aims of this module are for the student to examine:

  • the physical attributes of environments where wind-blown sand and dust dominate (aeolian environments); and
  • the effect of spatial and temporal variations in the operation of aeolian processes and their surface expression in contemporary landscapes.
Dryland Environments Fieldcourse Compulsory

Dryland Environments Fieldcourse

GIS, Modelling and Flood Risk Management

This module explores and assesses the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and modelling tools for flood risk management. This is an increasingly important topic in the context of climate change on drainage basin hydrology and human modification to both urban and rural environments. Students will be able to gain theoretical understanding and practical skills in GIS, flood modelling and flood risk management.

River Dynamics and the Environment

The aims of this module are that students:

  • develop an advanced understanding of key aspects of river hydrology and geomorphology pertinent to the management of river systems;
  • acquire a detailed knowledge of aspects of river management at the leading research edge of the discipline (e.g. biotic-abiotic interactions).
  • achieve a critical perspective on river management problems and approaches, recognising the limitations of current knowledge and the uncertainty in defining sustainable solutions.

Climate and Society

The aims of this module are that students

  • develop an advanced understanding of the evolving climate system from pre-industrial times, through to the present, and projected to the end of the 21st century;
  • examine the societal impacts of climate change anticipated for key sectors, in urban and rural contexts, across developed and developing regions of the world.
  • achieve a critical perspective on the policy frameworks underpinning global efforts to move towards low-carbon economies and finance adaptation to unavoidable climate impacts.

How you'll be assessed

Depending on the nature of the material, some modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination.

Some modules may be assessed 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.

How you'll study

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Field trips
  • Independent study
  • Group work
  • Supervision
  • Workshops
  • Laboratory work
  • Practical sessions

Placement year

We have strong industry links with a range of organisations from pharmaceutical companies to the health sector and can help our students to secure their year-long and flexible work placements in the UK and internationally.

The benefits of doing a placement year include:

You can gain invaluable work experience to boost your CV for after you graduate
Some students even get offered permanent positions for after they graduate
'Test-drive' a career that you are interested in
Gain an additional qualification
Start building a professional network - this experience could open up doors in the future

Additional award

By undertaking a year on professional placement or working in industry, you will gain an additional award alongside your final qualification. If you undertake a professional placement year you will gain a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) or if you complete a year in industry you will gain a Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS).

Student placement - a unique opportunity

More than 1,400 Loughborough University students complete a 12-month placement each year. They join a range of organisations and deliver tangible benefits to their hosts as well as honing a range of workplace skills.

Study abroad

If you are interested in travelling whilst you study, there are placement opportunities in other countries too, as well as options to spend from 3-12 months at an overseas university.

By choosing this course you’ll have the option to take advantage of this exciting opportunity, giving you the chance to not only experience new cultures and visit new and exciting destinations, but to expand your learning experience.

Additional award

This course comes with the option to study abroad for a year, at the end of which you will gain a Diploma in International Studies (DIntS). This is an additional award to the final qualification you will receive once you have successfully completed this course.

Where you'll study

As a student on our Natural Sciences degree you will have access to a wide range of facilities across campus. You will benefit from a suite of laboratories specifically for practical work in physical and natural sciences. The bio-laboratory will provide students with opportunities to gain applied experience with biological samples. The University provides space for students to interact with each other, share ideas and contribute to interdisciplinary discussions.

Entry requirements

To learn more about the qualifications we typically accept, please select your country from the drop-down menu below.

General entry requirements

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entry requirements which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative UK and international qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

General entry requirements

Contextual admissions

The University’s admissions process uses contextual information to provide insights into the context in which your academic qualifications have been achieved. This may influence the typical offers listed below.

Contextual admissions

United Kingdom

A-Level

AAB including two or three sciences dependent on the chosen pathway. Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics will be required to follow these specific pathways. Applicants do not require specific previous qualification in Geography to follow this pathway; Geography/ Geology will be classified as a science for the purposes of typical offers.

IB

35 (6,6,5 HL) including two or three sciences at HL. Dependent on the chosen pathway.

BTEC

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate: D plus A Level grades AB from two sciences.

GCSE

GCSE Maths Grade 4/C

Selection

Applicants are selected on the basis of their UCAS application. We conduct informal interviews in order to assess academic potential beyond that provided as part of the application, as well as to give applicants an 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.

Australia

Typical offers for students from Australia are based on the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). Typically, we would require a score between 85.00 and 94.00. For students from Queensland, requirements from the Overall Position (OP) would typically be between 8 and 4.

Further to the above, students would normally be required to pass one of the following qualifications:

  • ACT Year 12 Certificate
  • New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC)
  • Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE)
  • Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
  • South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
  • Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
  • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)

Where courses have specific subject requirements, these will be expected to be studied within one of the above qualifications. Grades of ‘B’ (ACT, NTCE, SACE, VCE, WACE), ‘4’ (HSC), ‘CA’ (TCE), ‘HA’ (QCE) or higher will normally be required.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Austria

For students taking the Austrian Reifeprüfung (Matura), we typically require an average score between 2.2 and 1.2 from 6 written or spoken exams. Where courses have specific subject requirements, a score of or 1 will normally be required in each.

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Bahrain

Students who have studied the Tawjihiyah/Thanawiya amma (General Secondary Education Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements

Belgium

The Certificat d’Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) and Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs (DSO) are both acceptable qualifications for direct entry into first year undergraduate courses. We typically require an overall score ranging from 75% to 85%. Where the 20 point marking scale is used, we would typically require marks between 15/20 and 17/20.

Specific subject marks may be required for some courses and where this is the case, this should be studied as a 4 hour subject. Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 50% or higher in Maths within the CESS or DSO.

Students currently studying the Abschlusszeugnis der Oberstufe des Sekundarunterrichts should contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further details.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Brazil

Students taking the Brazilian High School Certificate(Certificado de Ensino Médio and Exame Nacional do Ensino Médio – ENEM) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year. 

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements

Brunei

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Bulgaria

For students taking the Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie, we would typically ask for an overall score ranging from 5.3 6.0 overall with specific subject marks required for some courses.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 4.5 or higher in Maths within the Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Canada

Typical offers for students from Canada are based on having completed Grade 12. The information below outlines the requirements for different states:

Alberta, Northwest Territory, Nunavut

  • Typical offers are based on an average of best 5 grade 12 courses in the General High School Diploma and offers typically range from 80% - 93%.
  • Where courses require specific subjects, these should be taken as thirty-level courses. Where A Level Maths is a course requirement, both Mathematics 30-1 and Mathematics 30-2 should be completed.
  • Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 60% or higher in grade 10 Maths.

British Columbia, Yukon Territory

  • Typical offers range from ‘BBBBBB’ – ‘AAAAAA’ from best 6 grade 12 subjects in the Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma.
  • Where courses require specific subjects these would normally need to be achieved at ‘A’ or ‘B’.
  • Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of ‘C’ or higher in grade 10 Maths.

Manitoba

  • Typical offers are based on an average of best 5 subjects at 300 level in the High School Graduation Diploma and offers typically range from 80% - 93% with specific subject marks required for some courses.
  • Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 60% or higher in grade 10 Maths.

New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan

  • Typical offers are based on an average of best 5 grade 12 subjects in the High School Graduation Diploma and offers typically range from 80% - 93% with specific subject marks required for some courses. Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 60% or higher in grade 10 Maths.

Newfoundland & Labrador

  • Typical offers are based on an average of best 5 university preparatory level subjects in the High School Graduation Diploma and offers typically range from 80% - 93% with specific subject marks required for some courses.
  • Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 60% or higher in grade 10 Maths.

Nova Scotia

  • Typical offers are based on an average of best 5 subjects at level 4 or 5 in the High School Completion Certificate and offers typically range from 80% - 93% with specific subject marks required for some courses.
  • Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 60% or higher in grade 10 Maths.

Ontario

  • Typical offers are based on an average of best 6 grade 12 courses at ‘4U’, ‘4M’ or ‘DU’ in the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and offers typically range from 80% - 93% with specific subject marks required for some courses.
  • Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 60% or higher in grade 10 Maths.

Quebec

  • Typical offers range from 80% - 93% overall in the Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales with specific subject marks of 80% - 96% required for some courses.
  • Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 60% or higher in grade 11 Maths. 

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

China

Students taking the Senior Middle Examinations will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year. 

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Alternatively, we will accept a first year of study at a recognised university of appropriate standing within China as acceptable for entry to the first year of some of our degree courses. We would typically require an overall average ranging from 75% to 80% with specific subject marks required for some courses. Please contact the International Office who can advise on acceptability for entry to Loughborough courses.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Croatia

For students taking the Croatian Matura (Svjedodžba o Maturi), we typically require an average score between 4.0 and 5.0.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, a score of 4 or 5 will normally be required in each. For courses that require Maths as part of their A Level offer, this should be taken at extended level in the Matura.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Cyprus

The Apolytirion is not accepted for direct entry to the University when studied on its own. However, we are happy to consider students taking the Apolytirion alongside either 1 or 2 A Levels. For courses with typical offer requirements of ‘ABB’, we would typically require 19.5 in the Apolytirion alongside an ‘A’ at A Level or 18.0 in the Apolytirion alongside ‘AB’ at A Level. Where courses require specific subjects, these must be taken at A Level.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 17 or higher in Maths within the Apolytirion.

Students taking the Apolytirion without additional A Levels will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year. Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year, alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Czech Republic

For students taking the Czech Maturita (Vysvědčení o Maturitní Zkoušce), we typically require an average ranging from 2.00 to 1.00 from best 4 subjects with specific subject marks (either 1 or 2) required for some courses.

All applicants must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Denmark

For students taking the Bevis for Studentereksamen (STX), typical offers range from 8.0 to 10.5 in the weighted average mark from the STX. Some courses may require marks (either 10 or 12) in specific Level A subjects.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 7 or higher in Level C Maths with the STX.

Students who have taken the Studentereksamen under the old grading system would be considered on a case by case basis with an average between 9.0 and 11.0 normally required.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Egypt

Students who have studied the Thanaweya A’ama (Certificate of General Secondary Education) will need complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Estonia

For students taking the  Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus with the Riigieksamitunnistus, we typically require a high average grade between 4.3 and 4.8 in the Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus as well as an average percentage between 77% and 90% in the Riigieksamitunnistus.

Specific subject marks may be required for some courses. For Engineering and Science courses, we would expect students to have studied Lai Matemaatika.

Students with a score of 4.0 with 70% average from state exams would be considered on a case by case basis for the Loughborough University Foundation Year

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

European Baccalaureate

For students taking the European Baccalaureate, we typically require an overall average mark between 78% and 88% with specific subject marks (normally 8.0 or higher from a 4 or 5 period subject) required for some courses.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 6.5 or higher in Maths 3.

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details. When applying, please state whether you are taking English as Language 1, 2, 3 or 4.

Faroe Islands

Students taking the Studentsprógv would normally be required to achieve a score between 8.0 and 10.5 with specific subject marks (either 10 or 12) required for some courses.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Finland

For students taking the Ylioppilastutkinto / Studentexamen, typical offer requirements would normally be based on achievement in best 4 subjects. Offers will typically be expressed as four letter grades ranging from MMMM (achieve Magna cum laude approbatur or higher in four subjects) to LEEE (achieve Eximia cum laude approbatur or higher in four subjects with at least one subject at Laudatur).

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 7 or higher in Maths within the Lukion Päästötodistus

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

France

For students taking the French Baccalaureat, we typically require a range from 13.0 – 15.5 with specific subject marks required for some courses.

Students applying for Science or Engineering courses would generally be expected to have followed the Science (‘S’) stream. Students following the Option Internationale (OIB) will often receive a slightly lower offer.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 10 or higher in Maths within the Baccalaureat.

Students taking the Baccalaureat Technologique will be considered for first year entry on a case by case basis where subjects studied are relevant to the university course applied for.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Germany

Students taking the Abitur typically require an overall score ranging from 1.3 - 2.0 with specific subject marks required for some courses (normally between 12and 15).

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 7 or higher in Maths within the Abitur.

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Ghana

Students taking the WASSCE will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Greece

Students taking the Greek Apolyterion are normally required to also take the Panhellenic Exams. Typical offers are based on the General Access Grade in the Panhellenics and range from 16.5 to 19.0 depending on the course applied for. Where courses have specific subject requirements, these should be taken as ‘Direction’ subjects within the Panhellenics. Students applying for Science or Engineering courses would generally be expected to have followed the Sciences direction. We will also normally ask for a mark between 17.0 and 19.0 in the Apolyterion certificate.

Students who have studied 1 or 2 A Levels alongside the Apolyterion (without taking the Panhellenic Exams) would normally be required to obtain high grades in their A Level  exams along with an average mark of between 17.0 and 19.0 in the Apolyterion. Where courses have specific subject requirements, these should be taken as A Levels.

Students taking a Foundation course alongside the Apolyterion will be considered on a case by case basis.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Hong Kong

Typical offers for students taking the HKDSE  vary by course and range from ‘5, 4, 4’ – ‘5*, 5, 5’ from best 3 subjects, of which 2 must be electives and excluding Liberal Studies and Chinese. Where courses require specific subjects, we would be looking for grades between ‘4’ and ‘5*’ in these subjects.

For courses that require Maths as part of their A Level offer, this should be taken at extended level in the HKDSE. Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of ‘3’ or higher in core Maths.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Hungary

For students taking the Hungarian Matura (Érettségi Bizonyítvány), we typically require an average ranging from 70% to 83% from best 5 subjects which must include at least 2 higher level exams.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, a score of between 70% and 90% would normally be required in a higher level exam.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Iceland

For students taking the Stúdentspróf, we typically require an overall grade between 8.0 and 9.3 with specific subject marks (between 8 and 10) required for some courses.

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

India

Typical offers are based on the Standard XII school leaving qualifications. When awarded by CBSE, ISCE or West Bengal Exam Boards, we typically ask for results in the region of 78% - 88% average performance from best 4 subjects. For other state boards, we would be looking for achievement between 83% - 93% from best 4 subjects. Specific subject marks at Standard X or Standard XII may be required for some courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Indonesia

Students who have studied the Ijazah: Sekolah Menengah Atas/Madrasah Aliyah (SMA/MA) will need complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Ireland

Students who have taken the Leaving Certificate under the new grading system (post 2016) would normally be required to achieve 5 higher level passes with grades ranging from H2 H2 H3 H3 H3 to H1 H1 H2 H2 H2. Where courses have specific A Level subject requirements, these should be taken at higher level.

If you have taken the Leaving Certificate under the old grading system (pre 2016) our typical offers would be between B1 B1 B2 B2 B2 and A1 A1 A2 A2 A2.

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Israel

For students taking the Bagrut, we would require students to have studied at least 21 study units. Typical offers will be based on average percentage from 3 best 5-unit level subjects with requirements ranging from 78% to 92% depending on the course. Please note that we do not use the Optimal Average and do not consider bonus points as part of our offers.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, we would expect these to be studied as a 5-unit subject and look for achievement between 80% and 95%.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Italy

For students taking the Diploma di Esamo di Stato, we typically require an overall score ranging from 85% - 98% overall. Where courses require specific subjects, we would be looking for marks between 8 and 10 in school assessment.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 6 or higher in school assessment for Maths.

Students taking the Diploma di Istituto Tecnico will be considered for first year entry on a case by case basis where subjects studied are relevant to the course for which they have applied.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Japan

Students taking the Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Alternatively, we will accept a first year of study at a recognised university of appropriate standing within Japan as acceptable for entry to the first year of some of our degree courses. We would typically require an overall average ranging from 75% to 80% with specific subject marks required for some courses. Please contact the International Office who can advise on acceptability for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Jordan

Students taking the Tawjihi (General Secondary Education Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

Students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Kazakhstan

Typical offers for students from Kazakhstan are based on the Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools (NIS) Grade 12 Certificate. Typically, we would require a score between AAA and BBB from Advanced level subjects.  Where courses  have specific subject requirements, these will be expected to be studied at Advanced level.

English language studied within the Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools (NIS) Grade 12 Certificate is not sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table for further details.

Kenya

Students taking the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

English language studied within the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Kuwait

Students who have studied the Tawjihiyah/Thanawiya amma (General Secondary Education Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Latvia

For students taking the Atestāts par Vispārējo Vidējo Izglītību, we typically require a high average grade between 9.2 and 10.0 as well as an average between 87% and 95% from best 4 state exams.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, a score between 87% and 95% will normally be requested in state exams in these subjects.

Students with a score of 8.0 with 80% average from best 4 state exams would be considered on a case by case basis for the Foundation Year.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Lebanon

Students taking the Baccalauréat Général will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

Students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Lithuania

For students taking the Brandos Atestatas, typical offers generally range from 9.0 – 10.0 overall. We would also typically ask for an average percentage from the best 3 state exams between 80% and 94%. Where courses require specific subjects, we would typically require these to be taken as state exams.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 7 or higher in school assessment for Maths.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Malaysia

For students taking either the Matrikulasi (Matriculation Certificate) or the Sigjil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysian (STPM), we would typically require grades ranging from AAA-BBB from best 3 (core) subjects excluding general studies.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a grade C or higher in SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) Maths.

For students taking the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) we would typically require from the best 7 subjects grades ranging 2xA1 5xA2 to 7xB3 in the UEC-SML. Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a grade B6 or higher in Maths.

  • Students taking the MARA Diploma will be considered for first year entry on a case by case basis.                                                                                                                             
  • Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Malta

For students taking the Advanced Matriculation Exam, typical offers would normally be based on achievement in 2 advanced level subjects (typically between BB and AA) and 3 intermediate level subjects excluding Systems of Knowledge (typically between BCC and AAA).

Where courses have specific subject requirements, a score of B or A will normally be required in an Advanced Level subject. Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we normally look for a score of 4 or higher in Maths within the Secondary Education Certificate (SEC).

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Netherlands

For students taking the Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)., typical offers range from 6.6 to 7.4 average from the VWO with specific subject marks (between and 9) required for some courses.

Students applying for Science or Engineering courses would generally be expected to have followed the Natuur en Techniek stream within the VWO and have taken the Maths D course.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 5 or higher in Maths within the VWO.

Students taking the Middelbaar Beroepsonderwijs (MBO Level 4) certificate will be considered for first year entry on a case by case basis where subjects studied are relevant to the university course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further details.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

New Zealand

For students taking the National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 typical offers will be based on overall achievement in the NCEA plus a required number of credits achieved at the next level up. For example, where A Level requirements are ABB, we would normally require a Merit overall with 20 Level 3 credits achieved at Excellence.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, these should be studied at Level 3 within the NCEA. Typically, an overall achievement of Merit or Excellence will be required in these subjects.

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Nigeria

Students taking the WASSCE will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Norway

For students taking the Vitnemål for Videregående Opplæring, typical offers range from 4.00 to 5.25 average of all Final Assessment Grades.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, students will need to achieve a or higher in at least two 140-hour courses.

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Oman

Students who have studied the Tawjihiyah/Thanawiya amma (General Secondary Education Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Pakistan

Students taking the Intermediate/Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Poland

For students taking the new Matura typical offers are based on average achievement from 3 extended level exams and offers normally range from 75% - 85%. Where courses require specific subjects, these should be taken as extended level exams and we would normally look for marks between 75% and 90%.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 68% or higher in the compulsory standard level Maths.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Portugal

Students taking the Diploma de Ensino Secundário would normally be required to achieve a score between 16 and 18 with specific subject marks (between 17 and 19) required for some courses.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we normally look for a score of 14 or higher in Maths within the Diploma de Ensino Secundário.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Qatar

Students taking the Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama (Senior School Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Romania

For students taking the Diploma de Bacalaureat, typical offers range from 8.6 – 9.4 overall. Where courses require a specific subject, we would be looking for this to be studied as the optional subject within the Diploma de Bacalaureat with marks between 8.6 and 9.8.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 7 or higher in Grade 10 Maths from the ‘Foaie Matricola’ or 6.5 or higher in Maths from the Diploma de Bacalaureat.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Russia

Students taking the Certificate of Unified State Examination will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Saudi Arabia

Students who have studied the Tawjihiyah (General Secondary Education Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Singapore

For students with Singapore A Levels, typical offers normally range from BBC to AAA from three H2 Level subjects and offers are typically one grade lower than the typical A Level requirement as stated in the undergraduate prospectus due to the comparative difficulty.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, an ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade would normally be required in line with UK A Level requirements.

Students with a Diploma from one of Singapore’s five Polytechnics would be considered for first year entry with requirements ranging from 2.50 to 3.10. Second year entry may be considered in some cases. Please contact the International Office to check if this is applicable.

For IB requirements please see the undergraduate prospectus.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table for further details.

Slovakia

For students taking the Slovakian Matura (Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške), typical offers range from 2.00 to 1.00 average from best 4 subjects with specific subject marks (either 1 or 2) required for some courses.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Slovenia

For students taking the Maturitetno Spričevalo., we typically require an overall total score of between 22 and 30 out of 34.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, a score of or 5 will normally be required in each. Applicants for Science or Engineering courses would normally be required to take Maths at higher level and would be required to achieve a mark of between 6 and 8.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

South Africa

For students taking the National Senior Certificate (NSC), typical offers range from 6,6,6,6,6 to 7,7,7,7,7 from the best 5 subjects, excluding Life Orientation.
 
Where courses have specific subject requirements, a score of or would normally be required.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table for further details.

South Korea

Students taking the High School Diploma will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Spain

For students taking the Titulo de Bachillerato, we typically require an overall score of 7.50 – 9.50.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, a score of 8.00 or 9.00 will normally be required in each.  Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 5.50 – 6.50 within the Titulo de Bachillerato.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Sri Lanka

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

Sri Lankan A Levels are considered comparable to the typical A Level requirements. However, as an A* grade cannot be achieved in Sri Lankan A Levels, an A grade is acceptable to meet this requirement where applicable.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Sweden

For students tasking the Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola, typical offers are normally based on an average score from 2500 credits with an ‘A’ counting as 20 points, a ‘B’ counting as 17.5 points, a ‘C’ counting as 15 points etc. Typical offers range from 16.0 to 18.8 average from 2500 credits.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, an ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade would normally be required from 2 relevant subject modules within the Slutbetyg.

Students who took the Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola under the old grading system are considered on a case by case basis with most courses requiring a majority of ‘VG’ and ‘MVG’ grades.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table for further details.

Switzerland

Students taking the following qualifications would be considered for direct entry to undergraduate courses: Certificat de MaturitéMaturitätsausweisAttestato di Maturità. Typical offer requirements are based on average achievement from best 12 subjects and offers typically range from 4.8 – 5.5. Where courses require specific subjects, we would be looking for marks between 5.0 and 6.0 in school assessment.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 4.0 or higher in school assessment for Maths.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table for further details.

Taiwan

Students taking the Senior High School Diploma will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Alternatively, Junior College Diploma holders may be considered on a case by case basis for entry to undergraduate courses.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Tanzania

The Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (ACSEE) is acceptable for entry into the first year of undergraduate courses. Typical offers are the same as for UK A Levels as stated in the Undergraduate Prospectus.

For courses which require achievement in GCSE Maths, we normally look for a score of C or higher in Maths in the Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE).

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table for further details.

Thailand

Students taking the Certificate of Secondary Education/Maw 6 will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

The Caribbean

For students taking the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), we typically require a range from ‘2, 2, 2’ -  ‘1, 1, 1’ achieved from three 2-unit exams with specific subject marks of ‘1’ or ‘2’ required by some courses

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of ‘3’ or higher in Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Maths.

Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table for further details.

The Gulf

Students who have studied the Tawjihiyah/Thanawiya amma (General Secondary Education Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Turkey

For students taking the Anadolu Lisesi (Anatolian High School Diploma) or Fen Lisesi (Science High School Diploma), will typically require a pass mark of higher than 80%,

Students taking the Lise Bitirme Diplomasi, will be considered for first year entry on a case by case basis.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Uganda

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. The Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) is also acceptable with grades equivalent to the typical A Level offer requirements.

English language studied within the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table for further details.

United Arab Emirates

Students who have studied the Tawjihiyah/Thanawiya amma (General Secondary Education Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

United States of America

For students studying in the American education system, typical offers for entry onto undergraduate level courses are based on obtaining 3.2 in the High School Diploma along with achievement in Advanced Placement Exams or SAT II Subject Specific Tests. We would typically require between ‘4, 4, 4’ and ‘5, 5, 5’ in 3 AP exams  or between ‘650, 650, 650’ and ‘750, 700, 700’ in 3 SAT subject tests.

Where courses have an A Level maths requirement, it would be necessary for applicants to achieve a high mark in AP Calculus BC or SAT Math Level 2. For programmes that require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of ‘570’ or higher in SAT I Math or ACT with a minimum score of 27 overall and 26 in each component.

To satisfy English language requirements, we normally ask for a score of ‘610’ in SAT I Evidence-Based Reading/Writing or ACT with a minimum score of 27 overall and 26 in each component. Some programmes have higher requirements.

Vietnam

Students who have studied the Bằng Tốt Nghiệp Phổ Thông Trung Học  will need to complete an appropriate Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Zambia

Students who have studied the General Certificate of Education will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements

Zimbabwe

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses.

Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

Zimbabwe A Levels are considered comparable to the typical A Level requirements. However, as an A* grade cannot be achieved in Zimbabwe A Levels, an A grade is acceptable to meet this requirement where applicable.  Typical offers for students taking the Zimbabwe A levels exclude the General Paper.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Natural Sciences pathways

There are a number of pathways available for this course which allow you to specialise in a specific field. To learn what you need in order to study the pathway you want to study here, please take a look at the table. If you have a question, please get in touch with us.

Pathway Pathway combinations A level subject requirements
1 Core skills, chemistry, and physics Chemistry, physics, and maths
2 Core skills, chemistry, and bioscience Chemistry, biology, and any other subject*
3 Core skills, chemistry, and mathematics Chemistry, mathematics, and any other subject*
4 Core skills, chemistry, and geography Chemistry, one other science, and any other subject*
5 Core skills, chemistry, and materials Chemistry, one other science, and any other subject*
6 Core skills, bioscience, and mathematics Biology, mathematics, and any other subject*
7 Core skills, bioscience, and materials Biology, one other science, and any other subject*
8 Core skills, bioscience, and physics Biology, physics, and maths
9 Core skills, mathematics, and physics Mathematics, physics, and any other subject*
10 Core skills, mathematics, and geography Mathematics, one other science, and any other subject*
11 Core skills, geography, and materials Two sciences, and any other subject*
12 Core skills, geography, and physics Physics, maths, and any other subject*
13 Core skills, materials, and physics Physics, maths, and any other subject*

* Excluding general studies

Tuition fees for 2020 entry

UK / EU fees

Full-time course per annum
£9,250
Placement year
Approx. 20% of the full-time fee

International fees

Full-time course per annum
£23,100
Placement year
Approx. 20% of the full-time fee

The fees stated above are for the 2020/21 academic year; fees for 2021/22 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by installment.

Additional costs

While the cost of your tuition covers lots of things, it doesn’t cover everything. For instance 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.

Your future career

Employers are increasingly looking for graduates with expertise in multiple science subjects. A degree in Natural Sciences can prepare you well for a variety of different career paths.

Natural Sciences graduates will be equipped with knowledge, practical laboratory experience and professional, transferable skills that will prepare them for careers in areas such as scientific research and analysis, health, medicine, and environmental consultancy.

Career Support Services

Your time at Loughborough University will form a launchpad from which you can build an exciting career. With so many opportunities available, you’ll never be short of ways to improve your employability.

Our award-winning Careers Network team is here to help and support you, offering everything from CV workshops, one-to-one advice sessions and mock interview practice sessions to high-profile employer events. We’ve got everything you need for a really successful future.

Companies students have worked for after graduating

This course was new for 2018 and as such there are no direct graduates just yet. However, graduate destinations from similar subject areas include: GlaxoSmithKline, 3M, Fujitsu UK, Lubrizol, Pirelli, Unilever, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Argos, Barrier Energy, BUPA, Key Forensic Services Ltd, Home Office, National Nuclear Laboratory, Nova Nordish, Shell Global Solutions, Lyons Seafoods Ltd and Havas Life Medicom.