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Durham University

Natural Sciences

UCAS Code: FGC0

Master of Science (with Honours) - Msci (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A,A

Specific subjects excluded for entry: General Studies and Critical Thinking. Information: Specific subjects may be required depending upon the combination of subjects to be studied. Please see the course database for more information. Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

We require 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 (or equivalent). Applicants may be required to meet additional subject-specific requirements for particular courses at Durham.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D2,D3,D3

Specific subjects may be required depending upon the mix of subjects to be studied.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

38

General information on subjects/grades required for entry: HL 7, 6, 6 or 6, 6, 6 will be required depending on subjects to be studied. Specific subjects may be required depending upon the mix of subjects to be studied.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H2,H2,H2,H2

Specific subjects may be required depending upon the mix of subjects to be studied.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*DD

Subject specific A Levels may also be required.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,A

Specific subjects may be required depending upon the mix of subjects to be studied.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,A

Departments will normally make offers based on Advanced Highers. In the absence of 3 Advanced Highers, where these are not offered by the applicant’s school, offers comprising of Advanced Highers and Highers or a number of Highers may be made on a case by case basis.

UCAS Tariff

152-168

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Natural sciences

The Natural Sciences degree programme has a wide choice of subjects and there is choice between modules within subjects. It is a flexible degree programme and with most subjects you can delay choosing your subjects until you get to Durham and you can also change the shape of your degree at the end of the first year. The University operates on a system of undergraduates studying 120 credits each year drawn by combining modules offered by departments.
There are two types of degree that you can obtain a 3-year BSc (CFG0) or a 4-year MSci (FGC0). The MSci is only available in certain subjects namely Biology, Computer Science, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Maths and Physics. Both the BSc and the MSci contain BSc Joint Honours and MSci Joint Honours degrees as well as the more broad BSc Natural Sciences and MSci Natural Sciences degrees.
You should note that not all combinations of all modules in all subjects are feasible. Choices are constrained by the limits of the University timetable which changes every year.
For an MSci in Natural Sciences you must be taking at least one of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics. Biology has a very limited range of modules at fourth year level so Biology can only be included in a Joint Honours degree with Chemistry or Physics. An MSci can be a slight variation from one of the MSci Joint Honours degrees below. Alternatively it could be just one of the subjects above (eg Chemistry) with modules from other subjects (eg Anthropology and Philosophy) for the first three years. In this case your fourth year would have to consist of all six modules from the subject listed above (Chemistry in this case).
The MSci is available as a Joint Honours degree in one of five pairs: Biology and Chemistry; Biology and Physics; Chemistry and Maths; Chemistry and Physics; Maths and Physics.
Students on the programme design their own programme, so depending on their choices they learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes, fieldwork, informal but scheduled one-to-one support, and self-directed learning, such as research, reading, and writing. All of these are supported by a virtual learning environment.
Tutorials, seminars, workshops, and practical classes are much smaller groups than lectures, small enough to allow one-to-one interaction with a member of staff. Practicals also allow hands-on experience of the work of professionals in the disciplines studied on the programme. The same is true of fieldwork and consists of engaging in, for example, geological, biological, geographical, or anthropological work in the field with members of academic staff. This emphasis on small-group and practical teaching reflects a conscious choice to enhance the quality of the learning experience rather than the number of formal sessions.
The degree programmes are designed to feature fewer formal sessions and more independent research as students move from their first to their final year. Small-group teaching and one-to-one attention from the personal academic advisor (provided for all students when they enter the programme) are part of the learning experience throughout, but by the final year classroom time gives way, to some extent, to independent research, including a major project that makes up a minimum of a third of final year credits. In this way, the degree programme systematically transforms the student from a consumer of knowledge in the classroom to a generator of knowledge, ready for professional or postgraduate life. These formal teaching arrangements are supported by “drop-in” surgeries with teaching staff and induction sessions that begin in the week before the start of the programme and continue at key times throughout each year of the programme. Students can also attend an extensive programme of research-focused seminars where staff and visiting scholars in various academic departments present their cutting-edge research.

Modules

For more information on the content of this course, including module details, please see our website: https://www.dur.ac.uk/courses/info/?id=26304&title=Natural+Sciences&code=FGC0&type=MSCI&year=2021#coursecontent

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£27,350
per year
International
£27,350
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

St Mary's College

St Aidan's College

John Snow College

Stephenson College

Van Mildert College

Trevelyan College

Josephine Butler College

St Chad's College

St Cuthbert's Society

Grey College

College of St Hild and St Bede

Collingwood College

St John's College

No college preference

South College

University College

Hatfield College

Department:

Natural Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Others in biological sciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
51%
Male students
49%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A
A

After graduation


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Others in biological sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,500
high
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
70%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Business, research and administrative professionals
18%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
12%
Teaching and educational professionals

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