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Natural Sciences (with placement year)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

AAA including two or three sciences. Dependent on the chosen pathway. Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics. Geography/Geology will be required in addition to two sciences for the Geography Pathway. Please view the pathway options here: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/a-z/natural-sciences-msci/

Considered on a case by case basis. Please contact Loughborough University directly.

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects or a combination of the Pre-U and A levels, provided a minimum of three subjects overall are taken. We recognise the benefit of the Global Perspectives and Research (GPR) course in developing independent study and research skills. While we would consider this as evidence of motivation to study a specific subject in more depth, we do not generally include it as part of our offer conditions. However, it may be used to further consider an application upon receipt of final examination results.

We recognise the benefit of the Extended Project in developing independent research and critical thinking skills. We would consider this as evidence of motivation to study a specific subject in more depth, and while we do not generally include it as part of our offer conditions, it may be used to further consider an application upon receipt of final examination results. www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/entry-requirements/

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths Grade 4/C

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

37

37 (6,6,6 HL) including two or three sciences at HL. Dependent on the chosen pathway.

We accept a wide range of international qualifications for entry as outlined on our website – please view the individual course typical offers on our website and choose Ireland in the Country/region drop down field for more information.

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

D

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

Considered on a case by case basis. Please contact Loughborough University directly.

Applicants taking the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma will be asked to achieve the A level requirements for their course as part of their qualification. The Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted alongside two A levels as long as individual course entry and subject requirements are met. www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/entry-requirements/

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About this course


Course option

5.0years

Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Natural sciences

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

Building on the University’s established reputation in the fields of biosciences, chemistry, materials, mathematics and physics, our Natural Sciences MSci (Hons) course 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 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.

By choosing to take the placement year option, you will be adding value to your degree by gaining hands-on industry experience in a real work setting. Not only will you be going back to study having advanced your knowledge of the area you are interested in and picked up transferable interpersonal skills, you will have gained experience to help you stand out from the crowd in the competitive graduate market.

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.

The MSci concludes with a major research project and advanced level training in your chosen subject, giving you a solid grounding to continue a career in research or to go onto study a PhD.

Modules

For a full list of areas studied, see the 'What You'll Study' section of the course page on our website.

Assessment methods

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.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£25,700
per year
International
£25,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Loughborough University

Department:

Natural Sciences

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
56%
Male students
44%
Female students

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
B

After graduation


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