Undergraduate Study

MSci Natural Sciences

UCAS code FGC0
Duration 4 years
Entry year 2020
Contact

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 724061

Entry requirements

A levels: AAA
IB: 36/666
BTEC: DDD

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Natural Sciences

Overview

  • A true Natural Sciences programme specially designed to let you work across all the sciences without pathways or boundaries
  • Study at the frontiers of knowledge and take an active part in research - many of our students are publishing their work as early as year 2
  • Be part of a close community of highly skilled and recognised scientists
  • Contribute to our understanding of critical global issues, such as climate change, ageing society, food security and urbanisation
  • Encourages you to follow your interests and develop your own ideas as an independent scientist and researcher

Study across Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics

Spend time at a university abroad as part of your degree

MSci Natural Science with International Study

Varied and exciting career options

Our students go on to excel in a huge variety of roles after graduating, including studying for a PhD. 

I chose the Natural Sciences course because of its versatility. I loved all sciences and couldn’t decide which to choose before uni, so this course allowed me to do my favourite aspects of them all.

It’s also great as the future of sciences is multidisciplinary so this course allows you to become a scientist that is able to possess skills across many disciplines. My favourite thing about studying in Exeter is the support network. The course leaders are so supportive and are always available to help you no matter how small the issue. That goes for the students too, the course is small so you get to know everyone really well, and this leads to an amazing community.

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Ellie

Studying Natural Sciences MSci at the University of Exeter

Entry requirements

Qualification Required grades Required subjects
A-Level AAA GCE AL Maths grade A Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths and A in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
IB 36/666 IB Maths HL6 and IB HL6 in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics (Applicants with Mathematics SL7 plus HL6 in two from Physics, Chemistry or Biology will also be considered)
BTEC DDD Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma are also required to achieve grade A at A' Leve in Mathematics and grade A at A' Level in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics
GCSE C Grade C in GCSE English language
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB
IB: 30
BTEC: DDM

Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Find out more about contextual offers.

International equivalences

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NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

International Foundation programmes

Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:

Fees

Tuition fees for 2020 entry

UK and EU students: £9,250 per year
International students: £22,950 per year

Please note that these figures may be subject to change.

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Course content

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Your first year will be made up of four modules through which you’ll be introduced to interdisciplinary research, ideas and philosophy which form the basis of Natural Sciences. You’ll explore experimental science in the lab where you’ll complete a series of experiments that complement your lectures.

As you move in to your second year a wide range of optional modules from across physics, biology, maths and natural sciences will be available, giving you a great amount of freedom to follow your interests. You’ll also design, build and run an extended experiment as part of ‘Frontiers of Science 2’.

Up to 30 credits may be taken from other relevant University modules, for which you have the necessary pre-requisites, and with agreement with your Personal Tutor.

Your third year includes two major projects. The Research Project will see you working on current research being undertaken by one of the University’s research groups and will form the first part of a two-part 90 credit project, extended over years three and four. The Group Project will involve working as a team with other third year students to complete a project of your choosing. Group projects typically involve a piece of scientific research, but could also be related to outreach, widening participation or work aimed at encouraging greater gender equality within the sciences. In addition to these projects you will choose three optional modules. An indicative list is provided below but this list is not exhaustive and you are encouraged to look at the range of modules on offer across the University.

During your third year, you can choose to take a Semester Abroad (60 credits), instead of the Group Project (30 credits) and two of the elective 15 credit modules.

In your final year you’ll work in pairs and continue to work on the research project you started in Year 3. For the remaining duration of the project you’ll become a member of the research group, gaining a valuable insight into scientific research, but will also have an opportunity to make a real contribution to this research. In addition to this project you will have the freedom to choose 60 credits worth of optional modules. An indicative list is provided below but this list is not exhaustive and you are encouraged to look at the range of modules on offer across the University.

Course variants

UCAS code: FGC1

Our MSci Natural Sciences degree offers you the opportunity to undertake a semester abroad, during your third year, at one of our world-class partner universities.

While abroad you’ll get the chance to study specialist material particular to your host university. Destinations include University of New South Wales, City University Hong Kong, Nanyang Technological University, Uppsala University, ETH Zurich and Colorado State University.

Does it count towards my degree? 

Yes, Your semester abroad counts towards 60 credits of your third year, with your mark being calculated at Exeter. This is taken instead of the Group Project (30 credits) and two of the elective 15 credit modules.

How do I apply? 

You can apply for this programme through UCAS using the code at the top of this page. You can also transfer to the ‘with International Study’ programme from MSci Natural Sciences during your first year.

Learning and teaching

Our Natural Sciences degree will place you at the heart of a community of internationally respected scientists, who are exploring some of the most important developments of the future, and whose enthusiasm for research is matched by their passion for teaching. We believe every student benefits from being part of a research-inspired culture and being taught by experts – you will discuss the very latest ideas in seminars and tutorials.

You will learn through practical work, problem-solving, project work, team work and research projects - key qualities for success for the rest of your degree and your future career. Working through examples, solving problems and developing your mathematical and analytical skills are a vital part of being a scientist, so coursework forms a component of most modules. Modules will have a reading list that might consist of chapters from textbooks and research articles from journals.

Excellent student-to-staff ratios, small group tutorials and accessible staff will mean you’re well supported throughout your degree. In all years you will be offered personal tutoring in small groups with an academic who you will see every week.

You will be expected to undertake independent and self-motivated study as part of your degree and should expect your total workload to average about 40 hours per week during term time. We will support you in learning to work independently and becoming a scientific thinker – these skills are not easy to acquire but we will be on-hand to guide you throughout the programme.

Assessment

You will be assessed in all years through a variety of means. These will include coursework, exams, written reports or presentations amongst others. You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification and the assessment will not disadvantage students who did not study all subjects at A level.

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Your future

Our aim is to teach a syllabus that you will find intellectually challenging, rewarding and stimulating. In addition, to help you develop as a scientist so that you can make a real contribution to the exciting research taking place at the University of Exeter and to important scientific developments long after your graduation.

Many employers look for graduates with a background in a broad based multidisciplinary science degree, as it allows them to tackle problems holistically.

This course will help you to develop a wide range of key skills for employment and further study such as analytical problem solving, teamwork, and organising and communicating information.

Graduates of this degree are highly employable and have found positions working in a wide variety of related roles including laboratory-based positions, industry, law, business, management, teaching and government.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2020 entry

UK and EU students: £9,250 per year
International students: £22,950 per year

Please note that these figures may be subject to change.

Global Excellence Scholarships

Global Excellence Scholarships worth £5000+ are available for International fee paying students studying this course. If you’d like to find out more visit our funding database, or you can apply for this scholarship directly online.

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