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Undergraduate Study

BSc Natural Sciences

Please note: The below is for 2022 entries. Click here for 2021 entries.
UCAS code CGF0
Duration 3 years
Entry year 2022
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Natural Sciences

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Typical offer

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A levels: AAA
IB: 36/666

Contextual offers

A-Level: AAC
IB: 32/655


  • 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

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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. 

Entry requirements (typical offer)

Qualification Typical offer 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 HL6 in Mathematics (Analysis and Approaches) and 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 4 or C Grade 4/C in GCSE English language
Contextual Offer

A-Level: AAC
IB: 32/655

Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.

Other UK, EU and International equivalences

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NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply

International Foundation programmes

Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:

I chose Natural Sciences at Exeter because of the variety of modules available, with options that I knew I’d enjoy and the chance to try new things. It’s really broadened my knowledge across all sciences, especially physics which I didn’t have an A-level in.


Studying Natural Sciences

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 final 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 while the Group Project will involve working as a team with other finalists 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.


Tuition fees for 2022 entry

UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £25,000 per year


The University of Exeter has over £2.5 million in scholarships available for students applying to study with us from September 2022 - including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students and financial support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.

* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.

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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.


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.