Durham University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Natural Sciences

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Course summary

The MSci degree offers you the chance to also take research-based study in your fourth year. There are two types of MSci degree available via the Natural Sciences route: The MSci in Natural Sciences allows you to take modules from a range of subjects, but you would normally specialise in at least one of the following subjects in your fourth year: Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Mathematics and Physics. The MSci Joint Honours degrees are available in the following combinations: Biology and Chemistry, Biology and Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics, Computer Science and Mathemetics, and Mathematics and Physics. The two degrees above allows you the option of completing a replacement Year Abroad in Year 3. Note that the Year Abroad is competitive and so applicants cannot apply for these pathways through UCAS. The key characteristics of the Natural Sciences degree at Durham are choice, flexibility and depth. The Natural Sciences degree programme has a wide choice of subjects and there is choice between modules within subjects. It is also 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 Natural Sciences degree programme has the following features: The degree programme is based at the Durham campus. 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 (degree code CFG0) or a 4-year MSci (degree code 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.

Course details

Subject options

This course offers the following subject options:

  • Biology
  • Biology and Chemistry
  • Biology and Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry and Mathematics
  • Chemistry and Physics

Modules

Year 1 You must study at least two subjects, but no more than four, which give you a good progression into your second-year subjects. You can specialise by taking up to four modules in one subject from 'Group 1' which are the science subjects listed in the BSc course content. Other subjects are available to study but these could not be taken through to Year 4, see the BSc course content. Students who intend to specialise in a single science subject in their final year, such as Earth Sciences, will typically need to take three or four core modules from that subject. For instance, students who want to do the MSci Joint Honours degree in: Biology and Chemistry must do five core modules, which leaves them free to choose one optional module. Mathematics and Physics must do six compulsory modules. MSci Natural Sciences students often take two modules from three subjects although other combinations are possible, this combination would normally allow progression with any or all three of these subjects. The design of the programme is constrained by the limits of the University’s academic timetable and entry requirements, such as ensuring sufficient background knowledge for progression into a Year 4 subject. Year 2 You must study at least two subjects, but no more than three, which gives you reasonable progression into your third-year subjects. You can specialise by taking up to four modules in one subject from Group 1, see the BSc course content. For instance, students following the MSci Joint Honours degree in: Mathematics and Physics must do the five core modules leaving them free to choose one module from the Mathematics or Physics List to achieve an equal subject balance. Biology and Chemistry must do six core modules equally balanced between the two subjects. Students who are following the MSci in Natural Sciences where they will specialise in a single science subject in their final year, such as Earth Sciences, typically: Need to take three or four core modules Have considerable freedom which is only limited by progression and the timetable Build on one or two subjects studied in the first year Have the option of starting a new subject by taking a first-year module. Year 3 You must study at least two subjects, but no more than three. You can specialise by taking up to four modules in one subject from Group 1, see the BSc course content. You may also take a second-year module. For example, students following the MSci Joint Honours degree in: Chemistry and Physics must do the six core modules. Chemistry and Mathematics must do five core modules and one module from the Mathematics list. Students not taking the Joint Honours have considerable freedom; they are able to combine advanced modules in subjects already studied. Year 4 In addition to the project module, students take a selection of taught modules. Module availability can change, but taught modules available to current students following the MSci Joint Honours degrees are: Biology and Chemistry: Bioactive Chemistry 4; Biomolecular Analysis Biology and Physics: Atomic and Optical Physics; Biological Imaging; Theoretical Physics 4 Chemistry and Mathematics: Chemical Physics 4; Computational Chemical Physics 4; Modules from the Level 4 Mathematics List Chemistry and Physics: Chemical Physics 4; Computational Chemical Physics 4; Atomic and Optical Physics; Theoretical Physics 4; Mathematics and Physics: Modules chosen from the Level 4 Mathematics and Physics lists. Students taking the MSci in Natural Sciences have continued freedom where the main subjects studied will be listed on the degree certificate. Typically: They combine advanced modules in subjects already studied They can specialise in or combine: Chemistry; Computer Science; Earth Sciences; Mathematics; Physics. Please note that Biology can only be studied in Year 4 as part of a Joint Honours degree.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
FGC0
Institution code:
D86
Campus name:
Durham City
Campus code:
O

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Our contextual offer for this programme is 2 A level grades lower (or equivalent). The exact grading is dependent upon subject choices as we are not able to reduce subject specific requirements, e.g. if Maths is chosen, you will still be required to meet A*A in Maths and Further Maths, but the 3rd subject will be reduced to C. To find out if you’re eligible, please visit: www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/contextualoffers/

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/entry/


English language requirements

Durham University welcomes applications from all students irrespective of background. We encourage the recruitment of academically well-qualified and highly motivated students, who are non-native speakers of English, whose full potential can be realised with a limited amount of English Language training either prior to entry or through pre-sessional and/or in-sessional courses. It is the normal expectation that candidates for admission should be able to demonstrate satisfactory English proficiency before the start of a programme of study, whether via the submission of an appropriate English language qualification or by attendance on an appropriate pre-sessional course. Acceptable evidence and levels required can be viewed by following the link provided.

English language requirements

https://www.dur.ac.uk/learningandteaching.handbook/1/3/3/


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £28500* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
International £28500* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

The tuition fees for 2023/24 academic year have not yet been finalised, they will be displayed here once approved.
Natural Sciences at Durham University - UCAS