Natural Sciences

Durham University

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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As part of the BSc Natural Sciences degree you may follow one of the following patterns of study: BSc Honours Natural Sciences Degrees With this route you could study the same three subjects each year. You could also build on your first-year studies in one or two subjects and then combine advanced modules in these subjects with a new subject(s) in your second year. You could then study two or three subjects in your third year, all of which you must also have studied in earlier years. With this route you would graduate with a BSc Honours degree in Natural Sciences with your main subjects studied listed on the degree certificate. At the end of Year 2, the BSc allows you the option of transferring onto either “with Year Abroad” or “with Placement” pathway. Note that these options are competitive and so applicants cannot apply for these pathways through UCAS. BSc Joint Honours Degrees within Natural Sciences With a BSc Joint Honours degree in two subjects, you will study each of these two subjects in all of the three years of study. In the first year, there may be the opportunity to take modules in a third subject, if you wish. If you follow the requirements for a Joint Honours degree you graduate with a BSc Honours degree in A and B within the Natural Sciences programme (where A and B are replaced with the relevant subjects). If a combination is not offered, it might still be possible for you to combine them with a third subject within a Natural Sciences degree that is not a Joint Honours degree. Please contact the Natural Sciences Admissions Selector for further details. Note that the “with Year Abroad” and “with Placement” pathways are also offered as added extras with Joint Honours degrees. 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. For instance, students who want to do the BSc Joint Honours degree in: Biology and Earth Sciences must do four core modules, which leaves them free to choose any two optional modules from any subject on offer. Economics and Mathematics must do five core modules from these subjects leaving them one free module from any subject. To find out the number of core modules for each subject you are advised to look at the Natural Sciences webpages as a guide. BSc Natural Sciences students often take two modules from three subjects, although other combinations are possible, but this combination would normally allow progression with any or all three of these subjects. The design of the programme is constrained by the entry requirements and limits of the University’s academic timetable which is published five months before the start of the academic year. 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. Year 3 You must study at least two subjects, but no more than three. You can specialise by taking up to five modules in one subject. Students may also take a second-year module during this year. We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2019 entry from September 2018. For more information on this course, please see our website.

Course details

Subject options

This course offers the following subject options:

  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology and Biology
  • Anthropology and Psychology
  • Biology
  • Biology and Chemistry
  • Biology and Earth Science


For more information on the content of this course, including module details, please see our website.

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.






Northern Ireland

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level A*AA 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.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*DD Subject specific A Levels may also be required.
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits M: 15 credits 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.
Scottish Higher AAAAA 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.
Scottish Advanced Higher AAA Specific subjects may be required depending upon the mix of subjects to be studied.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 38 points 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.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Not accepted
Extended Project Not accepted
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H1, H2, H2, H2, H2
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D2, D3, D3 Specific subjects may be required depending upon the mix of subjects to be studied.

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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £25800 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Natural Sciences at Durham University - UCAS