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BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences: pathway

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This degree is made up of 360 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

You’ll begin your studies with the compulsory 60-credit introductory module Exploring science (S104)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q64-3,module,S104,,1. You’ll develop your study skills while engaging with a broad and absorbing introduction to a range of science subject areas including:

  • biology and health sciences
  • chemistry and analytical science
  • Earth and environmental sciences
  • physics
  • astronomy and planetary science.

Using a blend of text and online study materials, this wide-ranging module investigates the major scientific issues affecting contemporary society. You’ll explore the fundamentals of modern science, and develop important scientific concepts and skills to give you a solid basis for higher level study.

You’ll be introduced to practical science through the compulsory 30-credit module Investigative and mathematical skills in science (S141)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q64-3,module,S141,,1

You’ll also choose one of four 30-credit modules according to your particular scientific interest:

  • Introducing health sciences: a case study approach (SDK125)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q64-3,module,SDK125,,1
  • Topics in science (S142)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q64-3,module,S142,,1
  • Topics in health sciences (SK143)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q64-3,module,SK143,,1
  • Essential mathematics 1 (MST124)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q64-3,module,MST124,,1

Alternatively, you could choose 30 credits from a non-science module if you prefer.

Stage 2

Chemistry touches nearly every facet of life. Everyday materials, medicines and microchips are all developed with the expertise of professional chemists. It’s also a science that shapes tomorrow’s world, involved in almost every technological innovation and important breakthrough.

In the first module, The molecular world (S205)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q64-3,module,S205,,1, you can find out how molecules – their shape, structure and how they are made – are the linchpin for all the sciences.

You’ll then have a choice of modules. Chemists might be particularly interested in Analytical science: health, heritage and environments (S240)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q64-3,module,S240,,1, which explores topics like how diseases are diagnosed, how sport drug cheats are caught, how pregnancy test kits work, how old the Earth is, how antiquities are dated and how we know our water is safe to drink. You’ll be introduced to the major analytical techniques (biological, chemical and physical) and use examples from everyday life to investigate how analytical science contributes to improving the quality of our lives.

Alternatively, you could choose a module from a chemistry-related area such as Cell biology (S294)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q64-3,module,S294,,1 or Science in context (S250)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q64-3,module,S250,,1 which deals with science and its ‘real world’ relevance.

Your final study at Stage 2 will be Practical science: chemistry and analysis (SXC288)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q64-3,module,SXC288,,1 which will develop the practical skills you need to complement these modules. Throughout your studies you’ll continue to develop your analytical, numerical, teamwork and problem-solving skills.

Stage 3

At Stage 3, currently you’ll explore three 20-credit modules: Chemical change and environmental applications (S345)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q64-3,module,S345,,1; Drug design and synthesis (S346)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q64-3,module,S346,,1; and Metals and life (S347)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q64-3,module,S347,,1. Additional 30-credit module options are available: Molecular and cell biology (S377)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q64-3,module,S377,,1, Signals and perception: the science of the senses (SD329)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q64-3,module,SD329,,1 and Oceanography (S330)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q64-3,module,S330,,1.

Your final study will be Science project course: frontiers in chemistry (SXM390)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q64-3,module,SXM390,,1 where you’ll undertake individual investigations within a range of defined topics, such as:

  • combinatorial chemistry
  • drug design and synthesis
  • fuel cells
  • metals and life
  • nanotechnology
  • biopolymers
  • porous materials
  • trans-actinides.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes six years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from three (full-time study equivalent) to 16 years. You can choose to vary the pace at which you study, although we recommend that you aim to study 60 credits a year as the Science curriculum is designed to be studied part-time. Some modules are best studied sequentially rather than simultaneously – particularly as you develop your study skills at Stages 1 and 2.


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