Overview

Natural Sciences

Society has an urgent demand for scientists who can tackle complex problems by bringing together the ideas of different disciplines. This integrated Masters programme prepares you to take on the scientific challenges of future decades.

On this course, the concepts and language of multiple sciences are taught to you from the beginning. You’ll build solid foundations in three science subjects, coming to specialise in two subjects in your final year. By developing your knowledge of multiple subjects side by side, you’ll acquire a unique version of how the ideas and tools of science link together in our understanding of the natural world. The available subject options are biochemistry, biology, chemistry, environmental science, food science and nutrition, mathematics, and physics.

Within the programme structure you have the opportunity to tailor the scientific components of your degree and their individual weightings to create a course that builds you into the scientist you want to be.

Enhancing your degree

This course offers the opportunity to gain industrial experience on a placement year or to study abroad for a year. Both schemes add an additional year to the course, taking the total length of the programme to 5 years.

Our industrial placement scheme gives you the opportunity to gain work experience in an industry relevant to your degree and interests. Our students often describe this industrial experience as an invaluable part of their degree and one which stands them in good stead for their future careers.

The study abroad year enables you to gain insight into the study of natural sciences at one of our partner universities overseas. Many students have found this to be extremely worthwhile in helping broaden their horizons in terms of learning about a new culture and improving their foreign language skills.

Related courses

Biochemistry BSc
Biology and Mathematics BSc
Chemistry MChem, BSc
Medicinal Chemistry MChem, BSc
Mathematics MMath, BSc



Course content: Natural Sciences MNatSc, BSc

You’ll initially study three subjects, from a choice of biochemistry, biology, chemistry, environmental science, food science and nutrition, mathematics, and physics, specialising in two of these in either year 2 or 3.

Your second year is very flexible. You can either study two subjects with equal weightings, study two subjects with a major/minor split, or study three subjects. Your third subject will be your minor subject and can be either a science carried over from first year or a discovery module, such as a language or business course.

In your third year, you’ll study two sciences. You can choose to study the two subjects equally or as a major/minor split.

In the fourth year, you’ll study two sciences and undertake a major research project, which you’ll undertake in our research laboratories. The project can be based solely in one scientific area or you could do an interdisciplinary project, building on your knowledge of two sciences.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

COMPULSORY MODULES

Studying in a Digital Age 5 credits
OPTIONAL MODULES

The Molecules of Life 10 credits
Multicellular Systems 10 credits
Integrated Skills in Biosciences 1 20 credits
Tutorials (Joint Honours) 5 credits
Introduction to Cell Biology: from Molecules to Cells and Tissues 10 credits
The Diversity of Life 10 credits
Applied Biology and Agriculture 10 credits
Introduction to Genetics 10 credits
Practical Genetics 10 credits
Introduction to Modern Chemistry 20 credits
Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry 10 credits
Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry 10 credits
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 10 credits
Practical Skills in Chemistry for Joint Honours 1 10 credits
Practical Skills in Chemistry for Joint Honours 2 10 credits
The Basis of Life 20 credits
Key Industrial Processing Operations for Food 20 credits
Principles of Human Physiology and Nutrition 20 credits
Calculus and Mathematical Analysis 10 credits
Numbers and Vectors 10 credits
Introductory Linear Algebra 10 credits
Modelling with Differential Equations 10 credits
Laboratory 1a (Joint Honours) 5 credits
Quantum Mechanics and Electricity (Joint Honours) 15 credits
Vibrations and Thermal Physics (Joint Honours) 20 credits
Maths 1- Scalars and Vectors 10 credits
Maths 2- Multivariable Calculus 10 credits
Natural Hazards 10 credits
Environment and Ecology 10 credits
The Atmosphere of Planet Earth 10 credits
Introduction to Meteorology and Weather Forecasting 10 credits
Water in the Environment 10 credits
Key Industrial Processing Operations for Food 20 credits
Principles of Human Physiology and Nutrition 20 credits

Year 2

OPTIONAL MODULES

The Power of Bacterial Genomics 10 credits
Genetic Engineering 10 credits
Biological Membranes and Cell Signalling 10 credits
Human Diseases 10 credits
Integrated Skills for Biosciences 2 20 credits
Parasitology 10 credits
Animal Nutrition and Metabolism 20 credits
Population and Community Ecology 20 credits
How Plants Work 10 credits
Experimental Design and Analysis 10 credits
Introduction to Bioinformatics 10 credits
Animal Behaviour 10 credits
Organismal Evolution 10 credits
Animal Developmental Biology 10 credits
Animal Physiology: from Ants to Whales 10 credits
Human Genetics 10 credits
Chemotherapy 10 credits
Introduction to Toxicology 10 credits
Structure and Synthesis of Materials 10 credits
Introduction to Organic Synthesis 10 credits
Structure and Spectroscopy 10 credits
Science and Society: The Critical Interface 10 credits
Introduction to Drug Design 10 credits
Organic Structure and Mechanism 10 credits
Organometallic and f-block Chemistry 10 credits
Equilibrium and Analysis: from Ions to Proteins 10 credits
Foundations of Physical Chemistry 20 credits
Laboratory Work 2b 10 credits
Chemistry: Idea to Market 10 credits
Real Analysis 15 credits
Mathematical Logic 1 10 credits
Geometry of Curves and Surfaces 10 credits
Further Linear Algebra 10 credits
Discrete Mathematics 10 credits
Discrete Mathematics with Computation 15 credits
Vector Calculus 15 credits
Linear Differential Equations and Transforms 15 credits
Nonlinear Differential Equations 10 credits
Special Relativity 10 credits
Numerical Analysis 10 credits
Numerical Analysis with Computation 15 credits
Fluid Dynamics 1 10 credits
Introduction to Optimisation 10 credits
Calculus of Variations 10 credits
Cell Biology of Disease 10 credits
Molecular Virology 10 credits
Medical Bacteriology 10 credits
Medical Immunology 10 credits
Medical Virology 10 credits
Physics Laboratory 3- Experimental Physics (A) 10 credits
Physics Laboratory 4- Experimental Physics (B) 10 credits
Physics 3- Fields and Energy 25 credits
Physics 4- Quantum and Nuclear Physics 25 credits
Electromagnetism (Joint Honours) 15 credits
Quantum Mechanics (Joint Honours) 15 credits
Maths 3- Matrices and Operators 10 credits
Maths 4- Transforms and Partial Differential Equations 10 credits
Chemistry of the Earth 10 credits
Meteorology 10 credits
Climate Change: science and impacts 10 credits
Introductory Oceanography 10 credits
Palaeoecology, Palaeobiology & Evolution 10 credits
Water Quality 10 credits
Atmospheric Pollution 10 credits
Introduction to Geophysics 10 credits
Managing biodiversity 10 credits
Climate Change: Society & Human Dimension 10 credits
Energy Transitions: Tech, Markets & Policy 10 credits
Contaminated Land Studies 10 credits
Environmental Policy and Governance 10 credits
Microbiological and Chemical Food Safety 20 credits
Innovation and Design Principles for Foods 10 credits
Food Colloids: Formulation of Creamy, Fatty and Bubbly Foods 10 credits
Food Analysis 10 credits
Food and the Allergic Reaction 10 credits
Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease 20 credits
Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease 10 credits
Introduction to Food Product Development 10 credits
Food Quality Assurance 10 credits
Molecules Controlling Sensory and Nutritional Properties 20 credits
Physiology II - Integration Between Physiology and Nutrition 10 credits
Principles of Research: Diet in Populations 10 credits

Year 3

OPTIONAL MODULES

Advanced Topics in Biochemistry I 20 credits
Laboratory/Literature/Computing Research Project 40 credits
Advanced Topics in Biochemistry 2 20 credits
Advanced Topics in Biochemistry 3 20 credits
Advanced Topics for Biological Sciences 1 20 credits
Advanced Topics for Biological Sciences 2 20 credits
Advanced Topics for Biological Sciences 3 20 credits
Extended Research Project Preparation 20 credits
Research Project 20 credits
Applied Animal Science 10 credits
Applied Genetics 20 credits
Social Insect Biology 10 credits
Advanced Topics in Ecology 20 credits
Advanced Topics in Behaviour: from sex to death 20 credits
Advanced Topics in Human Genetics 20 credits
Plant Growth, Resources and Food Security 20 credits
Applied Plant Science 10 credits
Epigenetics 20 credits
Conservation Biology 10 credits
Advanced Topics in Zoology 10 credits
Advanced Topics in Evolution 20 credits
Evolution and Population Genetics 10 credits
Animal Developmental Biology 10 credits
Plant Developmental Biology 10 credits
Animal Nutrition Science 20 credits
Comparative Genomics 10 credits
Biology Integrated Research Projects 40 credits
Introduction to Organic Synthesis 10 credits
Introduction to Drug Design 10 credits
Organic Structure and Mechanism 10 credits
Organometallic and f-block Chemistry 10 credits
Foundations of Physical Chemistry 20 credits
Advanced Organometallics and Catalysis 10 credits
Chemical Bonding and Reactivity 10 credits
The Medicinal Chemistry of Drug Development 10 credits
Organic Synthesis 10 credits
Atmospheric Chemistry 10 credits
Chromatography and Analytical Separation 10 credits
Chemistry at the Molecular Level 10 credits
Reactivity in Organic Chemistry - Principles and Applications 10 credits
Soft Matter: Self-Assembling and Polymeric Materials 10 credits
Fundamental Supramolecular Chemistry 10 credits
Lab work with integrated project for Natural Sciences and Joint Honours 25 credits
Extended Literature-based Project Work 15 credits
Laboratory-based Project Work for Natural Sciences 40 credits
Chemistry into Schools 20 credits
Laboratory Work 2M 20 credits
Combinatorial Optimisation 10 credits
Graph Algorithms and Complexity Theory 10 credits
Mathematical Logic 1 10 credits
Geometry of Curves and Surfaces 10 credits
Discrete Mathematics 10 credits
Discrete Mathematics with Computation 15 credits
Linear Differential Equations and Transforms 15 credits
Nonlinear Differential Equations 10 credits
Special Relativity 10 credits
Numerical Analysis 10 credits
Numerical Analysis with Computation 15 credits
Fluid Dynamics 1 10 credits
Calculus of Variations 10 credits
Mathematics into Schools 10 credits
Computational Mathematics 10 credits
Project in Mathematics 20 credits
History of Mathematics 15 credits
Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics 20 credits
Graph Theory 15 credits
Proof and Computation 15 credits
Differential Geometry 15 credits
Models and Sets 15 credits
Combinatorics 15 credits
Coding Theory 15 credits
Transformation Geometry 15 credits
Hamiltonian Systems 15 credits
Mathematical Methods 15 credits
Linear and Non-Linear Waves 15 credits
Hydrodynamic Stability 15 credits
Quantum Mechanics 15 credits
Dynamical Systems 15 credits
Nonlinear Dynamics 15 credits
Analytic Solutions of Partial Differential Equations 15 credits
Introduction to Entropy in the Physical World 15 credits
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics 15 credits
Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics 15 credits
Numerical Methods 10 credits
Modern Numerical Methods 15 credits
Discrete Systems and Integrability 15 credits
Cosmology 10 credits
Mathematical Biology 15 credits
Evolutionary Modelling 15 credits
Fluid Dynamics 2 15 credits
Statistical Theory 15 credits
Stochastic Financial Modelling 15 credits
Multivariate Analysis 10 credits
Time Series 10 credits
Bayesian Statistics 10 credits
Generalised Linear Models 10 credits
Introduction to Statistics and DNA 10 credits
Medical Image Analysis 10 credits
Cosmology 15 credits
Photonics 15 credits
Joint Honours (Science): Project 20 credits
Molecular Simulation: Theory and Practice 15 credits
Star and Planet Formation 15 credits
Advanced Quantum Mechanics 15 credits
Quantum Photonics 15 credits
Quantum Matter 15 credits
Magnetism in Condensed Matter 15 credits
Statistical Mechanics 15 credits
Advanced Mechanics 15 credits
Bionanophysics 1 15 credits
Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics 15 credits
Physics in Schools 15 credits
Advanced Lab (MNatSci) 20 credits
Frontiers in Environmental Research 10 credits
Atmospheric Science Field Skills 10 credits
Advanced Fieldwork: Principles of Environmental Ecology 10 credits
Earth System Sci: Biogeochemical Cycles 10 credits
Earth Observations from Space 10 credits
Catchment Processes and Management 20 credits
Atmos & Ocean Climate Change Processes 10 credits
Atmospheric Pollution: Causes, Impact and Regulation 10 credits
Ice in the Earth System 10 credits
Oceanography in the Earth System 10 credits
Strategic Energy Issues 10 credits
Practical Weather Forecasting 10 credits
Terrestrial Biosphere in the Earth System 10 credits
Chemistry of the Earth 10 credits
Meteorology 10 credits
Introductory Oceanography 10 credits
Palaeoecology, Palaeobiology & Evolution 10 credits
Water Quality 10 credits
Atmospheric Pollution 10 credits
Introduction to Geophysics 10 credits
Managing biodiversity 10 credits
Food Processing: from Farm to Shop 10 credits
How Ingredients Interact in Foods 20 credits
Food Research: Recent Revelations and Disputes 10 credits
Functional Foods 10 credits
Food and Cancer 10 credits
Critical Appraisal of Scientific Literature 10 credits
Critical Appraisal of Scientific Literature 20 credits
Research Project: Investigation and Discovery 40 credits

Year 4

OPTIONAL MODULES

Bioimaging 10 credits
Topics in Plant Science 10 credits
Infectious & Non-infectious Diseases 10 credits
Drug and Chemical Toxicology 10 credits
Plant Biotechnology 10 credits
High-throughput Technologies 10 credits
Medical Diagnostics 10 credits
Treatment of Infectious Disease and Cancer 10 credits
Advanced Biomolecular Technologies 20 credits
Bioscience MSc Research Project 60 credits
Community Ecology 15 credits
Conservation Genetics 15 credits
Advanced Statistics 10 credits
Introduction to GIS Skills for Ecologists 10 credits
Laboratory-based Project Work 4M 40 credits
Laboratory-based Project Work 6M 60 credits
Advanced Topics in Chemistry (40 Credit) 40 credits
Advanced Topics in Chemistry (30 Credit) 30 credits
Advanced Topics in Chemistry (20 Credit) 20 credits
Graph Theory: Structure and Algorithms 15 credits
Assignment in Mathematics (40cr) 40 credits
Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics 20 credits
Advanced Proof and Computation 20 credits
Advanced Differential Geometry 20 credits
Advanced Models and Sets 20 credits
Advanced Coding Theory 20 credits
Advanced Hamiltonian Systems 20 credits
Advanced Mathematical Methods 20 credits
Advanced Linear and Nonlinear Waves 20 credits
Advanced Hydrodynamic Stability 20 credits
Advanced Quantum Mechanics 20 credits
Advanced Dynamical Systems 20 credits
Advanced Nonlinear Dynamics 20 credits
Advanced Entropy in the Physical World 20 credits
Advanced Geophysical Fluid Dynamics 20 credits
Advanced Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics 20 credits
Advanced Modern Numerical Methods 20 credits
Advanced Discrete Systems and Integrability 20 credits
Advanced Mathematical Biology 20 credits
Advanced Evolutionary Modelling 20 credits
Research Project 40 credits
Research Project 60 credits
Soft Matter Physics: Liquid Crystals 15 credits
Winds, Bubbles and Explosions 15 credits
Bionanophysics 2: Advanced Bionanophysics Research 15 credits
Superconductivity 15 credits
Soft Matter Physics: Polymers, Colloids and Glasses 15 credits
Quantum Transport in Nanostructures 15 credits
Quantum Field Theory 15 credits
General Relativity 15 credits
Quantum Information Science and Technology 15 credits
Current Research Topics in Physics 15 credits
Quantum Optics 15 credits
Biogeochemical Cycles of the Earth System 15 credits
Ice in the Earth System 15 credits
Oceanography in the Earth System 15 credits
Past Global Environmental Systems 15 credits
Weather, Climate and Air Quality 30 credits
Terrestrial Biosphere in the Earth System 15 credits
Physical Aspects of Food 10 credits
Food Biotechnology 10 credits
Diet and Cardiovascular Health 10 credits
Impacts of Food Processing on Nutritional Quality 10 credits
GMOs, Antibodies and PCR 10 credits
Nutrition: Policy and Practice 20 credits
Personalised Nutrition 10 credits
Sensory Science 20 credits
Nutrition Through the Lifecourse 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Natural Sciences MNatSc, BSc in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

As a Natural Sciences student at Leeds we ensure that you benefit from a wide range of teaching methods.

These different methods of teaching, together with the continuous support of our teaching staff, enable you to effectively apply what you have learnt through a series of exams, coursework, and continuous assessment. This means that you graduate with the correct mix of knowledge and transferable skills for a successful future career, whatever you choose to do.

Read more about learning and teaching methods.

Assessment

Throughout years one to three, many modules have a component of continually-assessed work which makes up 10-20% of the final mark. The other 80-90% comes from an examination. We also assess through written reports, presentations and oral discussions throughout the programme, which builds up your skills in these areas. Some subject combinations will require you to write a dissertation as part of your degree, whilst others will require you to carry out laboratory practical work which is continually assessed.

In your final year, alongside assessed theory modules, you’ll perform a major research project under the guidance of a member of academic staff, which will contribute to the final mark you are awarded.

Entry requirements, fees and applying: Natural Sciences MNatSc, BSc

Entry requirements

A-level: A*AA

Your A-level subject combination must enable the study of 3 subjects in year 1. See table below for details of which A-level is required to study which subject on the course.

SubjectRequired A-level
BiologyBiology
BiochemistryChemistry
ChemistryChemistry
Environmental ScienceAny two science subjects
Food Science and NutritionAny two science subjects
MathematicsMathematics
PhysicsPhysics and Mathematics

Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.

Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking

GCSE:

English Grade C, if a Mathematics A Level equivalent is not required then a minimum Grade B in GCSE Mathematics is required

Alternative Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Contact the Admissions Tutor to discuss if the course content provides required foundation for desired pathway. Pathways involving mathematics will require mathematics A-Level Grade A

BTEC

Contact the Admissions Tutor to discuss if the course content provides required foundation for desired pathway. Pathways involving mathematics will require mathematics A-Level Grade A.

Cambridge Pre-U

D2 D3 D3 in 3 principal subjects, which must enable the study of 3 subjects in year 1

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall including Higher Level 6 in the subjects which enable the study of 3 subjects in year 1

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

H1 H1 H1 H1 H1 H1 - The subject combination must enable the study of 3 subjects in year 1

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AAA at Advanced Higher level. Subjects must enable the study of 3 subjects in year 1.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative Entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Foundation year

If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

- University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

- Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

- Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any one component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £21,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Career opportunities: Natural Sciences MNatSc, BSc

As a Natural Sciences graduate, you’ll be ideally positioned to pursue a research career in your chosen scientific field or mathematics, having experienced four years of study and gained an insight into the development of new knowledge and its applications.

For many graduates the natural progression is into postgraduate study, to further develop their research skills and subject knowledge. However, there are also many opportunities to immediately take up employment in research or in an area such as consultancy, teaching, or other science related fields, where your multidisciplinary skills will be in high demand.

The breadth of subject knowledge, research skills and practical experience that you will gain whilst studying Natural Sciences will open the door to a wide range of employment opportunities. Whether advancing knowledge in a research role or leading economic, environmental, social or political change in a professional capacity, you’ll not only shape your own future but that of many others.

Throughout your studies we will provide all the advice, support and guidance you need to find a career that suits you. Visit our employability pages to find out more.

Careers support

Throughout your degree course we will make sure that you have the support and opportunity to develop the skills and experience you’ll need to make the most of your career choices.

Our industrial placement scheme allows you to gain valuable work experience that can help you stand out from the crowd. You could also secure a part-time job that you can feature on your CV through the students’ union's Joblink.

Our study abroad scheme allows you to experience another culture and develop life skills, which many employers value. The students’ union also provides volunteering opportunities which can help you in your personal development.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Spending a year living and studying in another country is a unique experience. Unlike the passing tourist, you have the chance to totally immerse yourself in another culture. You will gain unforgettable experiences and memories that you will draw upon in your working and personal life for years to come. In addition to this, the proven ability to live and work in an international context is an asset that employers actively seek.

On this course you have the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad. During your year abroad, you’ll study natural sciences at your host institution.

Students who spend a year in Europe through the ERASMUS programme also receive a maintenance grant for their year away and pay a reduced tuition fee for the year abroad.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

The industrial placement (“Year in Industry”) scheme provides you with the opportunity to experience salaried work before you graduate. Employers actively seek graduates who already have work experience and it can make all the difference in interviews. In addition, the opportunity to work every day with scientists who are experts in their field is an incredible opportunity to enhance your knowledge.

An industrial placement will boost your self-confidence, not only in your chosen subject area, but in the marketplace generally. You will be able to choose from a range of industries in which to work. In previous years, students have worked at many prestigious companies.

During your industrial placement you’ll have an industrial supervisor from within the company, plus an academic supervisor who will keep in touch throughout your placement.

If you are not sure right now whether or not an industrial placement is right for you, don't worry - you will not have to start applying for placements until the beginning of your second year.