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Durham University

Natural Sciences

UCAS Code: FGC0

Master of Science (with Honours) - Msci (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A,A

Specific subjects excluded for entry: General Studies and Critical Thinking. Information: Specific subjects may be required depending upon the mix of subjects to be studied. Please see the department's webpages 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.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

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.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D2,D3,D3

Specific subjects may be required depending upon the mix of subjects to be studied.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

38

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.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H2,H2,H2,H2

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*DD

Subject specific A Levels may also be required.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,A

Specific subjects may be required depending upon the mix of subjects to be studied.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,A

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.

UCAS Tariff

152-168

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94%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

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.

**Flexibility and choice**
It is possible to transfer into the second year of an MSci degree programme from a BSc, if you have successfully completed your first year of study and if you have taken the appropriate 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, but 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.

**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.

**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:

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.

Modules

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

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£24,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

University

Hatfield

St Hild and St Bede

No college preference

George Stephenson College

St Mary's

St Aidan's

Grey

John Snow College

St Chad's

St Cuthbert's

Van Mildert

St John's

Trevelyan

Collingwood

Josephine Butler College

Department:

Natural Sciences

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