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Loughborough University

Natural Sciences

UCAS Code: CGF0

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

AAA including two or three sciences dependent on the chosen pathway

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Mathematics grade C/4

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

37

37 (6,6,6 HL) including two or three sciences at HL dependent on the chosen pathway

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate: D plus A Level grades AA from two sciences. For pathways 3, 6, 11, 16 only

UCAS Tariff

144

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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Biology

Mathematics

Chemistry

The complex problems we face in the modern world increasingly require scientists to adopt a multidisciplinary approach in the search for solutions.Building on the Universitys established reputation in the fields of bioscience, chemistry, geography, materials, mathematics and physics, our Natural Sciences course is a broad based combined honours degree with a core of biology and chemistry together with a range of life and physical science options.It enables students to work across more than one discipline by providing the flexibility to study three disciplines chosen from a range of physical and biological sciences in year one, before specialising in two disciplines by year three.Developing the powerful skills needed to work between disciplines and communicate across them, you will be taught by academic staff who are internationally renowned experts in their respective fields and active in interdisciplinary research.Students will also conduct their own laboratory-based project.

Modules

Year 1:
Students will choose three subjects from the following list:
Bioscience
Chemistry
Geography
Materials
Mathematics
Physics

Core modules depend on the areas of study chosen, but could include: Fundamentals of Chemistry (Chemistry); Mechanics of Materials (Materials); Fields and Forces (Physics); Mathematical Methods (Mathematics); Genetics and Molecular Biology (Bioscience); Environmental Hazards (Geography).

Year 2

Building on the pathways chosen in Year 1, you will focus on developing key skills across these areas. You will chose two to three pathways from:
Bioscience
Chemistry
Geography
Materials
Mathematics
Physics

These will determine the core modules studied. You will also choose from a range of options, including: Energetics and Equilibria (Chemistry); Phase Transformations in Materials (Materials); Nuclear Physics (Physics); Probability Theory (Mathematics); Metabolic Basis of Health (Bioscience); River Ecology (Geography).

Year 3:
Students will conduct a research project and, depending on choices in year two, will take core modules in up to two subject areas and choose from a range of options.

Year 4:
In addition to a compulsory major independent research project in your chosen subject area, there is a choice of optional modules to further flexibly tailor your course. in their chosen subject area, there is a choice of optional modules.

Assessment methods

Depending on the nature of the material, some modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination (for example 25% coursework and 75% examination), whilst other modules are assessed by 100% coursework or 100% by examination.

Coursework is based on a variety of tasks including individual essays, projects, laboratory work, contribution in tutorials, group work and presentations.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£20,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Loughborough University

Department:

School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

88%
high
Mathematics
93%
high
Chemistry

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biological and sport sciences

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
60%
Male students
40%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A

Mathematics

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

96%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
99%
Course specific equipment and facilities
90%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
67%
Male students
33%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B

Chemistry

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
99%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
96%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

99%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
100%
Course specific equipment and facilities
78%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
63%
Male students
37%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biological and sport sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
75%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Sports and fitness occupations
9%
Childcare and related personal services
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The recession was tough on biology graduates, and although the jobs market has improved for them - a lot - it's still not back to where it was a few years ago. If you want a career in biology research — and a lot of biology students do - you'll need to take a doctorate, so give some thought as to where you might do it and how you might fund it (the government still funds doctorates for good students). A lot of graduates also take 1 year Masters courses to specialise in this wide and deep subject - most students take a standard biology course for their first degree and then specialise in subjects like ecology, conservation or marine biology later. Hospitals, universities, biotech firms, zoos and nature reserves and clinical and scientific testing are common industries of employment for biology graduates.

Mathematics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£26,000
high
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
88%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Business, research and administrative professionals
21%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to feel needed? This is one of the most flexible degrees of all and with so much of modern work being based on data, there are options everywhere for maths graduates. With all that training in handling figures, it's hardly surprising that a lot of maths graduates go into well-paid jobs in the IT or finance industries, and last year, a maths graduate in London could expect a very respectable average starting salary of £27k. And we're always short of teachers in maths, so that is an excellent option for anyone wanting to help the next generation. And if you want a research job, you'll want a doctorate — and a really good maths doctorate will get you all sorts of interest from academia and finance — and might secure some of the highest salaries going for new leavers from university.

Chemistry

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
83%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
12%
Science, engineering and production technicians
10%
Teaching and educational professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Chemistry graduates are in demand from a wide range of industries, from the food, oil, chemicals and pharmaceuticals to consultancy, technical analysis and teaching. They're also prized by business and finance employers for their research and data handling skills — anywhere there is research and data to be explained, you can find chemistry grads. If you want a career in research, you need a doctorate, so start planning now if you fancy one of these exciting and challenging jobs - but good students can usually get grants to take a doctorate, so don't worry about the financing if you think you have what it takes. The recession wasn’t too kind to chemists, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry (one of the key employers for chemists), but things are getting back to normal for this flexible group and it's one of the few degrees that is bucking the current trend and increasing graduate numbers.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Biology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£20k

£20k

£25k

£25k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Mathematics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£24k

£24k

£29k

£29k

£32k

£32k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Chemistry

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£26k

£26k

£31k

£31k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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