Which? uses cookies to improve our sites and by continuing you agree to our cookies policy.

MSci 5 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

37%

Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
Student score
91% HIGH
86% MED
85% MED
% employed or in further study
92% LOW
97% MED
94% MED
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
£22.5k HIGH
£26k HIGH
Icon pencil

What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB-ABC

The course requires A level subjects that are not appropriate for year one of the applicant's chosen degree programme. There are also additional GCSE requirements which depend on the pathway chosen.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers
BBB

BTEC Diploma
DDD

Students with a science based BTEC course that does not meet the subject/content requirements of the degree they wish to progress to, will be considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
DDD

Students with a science based BTEC course that does not meet the subject/content requirements of the degree they wish to progress to, will be considered.

International Baccalaureate
30

Students should not be taking Science subjects at Higher level

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

37%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
Icon docs

Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

You will study biology, chemistry and mathematics. This will provide you with the best possible background to enter the first year of your chosen degree programme. Students benefit from a wide range of teaching and learning styles, from traditional seminars, practicals and lab activities, lectures and tutorials to multimedia and internet-based systems. All teaching is carried out on University Park Campus by the same academic staff who teach on the main degree programmes; this helps to ensure the high standards that you would expect from The University of Nottingham. All students receive tutorial support and international students also have the opportunity to improve their written and spoken English skills at the University's Centre for Language Education (CELE).

Modules

Year 1: Students study mathematics and science subjects, which are appropriate for their chosen pathway; students benefit from a wide range of teaching and learning styles - from traditional seminars, practicals and lab activities, lectures and tutorials to state-of-the-art multimedia and world wide web systems.

University of Nottingham

BioEnergy and Brewing Science Building

A world-leading University attracting some of the brightest minds from the UK and abroad to study on vibrant campuses here, and internationally. Surrounded by an amazing city, University of Nottingham students have an incredible time making friends and getting the best education. The University is ranked in the top 1% of all universities worldwide.

How you'll spend your time

Sorry, we don’t have study time information to display here

How you'll be assessed

Sorry, we don’t have course assessment information to display here

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

Icon bubble

What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 98%
Student score 91% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

93%

Staff made the subject interesting

89%

Library resources are satisfactory

97%

Feedback on work has been helpful

66%

Feedback on work has been prompt

78%

Staff are good at explaining things

100%

Received sufficient advice and support

89%

?

Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
10% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
61% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
407 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
88% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
Icon ribbon

What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 92% LOW
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

7%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

6%

Graduates who are other administrative occupations

5%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Things are improving - slowly - for biology graduates, so don't get too worried about the unemployment stats above, as they are normally more encouraging. 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). If you think you only want to do a first degree for now, there are jobs for biologists in science and clinical labs and in the health, food and water industries. But you can actually get all sorts of jobs with a biology degree – last year’s biology graduates got jobs in sectors ranging from PR to accountancy.
Icon bubble

What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 91%
Student score 86% MED
Able to access IT resources

87%

Staff made the subject interesting

83%

Library resources are satisfactory

84%

Feedback on work has been helpful

59%

Feedback on work has been prompt

72%

Staff are good at explaining things

97%

Received sufficient advice and support

84%

?

Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
14% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
40% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
425 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
88% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
Icon ribbon

What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 97% MED
Average graduate salary £22.5k HIGH
Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

7%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

7%

Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

6%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The number of students taking chemistry courses hasn't changed much in the last ten years, even as numbers in most other subjects have risen, and it's felt the UK has a shortage of chemistry grads overall. 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 many industries, from the food industry to teaching, need chemistry graduates, and 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. The recession hasn't been too kind to chemists, and current problems, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry (one of the key employers for chemists), mean that the stats are probably a little worse than we'd normally expect – they should improve over the next few years.
Icon bubble

What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 95%
Student score 85% MED
Able to access IT resources

100%

Staff made the subject interesting

83%

Library resources are satisfactory

90%

Feedback on work has been helpful

65%

Feedback on work has been prompt

62%

Staff are good at explaining things

95%

Received sufficient advice and support

91%

?

Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
9% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
17% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
473 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
84% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
Icon ribbon

What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 94% MED
Average graduate salary £26k HIGH
Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

10%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

7%

Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

4%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Although the subject has seen a bit of resurgence in recent years, the UK is still felt to be short of physics graduates, and in particular physicists training as teachers. If you want a career in physics research – in all sorts of areas, from atmospheric physics to lasers - you'll probably need to take a doctorate, and so have a think about where you would like to do that and how you might fund it (the government funds many physics doctorates, so you might not find it as hard as you think). With that in mind, it's not surprising that nearly a quarter of physics graduates go on to take doctorates when they finish their degree. Physics is highly regarded and surprisingly versatile, which is why physics graduates who decide not to stay in education are more likely to go into well-paid jobs in the finance industry than they are to go into science. IT and engineering – also commanding decent salaries - are other popular industries for physics graduates.
Carousel arrow left Carousel arrow right
Get all the advice
Expert tips for uni - straight to your inbox
Free to students, teachers and parents
Sign me up
Follow us