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University of Southampton

Natural Sciences

UCAS Code: 4T88

Master of Natural Sciences - MNatSci

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A,A

A*AA to include three science subjects. A level science subjects considered include Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. Science practical components must be passed. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Use of Mathematics are excluded for entry.

The University of Southampton recognises the educational value of taking AS Levels alongside three A Levels and the breadth of studying additional subjects. However, all of our programmes express their entry criteria in terms of three subjects offered at A Level with selection decisions being informed, in part, by actual or predicted grades in those subjects (excluding General Studies, Use of Maths and Critical Thinking).

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D2,D3,D3

D2, D3, D3 from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of grade B.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

The University of Southampton requires all applicants to achieve at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics GCSEs (taken in England) or a Grade C in both subjects (where taken in Northern Ireland or Wales).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

37

Pass with overall score of 37 points, with 19 points required at higher level: including 6 points from at least two science subjects. Science subjects considered include Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. International Baccalaureate Career-related Programmes (IBCP): The University of Southampton accepts the IBCP for entry to their degree programmes, recognising the value of combining academic skills with practical skills, providing a solid preparation for university level work. Offers will be made on the individual components of the IBCP. Applicants not taking the full IBCP but presenting with a combination of a Level 3 vocational qualification and IB Certificates may still be considered. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences Admissions Office at ugafnes@soton.ac.uk for more information.

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

H1,H1,H1,H2,H2,H2

H1, H1, H1, H2, H2, H2 from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual's academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of the pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton's Curriculum for Excellence Scotland statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences Admissions Office at ugafnes@soton.ac.uk for more information. Applicants are also required to have achieved a pass in Maths and English at Standard Grade Grade 3 or National 5 Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/Grade 4.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,A

We normally consider applicants who offer at least 1 Advanced Higher. Applicants presenting with only Highers will be considered on a case by case basis. Where Highers are taken over two years it might be expected that higher grades are achieved, particularly in any specific subjects required. (For example - S5 - S6 (2 years) - AABBB (A in specific subject) or S6 (1 year) - ABBBB (A in specific subject) Please see the University of Southampton's Curriculum for Excellence Scotland statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences Admissions Office at ugafnes@soton.ac.uk for more information.

UCAS Tariff

112-165

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

76%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

This four year integrated Masters is a unique degree that offers you the opportunity to work with real world problems, helping you to develop an understanding of the social, ethical, political and economic issues that arise in the application of Science.

Not structured like other traditional degrees, this interdisciplinary programme gives you the opportunity to combine Natural Sciences modules with modules across a variety of disciplines. With help and guidance you will be able to choose from 1000+ modules, allowing you to tailor and shape your degree to suit your specific interests and career aspirations.

The modules you take will deepen your knowledge across the sciences and will help you to develop the practical and conceptual skills you will need to tackle complex issues in the real world.

You will carry out significant and original research projects, including a six-month full time placement where you could find yourself conducting laboratory experiments alongside some of the world’s leading researchers, investigating ocean currents on board a research vessel, trialling new biomedical devices in hospitals, or exploring extreme environments.

Modules

The natural sciences programme is built on a backbone of key interdisciplinary modules to help you acquire, integrate and use knowledge from different scientific disciplines to address major scientific challenges. Students choose optional modules from across science, engineering and the wider University, to learn about subjects and topics that particularly interest them. You will also be encouraged to explore topics in sociology, management, psychology and law to help you understand societal aspects of the application of science. From year one to year four, you will increasingly have the opportunity to tailor your modules to suit your interests. In the third and fourth years, you will join a research group and conduct original research in a multidisciplinary area of activity offered by members of staff across the University. In year four, you will have a six- month full-time placement that runs over the summer of the third year and through to the end of semester 1 of year.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£20,320
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Highfield Campus

Department:

FELS Central

TEF rating:

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