Natural Sciences 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons) or MSci Integrated Master’s

Keele brings together the study of diverse sciences in a rigorous but stimulating single honours course, which you can tailor to your own interests. You could find yourself exploring biosciences, forensic science, chemistry, psychology, physics, maths, environmental science, computer science, earth science and physical geography.

Single Honours
Integrated master's
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 Years/ 4 years with Integrated Masters

UCAS code: CFG0

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Course Overview

You’ll begin by studying two core natural science subjects (chosen from a range in the physical sciences, biosciences and geosciences) plus a supporting science subject and a bespoke, interdisciplinary module. In your final year, you could stay with that broad base or specialise more in your chosen science. You could also choose to extend your degree programme to a four year undergraduate masters (MSci Natural Sciences).

Natural Sciences BSc and MSci Pathways (PDF)

What will this mean for my future?

A degree in Natural Sciences from Keele will open up a huge range of careers (not just in the sciences) as well as opportunities for higher study. In 2016, Keele University were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. Employers value natural sciences graduates because of the breadth of their understanding and their independent and creative approach to problem solving.

You’ll also have an excellent set of transferable skills, in areas such as communication, teamwork and the ability to assimilate and use information quickly and effectively. The four year MSci degree is ideally suited for those wanting to pursue a career in academic or commercial research.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Science and Society
  • Selection of modules from your core science subjects
  • Supporting science module

Second year

  • Research Skills for Natural Scientists
  • Selection of modules from your core science subjects
  • Supporting science module

Third year

  • Natural Sciences Research Project
  • Grand Challenges in Society
  • Selection of modules from your core science subjects

Fourth year (MSci)

  • Generic Research Skills
  • Advanced Research Training
  • MSci Research Project
  • Subject-specific modules from your core science subject

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

The interdisciplinary nature of the MSci Natural Sciences degree programme means that different students will take different combinations of compulsory, optional and elective modules depending on their chosen pathway through the Natural Sciences programme. Full details are shown in the Tables below. All MSci Natural Sciences students take the following compulsory modules which are bespoke to the BSc and MSci Natural Sciences degree programmes:

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)


Compulsory Modules (for all students)



NAT-10001: Science and Society


Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)


Compulsory Modules (for all students)



NAT-20001: Research Skills for Natural Scientists


Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)


Compulsory Modules (for all students)



NAT-30001: Grand Challenges in Society


NAT-30002: Natural Sciences Research Project


Modules - Year Four


Compulsory Modules (for all students)



NAT-40002: Advanced Research Training


ESC-40045: Generic Research Skills


NAT-40001: MSci Research Project



In addition, students studying MSci Natural Sciences take two science subjects as core (45-credits per subject) plus EITHER a third  science subject as a ‘supporting’ science (15-credits) in Years 1 and 2 OR an elective module (15 credits). In Year 3, students choose optional modules, subject to pre-requisites, from the range available within their core science subjects. Entry to Year-3 of the MSci Natural Science programme requires an average of 60% in all modules at Year-2. Students who wish to progress onto the MSci Natural Science programme should be aware that there may be specific requirements for them to take certain options modules in Year-3, in order to ensure that they have appropriate background for some Year-4 modules.


The exact combination of subjects available to students wishing to progress onto the MSci programme is dependent upon timetabling restrictions and the availability of Level-7 modules (Table 1). The MSci Natural Sciences programme is only available to students who have studied the following science subjects as core in the three-year programme and wish to pursue that subject to an advanced level: Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, and Forensic Science.


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