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Natural Sciences BSc (Hons) (2017 Entry)
From understanding the origins of the Universe to avoiding antibiotic resistance or mitigating climate change, some of the World’s most pressing societal problems increasingly demand an interdisciplinary scientific approach. Keele has a long history of interdisciplinary research, teaching and learning, and a founding commitment to the development of graduates with the skills to address complex problems in changing workplaces. If you are open-minded, creative, inquiring and excited by the challenge of exploring interdisciplinary boundaries, Keele’s new Natural Sciences degree programme, part of the new Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences (ILAS), could be right for you. Our impressive 19th century mansion house, Keele Hall, is a dedicated hub for interdisciplinary discussion, debate and learning.
The Natural Sciences degree programme at Keele provides you with exciting opportunities to draw on the expertise of scientists in the fields of Biosciences, Maths, Forensic Science, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Earth Science and Physical Geography, and to design a degree programme which is tailored to your personal interests. We offer training and experience in a variety of field, laboratory, analytical, presentational, writing and research skills, providing an excellent platform for a broad range of careers. Our approachable and inspiring staff have leading research reputations in their fields, and a strong commitment to creative and dynamic high quality, research-led teaching and learning.
Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF)
Looking for a more complete list of modules? You can view the module list for 2017 entry on our Module Catalogue:Module Catalogue
The Natural Sciences degree programme is an integrated Single Honours programme that involves the study a range of science subjects and provides opportunity for students to explore the interdisciplinary boundaries and scientific debates that lie at the heart of some of the World’s most pressing scientific and societal problems. The programme’s association with Keele’s new Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Grand Challenges lecture series will enable students to engage with eminent speakers at the forefront of their disciplines. In addition, the inclusion of collaborative teaching sessions with students on the related Liberal Arts programme provides the opportunity for wider discussion and debate and a further broadening of your intellectual horizons.
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 science students will be adept in team-based collaborative working and will have the language, communication skills and empathy to address complex problems in changing workplaces. A variety of careers will be open to you across the sectors including science-based industries, careers in non-governmental organisations, charities, local and regional government, media and education, and commerce.
All Natural Sciences students take the following core modules which are bespoke to the Natural Sciences degree programme:
- Science and Society
- Research Skills for Natural Scientists
- Grand Challenges in Society
- Natural Sciences Research Project
You will then select two science subjects as core, plus one subject as a supporting science in the first and second year. In the third year, you will choose option modules, subject to pre-requisites, from the range available within your chosen core science subjects.
To explore the indicative modules for each core subject, and the supporting subjects, please refer to the Course Information Document
Skills and Careers
The BSc degree programme in Natural Sciences provides you with the opportunity to combine your interests in three science-based subjects. The interdisciplinary nature of this programme is specifically designed to provide students with the scientific skills and expertise required to tackle many of the world’s most pressing scientific and societal problems. Active participation in the Institute of Liberal Arts and Science’s “Grand Challenges” lecture series will provide explicit opportunities to discuss and debate these challenges and to consider the contributions the Natural Sciences can make to their resolution. As a consequence, those graduating from the programme will be equipped with the interdisciplinary perspectives and problem-solving skills required to address complex problems in a changing world.
Students undertaking this programme will gain a wide range of laboratory and field-based skills relevant to the core science subjects chosen and will also receive training and first-hand experience in the design, execution and presentation of independent research. The programme also incorporates a broad range of transferrable skills of value to employers including the ability to locate, evaluate and make effective use of research literature; and the ability to communicate complex concepts and issues clearly and effectively to a range of audiences using a variety of approaches.
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. 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.
Codes and Combinations
Codes and Combinations
The Natural Sciences course is UCAS code CFG0, although there are multiple combinations of subjects.
Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information
can be combined with:
Full Unistats data is available at unistats.direct.gov.uk (opens new window)
Students on the Natural Science degree programme have the potential opportunity to spend a semester abroad in their second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on the student’s choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website at Partner Universities; however, this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the University’s application process for studying abroad.
No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but students do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from their destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination they are studying at, additional costs may include; visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. Students should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK. Information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination
Whilst students are studying abroad, any Student Finance eligibility will continue. Where applicable, students may be eligible for specific travel or disability grants. Students studying in Erasmus+ destinations may be eligible for grants as part of this programme. Students studying outside of this programme may be eligible for after income dependent bursaries at Keele.
Students travel on a comprehensive Keele University insurance plan, for which there are currently no additional charges. Some Governments and/or universities require additional compulsory health coverage plans; costs for this will be advised during the application process.