Natural Sciences MSci (Integrated Masters) (2017 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours,
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:AAB
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 4 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Natural Sciences, Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Course Overview

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.

Course content

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.

Undergraduate Masters 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

Single Honours

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:

First year:

  • Science and Society

Second year:

  • Research Skills for Natural Scientists

Third year:

  • Grand Challenges in Society
  • Natural Sciences Research Project

Fourth year:

  • Advanced Research Training
  • Generic Research Skills
  • MSci 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.

Natural Sciences BSc and MSci Pathways (PDF)

To explore the indicative modules for each core subject, and the supporting subjects, please refer to the Course Information Document.

Skills and Careers

The MSci degree programme in Natural Sciences will appeal to those students who are keen to develop an academic career, or a research-focused career in industry. Students on the MSci programme follow the BSc programme for the first three years of their studies. In the fourth (and final) year, MSci students choose one of their core science subjects to study to an advanced level. 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 graduating from the four-year programme will also be able to make effective and creative use of complex datasets, to complete significant projects independently, and to communicate research findings to specialist audiences. 

Students undertaking this programme will develop a wide range of advanced laboratory and field-based skills relevant to the core science subjects chosen and will also receive training and first-hand experience independent research techniques and the opportunity to undertake research at the forefront of their chosen disciplines. 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.

Whilst this extended programme is specifically designed for those interested in pursuing a career in academic or commercial research, it will open up a huge range of careers (not just in the sciences) as well as opportunities for further 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.


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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

The Natural Sciences course is UCAS code FGC0, although there are multiple combinations of subjects.

Natural Sciences BSc and MSci Pathways (PDF)

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Undergraduate Masters degree : FGC0 View Unistats for this course

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Study abroad

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 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.