Natural Sciences

A modern scientist often works in multidisciplinary teams, drawing on the expertise and knowledge of different subjects. As part of the Liberal Arts and Sciences programme, you can focus directly on the Natural Sciences, allowing you to study different scientific disciplines and provide you with the knowledge and skills to take on the challenge of 21st century science in a wider framework of the Arts and Humanities.

Flexibility is at the heart of the programme. Working with your academic advisor, you will design a programme of study, which will stretch and challenge you and provide you with the experiences you will need to enable you to demonstrate to employers a wide range of skills and knowledge, across a breadth of subjects, including your chosen major.

Applications should be made to our Liberal Arts and Sciences programme. You will have the opportunity to graduate with a BSc or MSci Natural Sciences depending on the amount of science that you choose to study. 

Course Details

The Natural Sciences route through the Liberal Arts and Sciences programme is the perfect option if you would mostly like to concentrate on scientific study. You can study multiple sciences in combination, whilst also having the option to study the arts. This flexible programme will give you a diverse scientific education so you stand out in a competitive graduate market.

If you choose predominantly scientific subjects, it is possible to graduate with a BSc or MSci Natural Sciences on completion of the degree programme, as opposed to a BA Liberal Arts and Sciences qualification.

To find out more about our the details of Natural Sciences route, visit our course page.

Programme Structure

To qualify for BSc Natural Sciences, you need to complete at least 320 credits of the total 480 credits (120 credits per year) in scientific subjects. The remaining credits will consist of 40 credits from the Liberal Arts and Sciences core modules, and 120 credits from the whole range of subjects on offer at Birmingham: sciences, arts or humanities.

To qualify for MSci Natural Sciences, you need to complete 440 credits of the total 480 credits (120 credits per year) in scientific subjects – at least 100 of these credits should be achieved at Masters level. The remaining 40 credits are from the Liberal Arts and Sciences core modules.

Both options follow the same Liberal Arts and Sciences structure, which means you will:

  • complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences core modules
  • spend a Year Abroad in your third year
  • experience a range of activities through the Cultural Programme
  • explore the diversity of subjects on offer at Birmingham, including the arts and humanities.

Majors and Minors

Students on the Liberal Arts and Sciences programme will usually have one Major subject that makes up approximately half of their degree programme. The full list of Majors can be found on our possible Majors page, along with information about any specific entry requirements.

The remainder of the programme will consist of a range of modules in subjects of your choosing. Due to the broad range of modules available, it may not be possible to combine every Major with your desired additional modules, but we will always do our best to accommodate your academic interests. You can contact us at any time to discuss your choices in more detail.

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