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.

The BSc/MSci Natural Sciences is a strand of the Liberal Arts and Sciences degree programme for those students who wish to specialise predominantly in the Natural Sciences. The BSc/MSci Natural Sciences is an exit qualification from the Liberal Arts and Sciences programme. Candidates access this strand by applying for Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Course Details

Within Liberal Arts and Sciences it is possible for you to focus more strongly on the Natural Sciences. If you fulfil the credit requirements you will be able to complete your degree programme and gain a BSc or MSci in Natural Sciences. This degree programme follows the standard Liberal Arts and Sciences structure in that you will complete the core modules and also the Year Abroad, in addition to the opportunity to undertake a range of cultural activities and explore the diversity of subjects on offer at Birmingham including the Arts and Humanities.

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

Programme Structure

In order to qualify for the BSc Natural Sciences on completion of the degree programme you need to have completed at least 320 credits of the total 480 credits you undertake during the 4 years (120 credits per year) at the relevant levels. The remaining credits will consist of the Liberal Arts and Sciences core modules (40 credits) and 120 credits which can be from the whole range of subjects on offer at Birmingham including the arts and humanities.

In order to qualify for the MSci Natural Sciences you would need to have completed 440 credits in the sciences, out of the total 480 credits you undertake across 4 years of study (120 credits per year). The remaining credits will consist of the Liberal Arts and Sciences core modules (40 credits). At least 100 credits need to be achieved at the Masters level.  

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. Your choice of Major may be subject to restrictions on numbers and to fulfilling any specific entry requirements which might apply. Alongside your Major subject you can choose a range of modules in other subjects. Alternatively you could choose to Major in two subjects only, throughout the whole programme. A large number of subject combinations are normally available, however, not all combinations of subjects or specific modules can be guaranteed, due to timetabling restrictions.

The table below is a general guide as to which sciences subjects are typically available and the prerequistes which apply:

 

Major Subject

Prerequisites

Typical Combinations

Biology

Requires A Level/ HL Biology

Biochemistry, Earth Sciences, Geography, Maths, Physics or Psychology.

Biochemistry

Requires A Level/ HL Chemistry

Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Maths or Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Chemistry

Requires A Level/ HL Chemistry

Biochemistry, Earth Sciences, Geography, Maths, Physics or Psychology.

Earth Sciences

Requires at least one A Level in one of: Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Electronics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Statistics.

Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Physics, Psychology or Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Geography

Requires A Level/ HL Geography

 

Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Maths or Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Mathematics

Requires A Level/ HL 5 or SL 7 Mathematics 

Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Psychology or Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Physics

Requires A Level/ HL Physics and A level/ HL 5 or SL 7 Mathematics or Pure Mathematics with at least one with a grade A* if three A levels in total, or both at grade A if four A levels in total.

Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences or Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Psychology

Preferably at least A Level grade A in one of: Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology

Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Maths or Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Requires at least one A Level in one of: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Geography, Human Biology, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Sport Studies/Physical Education or Statistics

 

Biochemistry, Earth Sciences, Geography, Maths, Physics or Psychology.

Computer Sciences

Requires A Level/HL Mathematics or Computing, if you do not have Mathematics at A level you must have at least grade B at GCSE

 

Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Maths or Sport and Exercise Sciences.

If you have any specific questions regarding the Natural Sciences strand of Liberal Arts and Sciences please contact Dr Julia Myatt (Director of Natural Sciences for Liberal Arts and Sciences) las@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

For the options and subjects included under the arts and humanities that can form part of your degree programme please see the standard Liberal Arts and Sciences pages.

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