Become a modern scientist with the ability to work in a multidisciplinary team.
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 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.
The first year of the Liberal Arts & Sciences programme will challenge you to think independently. You will study a range of diverse modules that will increase your knowledge and deepen your understanding in your chosen fields of study.
From 120 credits across a year, you will typically study 40-60 credits in your chosen subject Major, 20 credits of the Liberal Arts and Sciences core breadth module, and the remaining 40-60 credits from across the University.
You will work closely with your tutor to hone your academic skills and ensure that you are on the right track to develop a meaningful portfolio of expertise. As well as this, you will also participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities, including a team-development trip to Lake Coniston.
Alongside the Liberal Arts and Sciences core breadth module, Year 2 will normally see you consolidate your expertise in your Major subject by taking more advanced modules. During this year, with your tutor's help, you will also be planning your year abroad. You will benefit from our alumni mentoring scheme, matching you with a professional from outside the University to discuss module choices, CV building and interview practice.
You will spend your third year at one of our international partner institutions. This may involve further study in your Major subject, deepening your overall knowledge, but can also include branding out into new academics areas. Your year abroad gives you the chance to experience a also different portfolio of modules and to learn from a fresh academic context.
Towards the end of the year, you will be thinking about how to shape your final year of study and modules that will define your degree. Learn more about your Year Abroad.
During your final year, you will undertake a dissertation or extended project, either in your Major subject or within Liberal Arts and Sciences. Typically, this independent project enables you to develop your expertise in your Major to a high level, but may also involve further interdisciplinary research. You will also decide (based on the portfolio of modules you have studied and fulfilling any prerequisites) whether to opt to graduate with a BA, BSc, MArt, MSci in Liberal Arts and Sciences or Natural Sciences qualification based on your credit attainment.
Your choice of Major may be subject to restrictions on numbers and to any specific entry requirements which might apply. For further details and to explore our range of options available, visit the Majors at Birmingham page.
These examples of real student programmes show how six of our students progressed throughout their four years of study - the modules they chose, where they spent their year abroad and which subject they hope to major in. As you can see, every programme is completely unique!