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BSc Hons Natural Sciences

Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Natural Sciences
UCAS Code: GFC0 Duration/Length: 3 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Not Defined Director of Studies: Dr K Davidson
Total Credit Points: 360 Credit Points Year 2: 120
Credit Points Year 3: 120

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • • Provide a high quality degree programme across a combination of disciplines, which combines intellectual challenge and relevance to current issues in Science.
    • Provide a broad programme of study across a range of sciences and scientific skills at University level, through the study of at least two main science subjects and the ability to choose modules from the Faculty of Science and Technology and from other Faculties.
    • Allow students to develop specialist knowledge in either one or two subjects, by studying these in greater depth during the degree programme and at M level.
    • To instil in students a sense of enthusiasm for science, an appreciation of its application in different contexts, and to involve them in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying.
    • To generate in students an appreciation of the importance of science in an industrial, economic, environmental and social context.
    • To develop in students, through an education in the science disciplines, a range of transferable skills of value in general employment and a diverse selection of career paths in the community, including research careers.
    • To develop in students the intellectual skills of reasoning, problem solving, self-expression and independence of research, thereby enabling them then to deal systematically and creatively with complex issues.
    • To provide students with knowledge and understanding of cutting edge science through the course of their studies, but particularly in the final, M-level, year.

    Subject Specific Aims of the Programme?  
     These will be dependent on the combination of subjects studied and will be in line with the subject aims of each individual discipline.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Subject Specific Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    These will vary depending on each student’s combination of subjects but will be governed by the specific learning outcomes within each individual subject.

    What are the General Learning Outcomes

    Students who qualify with a MSci degree in Natural Sciences should have:

    • Had experience of a number of broad areas of science from a choice of options, taken to an advanced level, at which current research can be appreciated in some depth.
    • Completed courses designed to increase their understanding of the broad applicability of their chosen subject in the wider context of scientific study.
    • Had experience of independent work, including an introduction to aspects of scientific research.
    • Substantially developed intellectual and professional skills in key areas of science.
    • Substantially developed experimental and data analysis skills through a wide range of experiments in the practical laboratories to illustrate major themes of the lecture courses.
    • Substantially developed communication and management skills through individual and group activities.
    • Carried out a substantial independent research project in their chosen field and become well prepared for a career in academic or industrial research.

    And have the ability to:
    - deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
    - demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
    - continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.
    And holders will have have / demonstrate:
    - the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:
    - the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
    - decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
    - the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.


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