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This content was last updated on 3 April 2023.
On this course, the concepts and language of multiple sciences are taught to you from the beginning. You’ll build solid foundations in three science subjects, coming to specialise in two subjects in your final year.
Our subject pathways cover a range of disciplines, providing a highly flexible course structure that you can tailor to fit your interests.
The available subjects are:
- Environmental science
- Food science and nutrition
Throughout your time in Leeds, you'll be given guidance and support from academic staff to help plan your studies and subject choices to build a coherent degree programme tailored to your particular talents and interests.
Each academic year, you'll take a total of 120 credits.
In your first year, you’ll initially study three subjects from a choice of biochemistry, biology, chemistry, environmental science, food science and nutrition, mathematics and physics. You’ll study 30 credits of each of your three subjects, enabling you to work across more than one science discipline. Specific pathways within each subject area are described below.
All natural sciences students also take a 20-credit core module that covers key practical skills in an interdisciplinary context. This module will establish the interdisciplinary ethos behind your degree programme whilst also developing your experience of experimental design and proficiency in the presentation and analysis of scientific data to prepare you for further study and research throughout your university education and beyond.
Your development as a natural sciences student will be supported by a 10-credit maths module, which will complement your core modules and develop mathematical skills central to modern science.
In your second year, you’ll specialise in two of the three subjects taken in your first year.
You'll take a minimum of 40 credits in each subject, with an additional 20 credits available for you to choose from a wide range of science options. This enables you to either study your two subjects with equal weightings, to study two subjects with a major/minor split, or to study up to 20 credits of another related science.
A 20-credit core module for all natural sciences students will further your development as an interdisciplinary scientist, advancing your skills in research, scientific writing, scientific and professional ethics, personal development, planning and scientific programming.
Fieldwork opportunities may be available in years 2 and 3 if you’re specialising in environment or biology.
In your third year, you'll continue to study the two subjects you have chosen to focus on in your second year.
You'll take a total of 100 credits of science modules, which will include at least 40 credits of each of your two subjects from a wide range of options available to suit your interests. You may choose to study your two subjects equally, or as a major/minor split.
Your training as an interdisciplinary scientist will be supported through a 20-credit module taken by all natural sciences students. This module will develop your digital, research and communication skills, whilst also advancing your awareness of scientific careers in interdisciplinary environments. You'll be given opportunities to investigate an area of current scientific research and plan for continuing professional development by building an awareness of personal strengths and development needs.
In the final year of this integrated MNatSc, BSc degree, you'll continue to study your two science subjects from a wide range of choices, giving you specialist skills in both areas.
You'll also undertake a major research project in your final year, where you'll have full use of our research laboratories. The project can be based solely in one scientific area, or you can take an interdisciplinary project, building on your knowledge of two sciences. You'll work collaboratively with your supervisors throughout the project, who will be experts in your particular research area(s).
One-year optional work placement or study abroad
During your course, you’ll be given the opportunity to advance your skill set and experience further. You can apply to either work in a one-year industrial placement or study abroad for a year, choosing from a selection of universities we’re in partnership with worldwide.
Want to know more about subject options?
We offer seven subject pathways, giving you the flexibility to shape the course to fit your career aspirations and interests. Learn more about the subject pathways available.
Learning and teaching
As a natural sciences student at Leeds, we ensure that you benefit from a wide range of teaching methods, including lectures, workshops, small group tutorials, and practical work.
Laboratory classes and project work allow you to gain first-hand experience investigating and applying material from your lectures and tutorials to real-life situations. Together, they will equip you with in-depth knowledge, key practical skills and transferable skills that will help you secure a graduate job. Our close links with industry also mean that you have direct contact with industry and potential employers from an early stage in your course.
You’ll be assigned a personal tutor to guide you through your studies, and you'll receive support from fellow students through our peer mentoring scheme. Peer mentors are students who are on your course, but are in years 2, 3, or 4. They’ll help you when you arrive at University and throughout your first year. You’ll meet your peer mentors during your first week for a social activity.
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On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Most modules are assessed by more than one component. Components can include examinations, assignments, written reports, presentations and oral discussions throughout the programme, which will build up your skills in these areas.
The majority of subject combinations will require you to write a dissertation as part of your degree, however, assessments may vary between modules with some requiring additional practical lab work, fieldwork or other data-driven projects.
In your final year, alongside assessed theory modules, you’ll perform a major research project under the guidance of a member of academic staff, which will contribute to the final mark you’re awarded.