This four-year programme offers an additional year of study on top of the Natural Sciences BSc. Students have the opportunity to deepen and extend their knowledge by taking advanced optional courses and completing a major project.
- Degree Programme
- Natural Sciences MSci
- UCAS code
- 4 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2016
- Any two subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics or Physics.
- AS Levels
- For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs
- A score of 18-19 points in three higher level subjects including two from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics, with no score lower than 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 23-28 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.
D2,D3,D3 - D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. To include any two subjects from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Geology.
A1,A,A - A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher - A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher). To include any two subjects from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Geology at Advanced Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*A*-A*A. To include any two subjects from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Geology.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- The unique core stream structure provides you with course options from across the spectrum of science disciplines.
- You may broaden your knowledge further by selecting options in non-science subjects such as languages, management studies, computing and statistics.
- While the programme offers a high level of flexibility, the core streams offer you a structured pathway to enable specialisation.
- All members of our teaching staff are experts in their various fields and are active in research, so you will benefit from their cutting-edge knowledge in your lectures and tutorials.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
The programme is divided into two main subjects or streams, which are chosen in the first year and followed for the duration of the programme. One will become your major stream, while the other will become your minor stream.
All students undertake a mathematics course and three foundation courses in the first year. Equal weighting is applied to the major and minor stream for the first three years. For the final year, you will only take courses from the major stream, plus options. You will also undertake a substantial research project in your final year.
Certain streams may have prerequisites of particular grades and/or subjects at A level or equivalent; further details can be found on the Natural Sciences website.
The first term comprises foundation courses introducing the streams that are offered. You will select three foundation courses from the following:
Mathematics and Statistics
Physics and Astronomy
Science and Technology Studies
In your second term you will choose two core streams in the following areas:
Earth and Environment
Genetics, Evolution and Environment
Inorganic and Materials Chemistry
Mathematics and Statistics
Molecular and Cell Biology
Neuroscience and Psychology
Policy, Communication and Ethics
You will take courses in your two core streams. Both streams have equal weighting, amounting to 1.5 credits of core (mandatory) courses per stream, plus a compulsory Scientific Communication and Computing course. At the end of the second year, you will choose one of the streams as a major stream.
You can select one optional course, worth 0.5 credits. This can be taken outside the main Natural Sciences subject areas, such as in foreign languages, management, etc.
Major stream: You will take 2.0 credits in your major stream including a compulsory literature review (0.5 credits).
Minor stream: You will take 1.5 credits in your minor stream.
You can select one optional course worth 0.5 credits.
At least three out of four credits must be taken in your major stream. This includes a mandatory research project that may be 1.5 or 2.0 credits, depending on the discipline.
You can select up to a total of 1.0 credit of advanced optional courses.
A variety of teaching methods are employed including lecture classes, practical sessions and small-group tutorials. In addition to around 25 hours of lectures and library classes each week, you will be expected to spend a substantial amount of time on coursework and private study. The Earth Sciences stream will include field classes and the Astrophysics stream will include observational work.
Assessment is primarily through end-of-year examinations for lecture-based courses, whereas practical work is continuously assessed. Coursework is important and must be passed to allow progression from one year to the next.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Natural Sciences MSci.
The programme provides an all-round scientific education in its own right. On completion of your degree, you will have cultivated transferable skills and the ability to solve problems in a quantitative way and to see science in a modern context.
You could choose to specialise in a defined, but usually interdisciplinary, science field and proceed to study for a wide range of possible postgraduate degree and doctoral programmes. Alternatively, you will be equipped to pursue many career options, for example, as a scientific journalist, in science teaching, as a management consultant or in finance and banking.
First destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) of this programme include:
- Nuclear Research Scientist, National Physics Laboratory (2013)
- Full-time student, PhD in Chemistry at Imperial College London (2013)
- Full-time student, Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP Law School (2012)
- Project Manager, Wolters Kluwer (2012)
- Full-time student, MRes in Molecular Modelling and Materials Sciences at UCL (2012)
*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.
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Fees and funding
- UK & EU fee
- £9,000 (2015/16)
- Overseas fee
- £20,700 (2015/16)
Details about financial support are available at: Fees and funding
Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.
- Based on academic merit
The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.