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University of Leicester

Leicester , England ,United Kingdom

Natural Sciences (Life and Physical Sciences) MSci

Whether you take a three-year BSc or a four-year MSci, your degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Leicester will provide you with a truly integrated, research-led programme of study. The course is designed around a core set of interdisciplinary modules delivered using a research-based learning approach. This will enable you to tackle cutting-edge scientific issues and to acquire a sound knowledge across the scientific disciplines.

You will study fundamental and advanced scientific concepts from the life sciences and the physical sciences in cross-disciplinary contexts where the connections between them are emphasised and explored. In your second, third and fourth years you will have the opportunity to concentrate one of the following specialisms:

Chemical Science
Molecular and Cellular Science
Physical Science
Ecological and Zoological Science
This course thrives on the University's strong culture of interdisciplinary research: from green chemistry to synthetic biology; from sustainable development to astrobiology. This research focus feeds into the degree itself and you will have the chance to become an active researcher from the very start of your degree. The course provides numerous opportunities to practice confronting scientific problems in novel situations in preparation for a career in academia, industry or other science-related fields.

The fourth year (not included in the BSc) provides training that will come in useful if you are thinking of going on to a career in research or academia - including your Research Project, a major piece of individual research on a cutting-edge science topic. You will also study advanced modules in your chosen specialist field and will develop expertise in agent-based modelling in the Modelling Of Complex Systems module.

The research-focused structure of your degree will provide the ideal preparation for a graduate career in (and beyond) science. Our core modules include cutting-edge interdisciplinary fields such as bioinformatics and drug-design, giving you an insight into the important research areas requiring scientists today.

The MSci in Natural Sciences is designed to support development of the skills that graduate employers seek. Alongside exams, there is strong emphasis on authentic scientific assessments including group assignments, laboratory portfolios, authoring and reviewing of research papers, presentations and production of scientific posters, as well as more innovative assessments such as museum podcasts.


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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

If you have completed the standard XII awarded by the CISCE/CBSE, or another recognised state exam board, with at least 75% overall, you may be considered for admission to a first year Bachelors degree. For many courses at the University of Leicester, you will need 80% overall or higher, along with higher individual marks of 85% in relevant subjects. If you are studying A-levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB) then you can begin from the first year of a Bachelors degree. Please see inidvidual course pages for entry requirements. If you have already completed the first year of an undergraduate degree at an Indian university, you may be considered for entry to the first or second year of a Bachelors degree if you have studied relevant subjects and/or modules. We also have progression arrangements with some partner institutions in India, which allow advance entry to certain University of Leicester courses. Please contact the International Office for further information. If you do not meet the entry requirements for one of our courses, you can apply for an International Foundation Year run by the Global Study Centre. The GSC provides academic support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.