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University of Leicester

BSc Interdisciplinary Science
MSci Interdisciplinary Science
UCAS Codes BSc – FCGO MSci - GFCO

Integrated Sciences at University of Leicester

The specially developed modules that make up the University of Leicester’s elite degree cover the key concepts from Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Physics as well as providing a background in mathematics and computing.

You will engage in a research-led programme, working on “real-world” problems employing the research methods and skills that you will subsequently use in your professional life. You will be taught by qualified teaching staff and leading research academics.  


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Course structure

Options

Additional Options

Entry Requirements

Assessment

Further Information

Student Bursaries

Contact


Course Structure

BSc Interdisciplinary Science

You take a set of fourteen core modules over three years, plus a set of support courses, options and an individual research project. In each year the topics in the core modules range over scales from microscopic to macrocosmic. Each succeeding year takes these topics to a deeper level. Support courses include a laboratory programme in all four discipline areas, mathematics, high level computer programming, and a professional skills module.  

Course Structure

Students in year 3 also carry out an individual project

 

MSci Interdisciplinary Science

Complete the BSc Interdisciplinary Science programme to an appropriate standard, then undertake a further year of a further three taught modules and an extended individual research project.

Year 4 (MSci only)

  • Virtual Worlds – Scientific computer programming
    Complex systems – the Science of Emergent Properties
    Advanced Study – a science literature project introducing research methods
    Research project  

BSc in Biological Sciences, Chemistry or Physics (with Interdisciplinary Science)

Complete two years of Interdisciplinary Science to an appropriate standard, then transfer into the second year of a BSc science degree course at Leicester. In your second year of Interdisciplinary Science you take a special selection of modules from levels 2 and 3 focussed on your intended specialism.  

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Options

 

Students in years 1 and 2 choose an option course in each semester. The option courses may be chosen to deepen knowledge of a particular discipline (biosciences, chemistry, earth science, physics and astronomy) or chosen from the following list to add a broader range of skills:

Management
Mathematical Modelling
Sustainable Development
Science Communication

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Additional Options

 

Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme (explore school teaching by assisting in a school)
Entrepreneurship (join physics students in running the Internet Training Company)
Sustainable Livelihoods (a field trip to carry out a project in Kenya)
Work experience (credits towards your degree from graduate level vacation employment)

Exchange programme

 

Year 3 exchange (semester or year) with the ISci programme in McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. 

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Entry requirements

 

All candidates are interviewed and offers made on the basis of enthusiasm for science and an appropriate work ethic as well as formal qualifications. For guidance a typical offer for the 4-year MSci requires three A levels (or equivalent) at AAB with normally two sciences (which may include mathematics). A typical offer for the BSc is ABB. Mature students and students from overseas are invited to contact us to discuss their case on an individual basis.

Students who do not meet the entry requirements, but who satisfy the general requirements for entry to a University programme may appy for the Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year UCAS code CFG0).

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Assessment

 

The course has a large component of continuous assessment based on problem sets, reports, presentations and other group and individual “deliverables”. Core modules are examined after the Christmas and Easter breaks and mathematics is examined in the summer. The weighting is approximately 65:35 continuous assessment to examination.

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Further Information

The University of Leicester ...

  • Is one of just 21 UK universities to feature in the world's top 200 universities
  • Is a member of the “1994 Group” of internationally renowned universities engaged in leading-edge research and high quality teaching
  • Has thirteen departments gained the top 5 or 5* ratings that indicate international excellence in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise
  • Delivers one of the highest student completion rates in the country
  • Has been ranked joint first for teaching quality and overall satisfaction for two successive years by the National Student Survey
  • Is the only University to be short-listed for two consecutive years for the THES Higher Education Institution of the Year
  • Has over 19,000 students drawn from 150 countries studying with us
  • Is the UK's largest provider of distance learning education after the Open University
  • Is a top 20 university for graduate employment

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Student bursaries

 

From 2012 the University of Leicester will offer four kinds of undergraduate scholarship, ranging from £1,000 to £3,000. For details see University of Leicester Scholarships

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Contact

 

Alex Mack (Course Administrator)
e-mail iscience@le.ac.uk
phone 0116 252 5631 or 0116 252 3575 (admissions secretary)

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