BSc Interdisciplinary Science
MSci Interdisciplinary Science
UCAS Codes BSc – FCGO MSci - GFCO
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.
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.
Students in year 3 also carry out an individual project
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)
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.
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:
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)
Year 3 exchange (semester or year) with the ISci programme in McMaster University, Ontario, Canada.
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).
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.
The University of Leicester ...
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
Alex Mack (Course Administrator)
phone 0116 252 5631 or 0116 252 3575 (admissions secretary)