Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose Integrated Sciences?

If you can't choose whether to study Physics, Biology or Chemistry at degree level, and don't want to choose between three subjects you really enjoy, Integrated Sciences may be the best option for you.

What can the course do for me?

The course has been carefully designed to provide you with the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills that employers look for from science graduates. You will acquire and improve your communication, IT, problem solving, project management and investigative skills as well as becoming adept at critical thinking and evaluation. The course gives students a sense of satisfaction and achievement as the knowledge, skills and opportunities they gain assist them as they start answering the questions about the world they have long wanted an answer for such as what are the chances of finding life elsewhere in the Universe? Will computers ever be able to think like the human brain?

Where can I study Integrated Sciences?

At the University of Leicester and London South Bank University. The degree programme at each university has been developed with the Institute of Physics (IOP).

What are admissions tutors looking for in students?

Students will be curious about the world surrounding us. You will question the issues facing our constantly changing society and seek answers in the scientific principles that govern our world.

Minimum Entry Grade requirements:

University of Leicester: A-Levels: One science A-Level (B or above), alongside other A-Levels. GCSE: Maths

London South Bank University (LSBU): A-Levels: 200 UCAS points. GCSE: 5 GSCEs including Maths and English.

What will I be studying?

Modules vary according to the programme of each University. Choices include: molecular biology, nanotechnology, forensics, clean technology, energy management, time and relativity and a host of other options to suit your needs and interests. Is there an opportunity to specialise? Yes, at the University of Leicester Integrated Sciences can be taken as a three-year BSc (Hons) or as a four-year integrated masters course. There are opportunities to specialise to a BSc or Integrated Masters degree in Physics, Chemistry, BioScience or Earth Sciences after 2 years studying the Integrated Sciences degree. Please contact LSBU to find out more about the opportunities to specialise.

What are my career options with an Integrated Sciences degree?

Skills gained whilst studying Integrated Sciences are multiple. In addition to the practical and technical skills you will develop, you will also acquire transferable skills such as communication, problem solving, project management and critical thinking skills. This means career paths feed into scientific careers (climatologist, geophysicist, computer games designer) as well as careers in: finance, marketing, IT, teaching, publishing and a host of other options. To find out more about careers using science degrees please and Prospects.

Who developed the Integrated Sciences degree?

Integrated Sciences has been developed with the Institute of Physics, the UK's membership and communication organisation for physicists and physics and two universities. Peter Main, Director of Education and Science at the Institute of Physics, says of the new degree: "We are proud to endorse the new Integrated Sciences degree which brings an exciting and fresh approach to the teaching of the sciences in higher education. The degree is academically rigorous and gives students both breadth and depth to their understanding of science, making them highly marketable graduates. We are very happy to recognise the Integrated Sciences degree and lend it our strongest support."

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