Why study with us?
For the 2013 entry these programmes appear in UCAS as Interdisciplinary Science. From 2014 onwards they will be referred to as Natural Sciences.
Many of the key contemporary scientific challenges are interdisciplinary. The education we offer needs to prepare you for these challenges. To meet this need the University of Leicester has established the Interdisciplinary Science/Natural Sciences programme.
There are two versions of the Interdisciplinary Science/Natural Sciences Degree. The BSc takes three years to complete and the MSci takes four years. The MSci follows the BSc programme but with an addtional research intensive fourth year.
If, after the first year you wish to transfer to a single-subject degree you can take one of the conversion routes.
Interdisciplinary Science/Natural Sciences offers you the opportunity to study major current scientific issues. Areas such as climate change, sustainable development and biodiversity will require policy makers, managers, educators and researchers, who can work effectively across different disciplines. The specially written modules that make up the University of Leicester’s degree cover the key concepts from Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Earth Sciences. You will engage in a research–led programme which will give you a wideranging understanding, specialist subject knowledge, and highly employable professional science skills.
Interdisciplinary Science/Natural Sciences offers a full interdisciplinary degree programme or leads to specialisation in a single discipline after two years. Students taking the Interdisciplinary Science/Natural Sciences pathway to single subject degrees acquire a broader foundation and more varied experience before specialising that enables them to appreciate their chosen discipline in a wider context.
Breadth and Depth - An overview
The programme is designed such that the modules in each year cover the range of scales from atomic to astronomical, while in succeeding years the topics are treated in increasing depth. By focussing in early years on the prerequisites for a carefully selected set of final year topics we are able to build both breadth and depth into the programme.
The University of Leicester was the THE University of the Year 2008-9. In awarding the title the judges cited Leicester’s ability to “evidence commitment to high quality, a belief in the synergy of teaching and research and a conviction that higher education is a power for good”. Leicester was, said the judges, "elite without being elitist". We’re highly ranked, consistently in the top 20 of all national tables.