Is it worth studying a science subject at Durham?

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I'm looking at applying to study Pharmacology next year. I really like the look of Durham but the range of science courses seems pretty limited: I could do the natural sciences route and do a combined degree in Biology and Chemistry but I'm not sure how close to biochemistry/biomedical science this will be and whether I'm better off applying to universities more renowned for their science departments, where Durham is generally known for humanities. Does anyone have any thoughts? Is anyone currently on the natural sciences route who could explain what it's like? Thank you
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Durham currently ranks very highly for Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, and I would say is probably regarded as one of the best universities in the UK (top 10 or even top 5) for these subjects. Their Natural Sciences course is highly competitive to my knowledge, with around 100 places but many more applicants.

I'm honestly surprised that Durham has a reputation as a humanities university; having lived in the vicinity, I've never heard that before!

Durham is #6 for Biology, #3 for Chemistry, and #4 for Physics in the 2020 Complete University Guide league tables, for context.

Their science courses can seem limited, but instead of offering many different niche degrees, they operate with a single degree with greater freedom, resulting in a degree such as 'Physics, specialising in Analytical Astronomy' etc.
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Oh that's good to know, thank you are you a natural sciences student? Do you know if there are optional modules, etc.?
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Oh that's good to know, thank you are you a natural sciences student? Do you know if there are optional modules, etc.?
I may be a Chemistry student at Durham this year, grades depending, but I have had family go through Durham before so am quite familiar with the uni to a reasonable extent. I was going to apply for the Natural Sciences, but felt it may have been too competitive. I still went to the natsci lectures on open day and have got some resources which describe the degree. I'll see if I can find them and copy the information below later.
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I'll see if I can find them and copy the information below later.
that would be amazing thank you <3
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I may be a Chemistry student at Durham this year, grades depending, but I have had family go through Durham before so am quite familiar with the uni to a reasonable extent. I was going to apply for the Natural Sciences, but felt it may have been too competitive. I still went to the natsci lectures on open day and have got some resources which describe the degree. I'll see if I can find them and copy the information below later.
I may be a Chemist (well Natsci but leaning heavily to Chemistry) at Durham too this year - which college are you? I am Collingwood.
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I may be a Chemist (well Natsci but leaning heavily to Chemistry) at Durham too this year - which college are you? I am Collingwood.
Josephine Butler. Collingwood was my second choice though! Maybe we'll still end up sharing some classes anyhow.
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Josephine Butler. Collingwood was my second choice though! Maybe we'll still end up sharing some classes anyhow.
Cool just need to get the grades......but so out of my hands.
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I may be a Chemistry student at Durham this year, grades depending, but I have had family go through Durham before so am quite familiar with the uni to a reasonable extent. I was going to apply for the Natural Sciences, but felt it may have been too competitive. I still went to the natsci lectures on open day and have got some resources which describe the degree. I'll see if I can find them and copy the information below later.
hi, i'm thinking of applying to natsci at durham. i do biology chemistry and psychology, with an AS in maths. the entry requirements say A*AA but i'm not sure if i'll be predicted those - i'm thinking it's most likely going to be AAA, but it's up to my teachers :// would you say it's worth applying as i didn't realise natsci at durham was that competitive ?
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hi, i'm thinking of applying to natsci at durham. i do biology chemistry and psychology, with an AS in maths. the entry requirements say A*AA but i'm not sure if i'll be predicted those - i'm thinking it's most likely going to be AAA, but it's up to my teachers :// would you say it's worth applying as i didn't realise natsci at durham was that competitive ?
Would you want to take Chemistry as part of Natsci as unfortunately you can only do Chemistry at Durham if you take A level Maths and to receive a Natsci offer to include Chemistry you need to be predicted A*A* in Maths and Chem.

Natsci is a tough course as you need to be at undergrad level in lots of subjects - most courses expect AAA/A*AA. Depending on which subjects you want to study perhaps a joint honours course might be the way to go.
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Would you want to take Chemistry as part of Natsci as unfortunately you can only do Chemistry at Durham if you take A level Maths and to receive a Natsci offer to include Chemistry you need to be predicted A*A* in Maths and Chem.

Natsci is a tough course as you need to be at undergrad level in lots of subjects - most courses expect AAA/A*AA. Depending on which subjects you want to study perhaps a joint honours course might be the way to go.
ohh okay. no, i was thinking of taking biology and psychology as the joint honours degree within natural sciences, as i would only need biology to apply? which joint honours course were you suggesting?
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ohh okay. no, i was thinking of taking biology and psychology as the joint honours degree within natural sciences, as i would only need biology to apply? which joint honours course were you suggesting?
See here https://www.dur.ac.uk/courses/info/?...fg0#admissions - yes only need 1 science A level and Bio and Pschol is a Durham joint degree https://www.dur.ac.uk/natural.scienc...tive/bscxandy/ http://www.maths.dur.ac.uk/php/natur...ogramme=jh_bsc

But I was thinking of Biology and Psychology at other unis as this will give you a much wider range of offer grades which might be good if A*AA is a stretch (plus Durham appeared to want min 7 9's at GCSE this year for an offer) eg https://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/c8c1/ https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/u...-human-biology
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(Original post by tedinbed)
See here https://www.dur.ac.uk/courses/info/?...fg0#admissions - yes only need 1 science A level and Bio and Pschol is a Durham joint degree https://www.dur.ac.uk/natural.scienc...tive/bscxandy/ http://www.maths.dur.ac.uk/php/natur...ogramme=jh_bsc

But I was thinking of Biology and Psychology at other unis as this will give you a much wider range of offer grades which might be good if A*AA is a stretch (plus Durham appeared to want min 7 9's at GCSE this year for an offer) eg https://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/c8c1/ https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/u...-human-biology
thank you so much!
should i still apply for natsci elsewhere if i get predicted AAA? eg lancaster's requirements are AAA-A*AA?
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thank you so much!
should i still apply for natsci elsewhere if i get predicted AAA? eg lancaster's requirements are AAA-A*AA?
Kind of depends if this is the course you want to do. I have ended up changing from NatSci to Chemistry at Durham as the Durham course allows you to do several non-chemistry modules in your first and second year, this is not the same at all Universities.
Lancaster gave me an unconditional for NatSci - at the offer holder day not everyone had received one - think it might be dependent on GCSE grades (I have equivalent of 7 x 9's an 5 x 7's, A in AS chem and 4A*predicted)
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Kind of depends if this is the course you want to do. I have ended up changing from NatSci to Chemistry at Durham as the Durham course allows you to do several non-chemistry modules in your first and second year, this is not the same at all Universities.
Lancaster gave me an unconditional for NatSci - at the offer holder day not everyone had received one - think it might be dependent on GCSE grades (I have equivalent of 7 x 9's an 5 x 7's, A in AS chem and 4A*predicted)
thanks. if i want to do biological natsci at any uni, should i keep maths for a level? it's not required but i heard it makes your application more competitive?
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thanks. if i want to do biological natsci at any uni, should i keep maths for a level? it's not required but i heard it makes your application more competitive?
Best to ask specific unis - although you do have AS - stats is important for Biology and Psychol.
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