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What is a Natural Science degree like?

I was quite interested in what kind of content is covered and the job prospects resulting from the degree and what is particularly challenging. I heard that it is quite general with many aspects of Chemistry, Biology and Physics so I wanted to know how modules are picked
Each Uni's NS degree program is slightly different - depending on what their subject strengths are. Therefore its best to look at each Uni website and see what subjects they include and how their NS program is structured. The important thing to realise is that the whole point of this degree program is that you dont just study random science subjects but also the connections between them.
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I was quite interested in what kind of content is covered and the job prospects resulting from the degree and what is particularly challenging. I heard that it is quite general with many aspects of Chemistry, Biology and Physics so I wanted to know how modules are picked


Hi! I have just graduated from Lancaster University with a Natural Sciences BSc so thought I could give my experience with the degree.

Natural Sciences degrees tend to vary by university, so it's definitely worth having a look around to see what course is right for you. At Lancaster, the degree is very flexible, you can choose 3 pathways out of a possible 21. The subjects range from chemistry, biology, physics, maths, computer science, engineering, earth sciences, and more, so there are many different possible combinations! The complete list of different pathways is in the brochure which can be found here - https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/natural-sciences/ .

I have loved the degree, and have started studying a Mechanical Engineering Masters since that ended up being my 'specialism' in my undergraduate. One thing that is quite challenging with the degree is studying subjects in three different departments. It definitely advances time management skills because deadlines for the subjects can sometimes fall at similar times. If you are organised and plan ahead, I found this to be very manageable. I also found that it helped me when applying for placement years as it showed that I could apply myself to different types of work. In terms of job prospects, lots of Natural Scientists I know have either gone on to study at a postgraduate level or have found jobs in a wide variety of different sectors. I did my placement year with the Environment Agency, helping with flood modelling and also some of the Mechanical Engineering projects. Your job prospects really depend on the subjects that you choose but 97% of Natural Sciences students are either in work or further study within 6 months of graduating!

-Bethan (Lancaster University Student Ambassador)

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