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Integrated Master's Degree in Natural Sciences

University of Southampton
4 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Integrated Master's Degree in Natural Sciences

Do you have a passion for science and discovery? Do you want to make a difference to our planet’s future? On this MSci Natural Sciences degree, we’ll help you develop the skills and knowledge to address some of our biggest challenges. You’ll apply your knowledge across the sciences, to better understand the laws and phenomena of the physical world.

This interdisciplinary master's course is not like a traditional degree. We offer modules from across all the science disciplines. This will let you apply real-world contexts to global problems, such as:

  • air pollution
  • climate change
  • plastic waste
  • neurodegenerative diseases
  • loss of biodiversity

You'll have access to our world-class facilities in our research centres and institutes, including the:

  • National Oceanography Centre
  • Centre for Cancer Immunology
  • Web Sciences Institute
  • Nanofabrication Centre

As part of this course you can:

  • carry out original research projects that may be publishable in major scientific journals
  • explore the ethical, social and political issues in science
  • take a 6-month, full-time research placement in the UK or overseas
  • choose your own modules from a custom-made base of options
  • tailor your degree to your specific interests and career goals

Admission requirements


A*AA including two preferred science subjects

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass with overall score of 38 points, with 19 points at Higher Level, including 7 and 6 at Higher Level preferred science subjects.

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Detecting the undetectable: Analytical Techniques in the Natural Sciences
  • Independent Learning Skills in Science

You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:

  • Earth and Ocean System
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Physiology
  • Fundamentals of organic chemistry
  • Fundamentals of thermodynamics and equilibrium
  • Introduction to Practical Chemistry I
  • Mathematical Methods for Scientists 1a
  • Origins of Biodiversity
  • Quantitative Methods

Year 2

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Conservation
  • Aspects of Organic Synthesis
  • Atomic and Molecular Interactions
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cell Biology
  • Change and Equilibrium
  • Coastal Ocean Processes
  • Coordination chemistry
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Evolution
  • Flow of Genetic Information
  • Galaxies
  • Geochemistry
  • Geohazards and Earth Resources
  • Global Climate Change: Science, Impacts and Policy
  • Global Water Resources
  • Immunology, Infection and Inflammation
  • Introduction to Energy in The Environment
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Introduction to the Nanoworld
  • Marine Benthic Ecology
  • Marine Vertebrates
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Medical Physics
  • Neuroscience
  • Organic Reaction Mechanisms
  • Pharmacology
  • Phytoplankton and Primary Production
  • Plant Development and Function
  • Principles of Neuroscience
  • Principles of Pharmacology
  • Pure and Applied Population Ecology
  • Quantum Physics
  • Solid state and organometallic chemistry
  • Vertebrate Development
  • Vertebrate Zoology
  • Wave Physics
  • Zooplankton Ecology and Processes (L5)

Year 3

  • Adapting to Climate Change and Weather Hazards
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry (Bioorganic)
  • Advanced Partial Differential Equations
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Air Quality and Environmental Pollution
  • Applied Nuclear Physics
  • Atomic Physics
  • Atoms, Molecules and Spins: Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry and Spectroscopy
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
  • Biomedical Parasitology
  • Cancer Chromosome Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Pathology
  • Crystalline Solids
  • Evolution and Development
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Fluxes, Cycles and Microbial Communities
  • Geophysics Research Training
  • Immunology
  • Light and Matter
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Molecular Recognition
  • Molecular and Structural Basis of Disease
  • Neuropharmacology of CNS Disorders
  • Nuclei and Particles
  • Regulation of Gene Expression
  • Relativity, Black Holes and Cosmology
  • Selective Toxicity
  • Theories of Matter, Space and Time

Year 4

  • Advanced Chemical Biology
  • Biomedical Parasitology
  • Ecological Modelling
  • Environmental Radioactivity and Radiochemistry
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Global Challenges in Biology
  • Global Climate Change: Past and Future
  • MSci Advanced Independent Research Project
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Molecular Recognition
  • Nanoscience: technology and advanced materials
  • Palaeopathology in Context
  • Seafloor Exploration and Surveying 2

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • UK, Channel Island, Isle of Man and Irish students: £9,250 per year.
  • EU and International students: £22,760 per year.


  • Final award: Integrated Masters (MSci)
  • Name of Award: Natural Sciences
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Bachelor of Science (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Science (Ordinary)
    • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 7

Continuing studies

Many of our graduates will progress into the field of research. This course is an ideal introduction to the rigours of PhD study and careers in academia.

Career paths

You’ll develop key transferable skills, in both practical and analytical subjects. Employers around the world will value these abilities, which include:

  • independent learning
  • advanced problem-solving
  • research
  • critical thinking

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