Our prestigious Natural Sciences programme is designed for talented students who want to study a variety of sciences at degree level.

Each student creates their own unique programme which combines arts and/or sciences and/or social sciences. You will typically pick one subject, your Major, which will serve as your specialism. This is then complemented with a variety of different subjects to give you an original portfolio of expertise. To see our flexibility, you can view examples of real student pathways. As you can see, every programme is unique to the student.

Our exciting four-year degree programme offers a rich extra-curricular experience to make you stand out in a competitive graduate market. We offer guest lectures and theatre trips on our Cultural Programme, help broaden your global potential through our compulsory Year Abroad, and offer a variety of interdisciplinary experiences. Recent trips have taken our students to the Lake District, Brussels, Romania and Rome.

Applications should be made to our Liberal Arts and Sciences programme. You will have the opportunity to graduate with a BSc or MSci in Natural Sciences depending on the amount of science modules that you choose to study.


Why Study this Course?

  • Create your own degree – Liberal Arts and Sciences is a uniquely flexible degree programme which allows students to combine arts and/or sciences and/or social sciences. View these examples of real student programmes. 
  • Outstanding student experience – We offer students the opportunity to undertake exciting trips across Europe. Recent trips have taken our students to the Lake District, Brussels, Romania and Rome.
  • Natural Sciences – Our Liberal Arts and Sciences course is science-friendly, so you can combine science disciplines with those from the humanities and social sciences. If you decide to focus your studies across the sciences you have to option to graduate with a BSc or MSci in Natural Sciences.
  • Year Abroad – You will normally spend your third year overseas. We have partnerships with universities all over the world, from North America and Europe to Australia and Hong Kong. This is a great opportunity to experience life, and to study, in a different part of the world. Read our long list of partner universities around the world.
  • Cultural Programme – We also have a well-established Cultural Programme, which brings poets, writers, academics and scientific specialists to speak to you on campus, whilst also taking you on trips beyond the University to theatres and exhibitions. Twenty-five free cultural events were offered in the recent academic year.

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), www.detc.org.uk Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Natural Sciences BSc / MSci

Course Level:

Undergraduate, Single Honours





How long it takes:

Undergraduate (4 Years)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$20,220

Entry requirements

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Compulsory modules

Year 1

  • From Research to Policy: Part One
  • From Research to Policy: Part Two

Year 2

  • Interdisciplinarity I
  • Interdisciplinarity II

Year 4

During Year 4, you will undertake an independent research project in your Major and/or an interdisciplinary project in Liberal Arts and Sciences and/or our entrepreneurial modules. This will total 40 credits. 


Major modules

There are a broad range of Majors that can be explored in depth across the Arts, Social Sciences and Sciences. 


Breadth modules

Breadth modules offer you the opportunity to understand subjects outside of your Major. They will enable you to understand the ways that specialists in other fields think and work. It will enable you to become a flexible, interdisciplinary thinker with the ability to understand a range of challenges in the Arts, Sciences and Social Sciences.

Entry requirements


Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
  • A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
  • An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

If you intend to become a Solicitor

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.

See further details of our English Language requirement

USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)


International students starting 2019/20 (per year)




You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

A Liberal Arts and Sciences degree will set you apart in a competitive job market.

Throughout the programme, our students develop skills in academic resilience, initiative, and intellectual independence. Liberal Arts and Sciences graduates have the ability to research and analyse complex information, work independently and as part of a team, and create compelling solutions to problems.

Supported by the University’s Careers Network team, you will be encouraged to acquire and develop your skills for the jobs of tomorrow. Throughout the course of your degree, you will develop a range of abilities from communication to research, analysis to leadership which will equip you to succeed.

Many graduates find employment in areas far removed from their primary area of study at University – or are likely to change careers several times in their lives, sometimes engaging in a wider range of jobs with the same employer. Our Liberal Arts and Sciences programme recognises this phenomenon and is designed to meet the growing demand from leading employers in the UK and internationally, for a new breed of dynamic business, public service, and political leaders. 

Internationally, Liberal Arts and Sciences graduates progress to the legal professions, major consultancy and management firms, postgraduate study or graduate entry to medicine (subject to following an appropriate pathway during the programme). Other students will progress to graduate study, and this can be accelerated in selected cases by access to Masters levels modules in the final year.

Besides this, you’ll benefit from unparalleled support. You will not only have the opportunity to learn from a Newcastle graduate through our alumni mentoring programme, but you’ll have dedicated support for finding internships and making appropriate choices to become an influential graduate in your own right.