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Careers and Employability

Frequently asked questions

What can I do with a Natural Sciences degree?

Our award-winning Natural Sciences degrees will prepare you for a variety of careers within science and beyond. Our first graduates have been in the workplace for over a decade; their impressive progression in the following sectors is testament to the skills, aptitude and knowledge developed during the degree:

  • Forensic science
  • Medicine
  • Academic research
  • Consultancy
  • Teaching
  • Scientific support: Sales, recruitment, conference planning, technical support
  • Civil Service
  • Science communication
  • Scientific publishing
  • Engineering
  • IT project management
  • NHS: testing, clinical trials

Listen to one of our graduates talk about careers.

How much time is spent in labs?

In the first year, this is typically four hours a week. In your second year this will vary across specialisms but will be between three and six hours a week. In Years 3 and 4, it will depend on the nature of your independent project but could be up to a couple of days a week.

How many timetabled hours are there in a typical week?

In Years 1 and 2, you will usually have between 15 and 20 timetabled hours in most weeks (fewer in weeks when large assignments are due). In Years 3 and 4, you’ll spend more time on your own independent research so typically there are 10-12 taught hours per week in Year 3, and around eight taught hours a week in Year 4.

What are the typical class sizes?

Our dedicated Natural Sciences classes (which make up the majority of the course) typically have 10-30 students in a session. Some of the specialism classes are taken with students from other University of Leicester degrees so those tend to be larger, with between 100 and 300 students in lecture theatres. You will have smaller classes for workshops, tutorials and practical sessions.

Can I spend a year abroad or on an industrial placement?

We offer places to study abroad between the second and third year of the degree with our partner institutions:

  • McMaster University (Canada)
  • Waseda University (Japan)
  • Universite Paris Descartes (France)
  • Radbourd University Nijmegen (Netherlands)
  • Wageningen University (Netherlands)

You can take a year in industry between the second and third year of the degree. You will have the opportunity to apply for a year abroad or a year in industry during your second year.

Can I transfer to the Medicine degree from Natural Sciences?

Natural Sciences is an attractive option for anyone aspiring to a medical career, either as a non-medicine fifth choice or as a gateway subject into medicine. The option of transferring to Year 1 of our Medical Degree at the end of the first year 1 of Natural Sciences is via a competitive process of up to five places. Applications are made directly to the Medical School in July, subject to these minimum requirements:

  • A-level Chemistry OR Biology at grade B (or equivalent in IB)
  • GCSE English Language, Maths and two Sciences at grade B (6)
  • Score of 70% or more in Year 1 of your Natural Sciences degree
  • You must also sit the UCAT (during your first year)

Why choose Leicester?

  • Interdisciplinary by nature: Our core modules are specifically designed and delivered for students on the course, allowing you to achieve the depth of knowledge required to engage with cutting-edge interdisciplinary research.
  • Our common first year allows you to switch between specialism degree streams before the start of the second year.
  • A range of specialism pathways in the second and third year allow you to tailor your degree to your interests.
  • We produce an in-house journal, the Journal of Interdisciplinary Science, full of short, fun – but completely accurate! – papers. Find out more about the journal.
  • We offer excellent student support from lecturer capture software, a daily term-time help desk, video captured lectures and a dedicated Natural Sciences study area.