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If you are fascinated by the applications of physical science, the Department of Natural Sciences offers modern degree programmes in BSc Physics and BSc Chemistry that include multi-disciplinary science modules focussed on employability and on the science behind current and emerging technologies. For specific information please refer to the bottom of this page. All our undergraduate courses are also available with a Foundation Year.

Students benefit from world-class laboratories furbished with modern equipment and from the opportunity to undertake work experience with industrial and commercial partners. Our goal is to provide our students with professional skills and a unique educational experience in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, helping them develop the potential they need to become leaders in their scientific areas. In order to prepare our students for a successful career in the working environment, we further offer our innovative Work Based Learning module and the opportunity to undertake a four-week summer work placement at the end of the first year, during which our students are paid £1,200 as they work full-time on projects alongside members of staff and/or industrial experts. In addition, both our BSc Physics and BSc Chemistry courses are available with an optional placement year that can be taken between level 5 and level 6 of study.

Library facilities for the Physical Sciences are excellent, both at Thornton Science Park and on the Chester Campus, where students have their accommodation and recreational facilities. Our first year students qualify for guaranteed University accommodation. Transport to and from the Thornton site is provided free of charge by the University.

Staying loyal to our “no hidden costs” philosophy, the Faculty of Science and Engineering covers in full the following costs:

  • Core textbooks for the first year
  • Software licences provided for academic use
  • All PPE equipment provided by the Faculty
  • Lab coats, safety glasses, ear defenders, steel toe cap boots etc
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • Photocopying/Printing costs at annual allowance
  • Student membership of professional institutes

Students take part in field trips to locations such as Bletchley Park, Daresbury National Lab, and the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, providing educational experiences and insight outside their everyday activities. We also offer various opportunities for our students, who are looking to study abroad as part of their programme, or who are interested in our Experiential Overseas Learning scheme; for further information please follow the link here.

A Master by Research (MRes) in Applied Science is offered in the Faculty of Science and Engineering in Natural Sciences. The aim of the programme is to provide graduate students with the opportunity to develop an independent, substantial piece of scholarly research into an area that fits with the department's supervisory expertise. Students choose from a wide range of available scientific projects and benefit from advanced research training, appropriate for both Level 7 and preparatory doctoral research.

Students with a solid background in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or Biology could enrol on a PhD program. PhD students are offered a highly motivated research environment complemented by quality supervision from our specialist staff. All inquiries in this regard should be sent to Prof. Graham Smith, who will direct applications of interest to the appropriate member of staff.