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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 Laboratory, 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.

If you would like to see what the city of Chester has to offer during your study, please have a look at our Students' Guide to Chester. Everything within these pages has been written, researched and approved by our students. They prepared all the info you need and everything they wish they’d known on arrival!

Industrial relevance and interdisciplinary collaboration is something we are passionate about in the Department of Natural Sciences. We offer a Master by Research (MRes) in Applied Science providing graduate students with the opportunity to develop an independent, substantial piece of scholarly research in an area that fits with the department’s supervisory expertise. Students choose a project from a wide range of available scientific areas and benefit from advanced research training, appropriate for both Level 7 and preparatory doctoral research. Please see further details at the bottom of this page.

Students with a solid background in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, or Biology, could enrol on a MPhil/PhD programme. PhD students are offered a creative, highly motivated and rewarding research environment complemented by responsible supervision from our specialist academic staff. Our approach to academic excellence places interdisciplinary research, academic freedom and ethical scientific practices at the core of your research programme. All inquiries in this regard should be sent to Prof Graham Smith, who will direct applications of interest to the appropriate member of staff.