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MSci Integrated Science

Our primary goal with this innovative course is to strengthen you as a scientist, by training you across disciplines. Using a blend of classroom instruction, team-based problem solving (problem-sets), team-based laboratory work and individual study, we will teach you to think creatively and quantitatively, formulate unsolved problems, and work to create effect solutions by drawing freely on the methods and perspectives of different scientific disciplines.



Overview

Scientists ask questions about how the world works – especially the natural world – and then work to answer those questions using cycles of conjecture and experiment. Human curiosity leads us to ask basic questions. What is life? What distinguishes the living from the non-living? How do cells work? What causes disease?

MSci Integrated Science aims to equip you to pose and answer scientific questions by drawing freely on the methods and mindsets of mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry and computation. By combining the strengths of Warwick’s Medical School (WMS) and School of Life Sciences (SLS), this new course offers you unique opportunities to develop yourself as a scientist.

"New for 2020, Integrated Science is the course that we, your instructors, all wish that we could have done as undergraduates. If, like us, you are excited by science in general, and especially by the problem of how life works, then this could be the course for you!"

Professor Rob Cross
Course Director


Why study Integrated Science at Warwick?

  • Driven by active researchers
  • Supports students to conduct original research into unsolved scientific problems from day one
  • “Anti-disciplinary” – incorporates principles from biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computing, and teaches students to move confidently across disciplinary boundaries
  • Equips students with practical experimental skills and analytical thinking skills needed to ‘do’ science
  • Blends classes, team-based problem solving, original lab-based research and individual study
  • Incorporates MATLAB and Python e-labs, equipping students with essential computer coding skills

Course structure

CF10 MSci Integrated Science begins with a first year in which you will spend almost half your time in the lab, with lectures and problem-solving running in parallel and geared to the scientific questions you are asking in the labs. In your second and third years, you will learn about the mechanisms of life in more breadth and detail. In your fourth year, you will spend almost all your time working on your own, self-designed experimental project.

Take a look at our course structure diagram. 

Year One

You will be taught by active research scientists with international reputations, who will help you to think creatively and quantitatively, formulate problems, and work effectively to solve them by drawing freely on the methods and mindsets of different scientific disciplines.

Laboratory experimental work in small teams begins right from the outset, with parallel classroom sessions to teach you relevant scientific concepts and methods, ranging across multiple disciplines.

Years Two and Three

The Integrated Science approach continues, running alongside a more in-depth look at the molecular and cellular basis of life, including modules in biochemistry, molecular cell biology, protein targeting and structural molecular biology.

Year Four

You will focus almost exclusively on lab-based experimental research, pursuing your own project, and will write a Master’s thesis. Alongside this, you will take modules in frontier biological techniques and research skills, research topics in interdisciplinary biomedical research, and transferable skills.


How will I learn?

This is an innovative programme and you will learn in many different ways. As well as lectures, seminars, group work and tutorials, you will spend a significant amount of time carrying out laboratory experimental work. This will enable you to learn experimental approaches and techniques and be actively engaged in science and research from the start of the course.

Find out more on how you will learn on the course.


Class size

In Year One you will learn entirely with your Integrated Science cohort of around 12 students, ensuring that you have a high level of academic support. In Years Two and Three you will join a larger cohort in SLS, but retain small-group labs and tutorials for Integrated Science. In Year Four you will predominantly be based in a laboratory as a member of your supervisor’s lab, whilst joining classes of up to approximately 30 students for skills training.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment for the course ranges from traditional examination and assignment-based work through to peer-reviewed group assignments, presentations, lab reports and individual oral assessment.

Entry requirements

A level:

  • AAA to include Mathematics and either Biology or Chemistry
  • You will also need GCSE English at grade C/grade 4 or above

IB:

  • 38 to include 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and 6 in either Higher Level Biology or Higher Level Chemistry.

UCAS code: CF10

Award: Degree of Master of Science

Duration: 4 years full time (30 weeks per year)

Starts: October 2020

Location of study: University of Warwick

How to apply

Fees and funding.

Year one

Year one is divided into two-week blocks, with each block defined by a scientific question. We begin Term 1 with four weeks (2 blocks) of introductory experimental skills and computer skills and then progressively increase the size-scale of the problems, moving on from Atoms and Molecules (Term 1) to Organelles and Cells (Term 2) and finally Organisms and Populations (Term 3).

Year one modules


Years two and three

In years 2 and 3, your course will make extensive use of existing, highly successful modules within the School of Life Sciences. To do this, your cohort will largely merge with a much larger cohort of SLS students for classes, alongside an ongoing programme of WMS integrated science labs and tutorials that aims further to develop your integrated science skills.

Years two and three modules


Year four

In year 4, you will focus almost entirely on lab-based experimental research, pursuing your own project, embedded in an active research lab and closely supported by the lab’s lead. You will then write a Master's thesis, and graduate with a Master's in Integrated Science.

Year four modules

Read our staff biographies to find out more about the teaching staff on the course. The team talk about their backgrounds, interests, current research and why they are passionate about teaching on the Integrated Science course.

Open Days

Our open days give you the chance to hear more about the course, meet staff and students, visit the Medical School, tour the campus and get a real feel for life at Warwick. We hold four open days per year, usually in June and October. Find out more.

Live chats

We hold regular live online chats where you can chat to members of our course teams and ask any questions you may have. If you'd like to attend a chat please register your interest and we'll let you know when the next session is booked.

Contact us

Want to find out more? If you have any questions, please get in touch .

This is a new course so there are as yet no previous graduates. We expect that this course will appeal to passionate scientists wishing to pursue an academic career in scientific research. Other potential career paths may include medicine, following a graduate-entry medical programme on completion of this degree.

Graduates of biomedical, biological and biochemistry undergraduate degrees from the University of Warwick have gone on to work for organisations including:

    • NHS
    • AstraZeneca
    • KPMG
    • Taylor and Francis Scientific Publishing
    • Diabetes UK

    Warwick is currently the third most targeted university for graduate recruitment in the UK (The Graduate Market in 2020, High Fliers Research Ltd).