Integrated Science (MSci)
Integrated Science (MSci) draws on an understanding of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Computing to address fundamental scientific questions about how the natural world works. Laboratory work and computing as a scientific tool form key parts of the course.
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.
Renowned researchers will guide your development as a scientist, with substantial time spent in the laboratory from day one. Laboratory experimental work in small teams is a key part of the course from the outset, with parallel classroom sessions to teach you relevant scientific concepts and methods, ranging across multiple disciplines. Computing as a scientific tool is emphasised throughout the course. In your second and third years, this integrated approach runs alongside a more in-depth look at the molecular and cellular basis of life. This provides a strong foundation for lab-based experimental research in your fourth year, during which you will pursue your own project and write a Master’s thesis.
Find out more information on the Warwick Medical School website.
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 mind set 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 for your cohort, 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.
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.
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.
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.
You will be assessed by a wide range of methods, including assignments, examinations, group assignments, lab reports and individual oral assessment.
The final degree classification is determined by Year One (15%), Year Two (20%), Year Three (25%) and your final year (40%).
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.
Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.
Contextual data and differential offers
Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
- Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP)
All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
- We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Taking a gap year
Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.
- Introductory Molecular Biology | Introductory Computational Skills
- Atoms and Molecules: Lectures
- Atoms and Molecules: Lab
- Organelles and Cells: Labs
- Organelles and Cells: Lectures
- Organisms and Populations: Labs
- Organisms and Populations: Lectures
- Tools for Biochemistry
- Signalling and Integration in Health and Disease
- Protein Biochemistry
- Integrated Science: Evaluation and presentation of evidence
- Integrated Science Laboratories
To find out more about your second year modules, please visit this page.
- Protein Targeting
- Biological Clocks
- Structural Molecular Biology
- Dynamics of Biological Systems
- Research Project
- Integrated Science: Experimental design and analysis
To find out more about your third year modules, please visit this page.
- Integrated Science Extended Research Project
- Frontier Techniques and Research Skills in Biomedicine
- Research Topics in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research
- Warwick Interdisciplinary Transferrable Skills
Examples of optional modules/options for current students
Neurobiology, Genetics and Genomics, Immunology, Microbial Pathogens, Ecology and its Implications, Bioenergy and Refining, Oncology,
This is a new course so there are as yet no previous graduates. We expect this innovative course to appeal to enthusiastic scientists wishing to pursue an academic career in scientific research. Potential career paths may include medicine via a graduate-entry medical programme on completion of this degree.
Helping you find the right career
Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant who works within Student Careers and Skills to help you as an individual. Additionally your Senior Careers Consultant offers impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events, tailored to our department, throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:
- Career Society at Medical School Event
- AFP Interview Preparation
- Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
- Foundation Programme (UKFPO) Information evening
Find out more about our Careers & Skills Services here.
Degree of Master of Science (MSci)
4 years full-time
28 September 2020
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.
This information is applicable for 2020 entry.
Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.
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