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Integrated Science (MSci)

 

Integrated Science (MSci)

Full-time 2019 entry, AAA, IB 38

Integrated Science will appeal to those with a passion for natural sciences and is designed to teach you how to pose and solve scientific problems by drawing methods and concepts from biology, chemistry, physics, computing and mathematics.


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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.

MSci Integrated Science is a four year undergraduate Master's course, new for 2019.

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).

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.

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.

The design of this innovative course is driven by the belief that the best way to learn science is to do science. During the whole of your first year, you will spend roughly half your time in the lab, doing experiments.

The instructors on this course are all accomplished scientists and they will work closely with you to help you develop as an experimental scientist. You will learn lab skills by doing experiments that address unsolved scientific questions, right form the outset.

Your first year will be made up of 2-week blocks, each examining a different topic.

  • Each 2-week block will incorporate classroom-based learning around the subject, group work in the form of applied problem sets, and labs.
  • Each 2-week block will be led by a different scientist who is also an active researcher in that field.

In your first year you will learn through a combination of:

Classroom learning

Lecture series delivered by an active researcher in the field, drawing on cross-disciplinary concepts and teaching the theory to be applied in the problem-sets and labs.

Problem sets

Working with your peers, you will be presented with real-world unsolved scientific problems and tasked with identifying solutions, drawing on understanding from your lecture series.

Lab experiments

You will work in small teams, guided by active research scientists with international reputations, to conduct experiments addressing original, unsolved scientific problems. You will receive support to develop lab skills if you have limited or no experience in conducting experiments.

E-labs

You will be taught computer coding skills using languages such as MATLAB and Python, enabling you to develop computer simulations to formalise and test hypotheses.

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.


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A level: AAA including maths and biology or chemistry.

IB: 38 points to include 6 in Higher Level maths and biology or chemistry.

Year 1:

In year 1 you will be based in Warwick Medical School and will study these core modules:

Years 2 and 3:

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.

Find out more about modules in years 2 and 3 here

Year 4:

In year 4 you will pursue your own original research project, joining a WMS research laboratory and working alongside PhD students and postdocs who do research for a living. You will also gain advanced interdisciplinary training in Frontier Techniques and Research Skills in Biomedicine and Research Topics in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research. Finally, you'll have the opportunity to build your transferable skills through Warwick’s Interdisciplinary Transferable Skills module.

Fourth year modules:

What careers can a Warwick degree in Integrated Science lead to?

This is a new course so there are as yet no previous graduates. It is anticipated 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

Entry Requirements

A level: AAA including maths and biology or chemistry.

IB: 38 points to include 6 in Higher Level maths and biology or chemistry.

UCAS code

CF10

Award

Degree of Master of Science

Duration

4 years full time (30 weeks per year)

Start date

September 2019

Location of study

University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees

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Enquiries

s dot a dot blakeman at warwick dot ac dot uk

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This information is applicable for 2019 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.