Integrated Science

BSc single honours Integrated Science 2016/17

This inter-disciplinary programme, offered by the Department of Geographical and Life Sciences, is for students who wish to work in a career where a broad range of science knowledge is required. Such knowledge is becoming more and more valued by employers, so that nature reserve management, industry, local government, the voluntary sector, environmental and/or biological research and school teaching careers are all possible with this degree.

The programme structure is very flexible, which allows the student to select modules in their particular area of interest, while still providing a rigorous grounding in the broader aspects of the science. Students have the opportunity to select from biological, physical, chemical and environmental science modules and experience a high quality balance across the traditional disciplines.

The first year consists of a set of compulsory modules covering introductory biology (both at the molecular and whole organism level), physics, chemistry and environmental science. The emphasis of the programme is to integrate the sciences together, rather than treating them as separate subjects. There is also an emphasis on experimental science, so students learn a wide range of practical techniques that will make them highly employable.

In the second year, students take a group of modules covering the three core sciences at a higher level. They can also choose to specialise in areas that interest them, for instance animal behaviour.

In their final year, students have a largely free choice of modules, again covering the three core sciences, so they can choose the direction they wish to go in. One of their modules is an individual study on a subject of their own choice. The Individual Study is a practical investigation, and several projects in the past have resulted in publication in refereed scientific journals.

A wide range of career opportunities exist. Graduates may progress to study for higher degrees either by research or a taught programme. Former students have an excellent record of successful completion of higher degrees. Surveys of recent graduates have indicated that they have found our emphasis on transferable skills to be particularly valuable in their first appointments. The level of scientific literacy developed by this programme is also valuable in other scientific and non-scientific areas of industry, commerce and the media.

The inter-disciplinary nature of this degree makes it an excellent preparation for teaching in skills shortage areas in primary or secondary schools.

Year 1


  • Core Science
  • Variety of Life
  • Introduction to Environmental Systems
  • The Organism and its Environment

Optional Modules:

  • Microbiology and Cell Culture
  • Starred Module

Year 2


  • Comm. and Analysis in Science
  • Molecular Biology
  • Earth as a Planetary System
  • Either Chemistry for the Environmental Sciences or Chemistry for the Life Sciences

Optional Modules:

  • Applied Plant Genetics
  • Either Reproduction and Development or Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Care and Behaviour
  • Evolution
  • The Hydrosphere in Europe
  • Starred Module

Year 3


  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Radiobiology
  • Individual Study

Optional Modules:

  • Pests, Parasites and Pathogens
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Bioinformatics 2
  • Plant Responses to the Environment
  • Practical Ecology
  • Aspects of Pollution
  • Soil Science and Land Management
  • Applied Biological Chemistry
  • Starred Module


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact or the International Office:

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Core knowledge and understanding is acquired through a number of methods and strategies including lecture and discussion; laboratory practical; field course, student-led seminars; tutorials; individual oral presentations; group oral presentations; poster presentations; problem solving exercises, case studies and projects. Intellectual skills are promoted through lectures, practical classes, workshops and seminars.

Learning to apply these thinking skills is achieved by the use of case studies and especially through laboratory and field-based activities. This enables students to apply their classroom learning in more challenging environments and to appreciate general processes and relationships in practical and ‘real-world’ settings. Throughout their degree, students receive academic and personal support from their personal tutor as well as from Student Health and Wellbeing and Careers Development.

Knowledge and understanding is assessed via examination and coursework including essay, calculation and problem solving exercises, practical write ups, portfolios, log books, group and/or individual work, group projects, oral presentations, assessed practical, laboratory work, graph drawing exercises, (group) poster presentation, computer based assessment, group presentation, data handling exercises, multiple choice questionnaire, seminar presentation, paper presentation, seminar papers, case study (involving the analysis of biological data) and audio or video presentation.

Intellectual skills are assessed by coursework (including computer based assessment), presentations and examination. Examinations provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to structure a clear, concise and reasoned argument and analyse an issue in a limited time period. The execution of an independent or special study allows them to demonstrate their thinking skills to the highest level.

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UCAS code

  • CF00 Integrated Science
  • N121 Integrated Science (4 years with Foundation)


  • 3 years (or 4 years with Foundation year) full-time

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