Subject Spotlight: Natural Sciences


What is Natural Sciences?

Welcome to the fascinating world of Natural Sciences, a field that explores the natural phenomena of the universe. If you’re curious about how the world works and eager to make discoveries that can change our understanding of it, studying Natural Sciences could be an excellent choice for you.

Natural Sciences is a broad field that encompasses disciplines like biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and astronomy. These subjects share a common goal: to understand the natural world through observation and experimentation.

Why Study Natural Sciences?

Some compelling reasons include:

  • Curiosity: Natural Sciences satisfy the human desire to understand how the world works.
  • Impact: Discoveries in Natural Sciences have led to technological advancements, improved healthcare, and solutions to environmental challenges.
  • Career Opportunities: A degree in Natural Sciences can lead to diverse career paths in academia, industry, education, and more.

What’s it like to study Natural Sciences?

Studying Natural Sciences involves learning fundamental concepts, developing experimental skills, and applying scientific methods. It is a challenging but rewarding field that often involves hands-on laboratory work and field studies.


What Can You Do with a Natural Sciences Degree?

A degree in Natural Sciences can lead to a diverse array of rewarding careers. Here are some potential roles:

  • Research Scientist: Research Scientists conduct studies to increase our understanding of the natural world. They may work in various settings, from universities to private research firms, and in fields ranging from microbiology to astrophysics.
  • Science Teacher: Science Teachers educate students about the natural sciences. They may work at the primary, secondary, or post-secondary level, teaching subjects like biology, chemistry, or physics.
  • Environmental Consultant: Environmental Consultants help organisations minimise their impact on the environment. They might assess environmental risks, develop management plans, or ensure compliance with environmental regulations.
  • Laboratory Technician: Laboratory Technicians support scientific research by setting up experiments, maintaining equipment, and analysing results. They often specialise in a specific field, such as biochemistry or geology.
  • Science Writer: Science Writers communicate scientific information to a general audience. They might write articles for popular science magazines, create content for science websites, or author science books.
  • Policy Advisor: Policy Advisors use their understanding of science to inform government policies. They might work on issues related to public health, environmental protection, or science education.

Each of these roles requires a strong understanding of scientific principles, excellent analytical skills, and a keen eye for detail. As you progress in your career, you may have the opportunity to specialise further, lead your own research projects, or influence policy decisions.

Professional Bodies for Natural Sciences

Key professional bodies include the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), British Science Association (BSA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). These organisations support scientists, promote scientific research, and provide resources for science education.

Careers for Natural Sciences Graduates

Natural Sciences graduates can work in academia, industry, government, or non-profit organisations. They might become researchers, teachers, science communicators, or policy advisors.

Skills that Natural Sciences Students Need

Natural Sciences students need to develop strong analytical skills, problem-solving abilities, and a deep understanding of scientific principles. They should also have good communication skills to share their findings effectively.

Typical Degree Titles that are Natural Sciences Focused

Degree titles might include Bachelor of Science in Biology, Master of Science in Chemistry, or Doctor of Philosophy in Physics. Some programs may offer interdisciplinary degrees that allow students to study multiple natural sciences.

By completing an NCUK qualification, you have access to a wide range of Natural Sciences courses with our University Partners. Find more information about the wide range of courses, the universities offering them and the entry requirements using our course finder