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 effective solutions by drawing freely on the methods and perspectives of different scientific disciplines.
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 the School of Life Sciences (SLS), this new course offers you unique opportunities to develop yourself as a scientist.
"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 CrossCourse Director
Why study Health and Medical Sciences 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.
CF10 MSci Integrated Science begins with the 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.
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.
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.
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).
Introductory Molecular Biology | Introductory Computational Skills
Atoms and Molecules: Lectures
Atoms and Molecules: Labs
Organelles and Cells: Lectures
Organelles and Cells: Labs
Organisms and Populations: Lectures
Organisms and Populations: Labs
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.
Year 2 modules
Tools for Biochemical Discovery
Signalling and Integration in Health and Disease
Integrated Science: Evaluation and presentation of evidence
Integrated Science Laboratories
And one of:
Ecology and its Applications
Genetics and Genomics
Year 3 modules
Structural Molecular Biology
Dynamics of Biological Systems
Integrated Science: Experimental design and analysis
And two of:
Principles of Development
Extreme Environment Biology
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.
Integrated Science Extended Research Project (Students join a WMS laboratory)
Frontier Techniques and Research Skills in Biomedicine
Research Topics in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research
Warwick Interdisciplinary Transferable Skills (Chemistry)
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.
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.
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:
Taylor and Francis Scientific Publishing
Warwick is currently the third most targeted university for graduate recruitment in the UK (The Graduate Market in 2020, High Fliers Research Ltd).
A-Level:AAA to include Mathematics and either Biology or ChemistryYou 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: CF10Award: Degree of Master of ScienceDuration: 4 years full time (30 weeks per year)Location of study: University of Warwick
How do I apply?
Applications are made through UCAS. The UCAS code for Warwick is W20.
We strongly suggest that you complete your application before the UCAS deadline on 29th January. However, some courses may still consider applications after this date.
The University has a large number of international students and here at Warwick Medical School we warmly welcome your application. We are a diverse department with students and staff from all over the world studying and working together. We have a very safe campus and an extensive support structure to encourage your success.
Local advice about the application procedure is available from all British Council offices and Warwick representatives.