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Durham University

Natural Sciences

Frequently Asked Questions

I don't understand how the degree works

Applicants apply for through UCAS for a "BSc/MSci in Natural Sciences" and the code is CFG0/FGC0 but with that there are options:

  • Subject options;
  • Year Abroad option;
  • Placement year option;

to keep it all manageable we do this all under the umbrella of the degree codes for CFG0 (3-year) and FGC0 (4-year) until the student graduates and at that point they get awarded their degree with the appropriate options above added to the title.

I’ll explain for an applicant wishing to apply to combine the two subjects Computer Science and Mathematics which is defined at CFG0/FGC0.

For current BSc students following the "Joint-Honours" rules advertised at www.maths.dur.ac.uk/php/natural.sciences.php?dept1=comp&dept2=math&programme=jh_bsc would graduate with a “BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics within the Natural Sciences programme” - there would also be the potential of a transfer at the end of Year 1 into either Single Honours Computer Science or Mathematics. Now we discuss some of the options (breath deeply):

  • If they diverted from the "Joint-Honours" pathway (for instance taking a Level 1 Mathematics module in Year 2) but still only studied Maths and Computer Science and adhered to the degree rules, then they would graduate with a "B.Sc. in Natural Sciences. The subjects in which modules have been taken successfully in the final two years are as follows: Computer Science and Mathematics."
  • If they diverted from the "Joint-Honours" pathway but still studied Maths and Computer Science, took enough of another subject from those available (for instance 20 credits of Business in years 2 and 3) and adhered to the degree rules, then they would graduate with a "B.Sc. in Natural Sciences. The subjects in which modules have been taken successfully in the final two years are as follows: Business, Computer Science and Mathematics."
  • If they took the year abroad option, then they would graduate with a "BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics with Year Abroad within the Natural Sciences programme.
  • If they took the placement year option, then they would graduate with a "BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics with Placement within the Natural Sciences programme.
  • If they chose to follow the 4-year MSci degree, the two subjects could still be combined in the final year to graduate with an “M.Sci. in Natural Sciences. The subjects in which modules have been taken successfully in the final two years are as follows: Computer Science and Mathematics.” Note that not all subjects offered within Natural Sciences are taught in Year 4.