Natural Sciences

BSc in Biology and Psychology within the Natural Sciences programme (CFG0): 2023-2024

Entry requirements: See the Essentials

The current course structure is shown in the table below that consists of modules which must be studied in the appropriate year - click on the module code for the current module content. After Year 1, students focus solely on studying Biology and Psychology. If students don't wish to take a particular module or include a third subject then it may be possible take up the option of the more flexible "BSc in Natural Sciences degree. The subjects in which modules have been taken successfully in the final two years are as follows: Biology and Psychology". As the rules below permit, students may take up to 80 credits in one subject and no less than 40 credits in the other subject and always take precisely 120 credits in one year. UCAS applicants are invited to use the app to discover the key modules to self-build a degree

Year 1
Biology40 credits: Introduction To Physiology (BIOL1151) and Genetics (BIOL1171)
Psychology60 credits: Introduction To Psychological Research (PSYC1062) and (Introduction To Psychology I: Cognitive And Biologicalpsychology (PSYC1071) AND/OR Introduction To Psychology 2: Developmental And Socialpsychology (PSYC1081))
Year 2
Biology60 credits: Molecular Biology (BIOL2441), Development (BIOL2471) and Integrated Physiological Systems (BIOL2521)
Psychology60 credits: Cognitive And Biological Psychology (PSYC2241), Advanced Psychological Research For Non-single Honours (PSYC2261), Social And Developmental Psychology (PSYC2271)
Year 3
Biology40 credits: Advanced Topics In Development (BIOL3521), Ageing (BIOL3591), Genomics (BIOL3651)
Psychology60 credits: Differential And Clinical Psychology (PSYC2251), Psychology Project (PSYC3041) and 20 credits taken from the Level 3 Psychology List.
Students must take no less than 20 credits and no more than 60 Capstone Modules from the following list:
Capstone modules20 credit Biology into Schools (BIOL3431); 20 credit Literature Review (BIOL3451); 20 credit Contemporary Issues in the Biosciences (BIOL3641); 20 credit Science Enterprise (NSCI3001); 20 credit Science Enterprise (NSCI3001); 20 credit Psychology Project (PSYC3041); 10 credit Occupational and Organisational Psychology (PSYC3747);
Further details about the modules in the Biology list.
Further details about the modules in the Psychology list.

Below is an example of modules that are timetabled to satisfy these rules except in Year 3 where the set may not include a capstone module. Click on the single digit numbered link on the left to see a sample timetable and the module code to see details about the module such as content, contact hours, teaching methods and assessment methods.

1Introduction To Physiology (BIOL1151)Organisms And Environment (BIOL1161)Genetics (BIOL1171)Introduction To Psychological Research (PSYC1062)Introduction To Psychology I: Cognitive And Biologicalpsychology (PSYC1071)      
2Molecular Biology (BIOL2441)Development (BIOL2471)Integrated Physiological Systems (BIOL2521)Cognitive And Biological Psychology (PSYC2241)Advanced Psychological Research For Non-single Honours (PSYC2261)Social And Developmental Psychology (PSYC2271)     
3Advanced Topics In Development (BIOL3521)Ageing (BIOL3591)Literature Review (BIOL3451)Differential And Clinical Psychology (PSYC2251)Psychology Project (PSYC3041)The Visual Brain (PSYC3181)     
3Genomics (BIOL3651)Ageing (BIOL3591)Literature Review (BIOL3451)Differential And Clinical Psychology (PSYC2251)Psychology Project (PSYC3041)The Visual Brain (PSYC3181)     

Note that:

  • You can vary the balance between the two subjects in all years assuming the rules below and timetable will allow it.
  • In Year 3 students are required to take no less than 20 credits and no more than 60 Capstone Modules from two subjects. The minimum number of credits is reviewed on an annual basis as we are working towards students being required to take 40 credits, when this change happens students will be informed explicitly.

  • Not all combinations of the modules which make up the degree rules are guaranteed to timetable, but one set will.
  • If no student is following the Joint-Honours degree in a given year, then we do not ask for modules to be timetabled for that cohort in the following year.
  • The timetable changes each year.
  • Future changes in the Joint-Honours rules are either flagged up in the programme regulations in the Faculty Handbook or in the Biology/Psychology advice.
  • Students are welcome to suggest to the Director better guaranteed combinations, but due to the quality assurance process and timetabling the lead in time is one year.

For more information about the Natural Sciences degree programme, please contact:

Prof James Blowey
Deputy Head of Faculty
Faculty of Science Office
Level 3 Chemistry Building
Durham University

Email: Natural Sciences Director

WWW: Natural Sciences home page

The Natural Sciences web pages are maintained by James Blowey