New Degree - Integrated Sciences

Integrated Sciences is an interdisciplinary sciences degree developed by the IOP with the University of Leicester and London South Bank University.

Rationale

  • To give a greater diversity of people access to physics
  • To provide a recognised degree programme incorporating the sciences in an interdisciplinary way
  • To provide an alternative route into physics
  • To engage with employers needs and link skills to the job market

Outcomes to date

  • In September 2007, the University of Leicester launched their degree programme. Leicester’s problem-based learning model has been found to be particularly successful
  • Requisite key skills for graduates of the programmes were set down, in line with the QAA benchmark recommendations for physics degrees
  • As a direct result of Integrated Sciences, the Institute has developed a new level of accreditation called ‘recognition status’ for physics-based degree courses
  • Bradford University offered the Integrated Sciences degree for the first time in 2011

Prospects for the future
We will continue to work with the universities of Leicester and London South Bank and are now working with Bradford University who launched an IOP “recognised” Integrated Sciences degree in 2011. We are currently revising the structure of the degree to allow more flexibility and to build on individual universities’ strengths.

We will share the effective and good practice learnt from these degrees, including the problem-based learning modules, with other physics departments.



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