Science and maths as breadth (Non-BSc Students)

What is the point of studying science if you aren’t going to be a scientist?


Science subjects look great on your resume! Science teaches you critical reasoning, and to objectively analyse and interpret data, which is important in almost any profession. Science subjects also incorporate lots of teamwork and collaboration. 75% of today’s fastest-growing occupations require
science, technology, engineering or maths skills, so if you want to get ahead try out science as breadth!

“Learning how to manage in a foreign, challenging and fast-paced environment has been a great asset for me both personally and academically.”

“The learning environment is a lot more collaborative.”

Complementary to core

Science teaches you how to look at some of the same issues you are studying in the core of your degree through a different lens, developing a well-rounded knowledge and broader perspective of issues. For example, you might start considering a particular problem from an environmental science, rather
than economic, point of view. This will allow you to open your mind to different arguments and theories, and will help you to understand issues and explore answers in more depth.

“I had to adjust to increased contact hours and more frequent assessment, but that really improved my studying methods across all of my subjects.”

“It has offered an alternative way of thinking about ideas and problems, relating to them through a scientific lens rather than a humanities one.”

“It has helped me gain a wider understanding of the bigger picture and realise how interconnected so many different disciplines are. If we are to meet the challenges of the 21st century, we need a strong interdisciplinary understanding.”


If you are interested in how the world around you works and wonder why things are the way they are, then science as breadth is for you. Science looks at the fundamentals of the physical and natural world and how everything interacts. Studying science will give you the confidence to express your views
and engage in meaningful debate about scientific issues. Having even a limited scientific background will influence your approach to contemporary issues in society, an example being able to critique media reporting (especially relevant to environmental reporting) in order to see beyond the politics.

“Studying Science as Breadth offered basic literacy to participate in current events in scientific community – now able to read news and watch videos that were previously inaccessible.”

“Made me realise how amazing the world really is!”

Some first year science subjects for you to consider include -