Studying Natural sciences is an ideal way to combine interests from more than one area of science. The Natural Sciences degree programmes are at the heart of the Faculty of Science. The Faculty has a powerful reputation for innovation, excellence and working across the boundaries of different academic disciplines.
The Schools of Study at UEA teach thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate students each year across the four faculties of our campus in Norwich.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Natural Sciences.
If you haven’t already, check out our School pages on the UEA website.
Once you have registered online you will also need to attend a registration event (unless you are an undergraduate home student living in UEA accommodation, since you are registered automatically when you pick up your room keys).
Tips on how to choose your modules can be found at the bottom of this page. Please contact your Academic Adviser and ensure that your modules are chosen in advance, so you’re all ready to start when you arrive at UEA!
Welcome to your Natural Sciences course. We are really pleased that you have decided to study with us.
During your course, you will be working across the Science Faculty and for some students the wider University. My colleagues and I look forward to ensuring that you have all the support you need to be successful in your studies.
In the second half of August, you will receive an email from Prof Stephen Ashworth introducing you to your Academic Adviser. Please check for it, so you can contact your adviser and choose all your modules before you arrive at UEA.
Your first week at UEA will be a busy and exciting one. You will meet many new people and there will be a lot of information to take in. To get the most from your first few weeks here I urge you to:
- Attend as many of the welcome events as you can
- Arrange to meet your Academic Adviser in person
- Familiarise yourself with our IT systems. e:Vision, the SCI Student Zone on Blackboard and the UEA Portal are all critical to your time here
- Take some time to familiarise yourself with both the University and the School’s commitment to equality and diversity
- And most importantly speak to as many people as possible and ask questions!
I hope you will enjoy being a Natural Sciences student and will take advantage of all the opportunities this offers. I wish you every success in your studies and look forward to meeting you in person soon.
Dr Tharin Blumenschein
Head of the School of Natural Sciences
Please take a look at your induction programme below. Consult your schedule via e:Vision to find out the location of the event.
23 Sep 09:00 - 09:30
Welcome meeting with Head of School
Meet the Head of Natural Sciences, Dr Tharin Blumenschein for an introduction to your Natural Sciences course.
23 Sep 09:00 - 17:00
Meetings with Academic Advisers
Individual Advisor meetings as arranged by email with your Academic Adviser.
23 Sep 09:30 - 10:00
Find out about careers services available throughout your course.
23 Sep 11:00 - 13:00
Welcome Address and Presentations (CHE, PHYS, Nat Sci)
Meet the Head of the School of Chemistry, Student Support Services, Careers, Security, UEA|SU, Study Abroad/ERASMUS, UEA Sport and Nightline.
23 Sep 13:10 - 14:00
A fun way to find out more about UEA, take part in a challenge and win a prize!
23 Sep 15:30 - 17:00
Tour of campus with your student buddy
Chat to existing students about their experiences and meet your personal buddy.
24 Sep 09:00 - 11:00
What to expect? Teaching, learning and assessment in ENV (Environmental Science)
Dr Katy Appleton will introduce essential information for the start of your UEA journey in this interactive session. Hub staff from the Learning and Teaching service will also introduce the Hub (1RM 0.15 - 1RM 0.30)
24 Sep 12:30 - 14:30
UEA Campus Orientation Activity
The campus environment and environmental sampling.
Please bring warm clothes, waterproofs, good footwear, lunch, and a notebook. Meet near the Ziggurats.
25 Sep 12:30 - 13:00
Library Session - (CHE, PHYS, NAT SCI)
Learn about the Library and the resources that are available to you
25 Sep 14:00 - 16:00
Collect Lab Coats
please collect your lab coats
25 Sep 17:00 - 19:00
Natural Sciences Social Event
Come along with faculty members and buddies on a walk to a local pub. Meet in ENV Reception.
26 Sep 10:00 - 14:30
Campus Fieldwork taster
Try out field activities on four different topics, and a contribution to your Campus Challenge. Meet on the grass outside Norfolk Terrace Ziggurat.
26 Sep 14:00 - 15:00
Introduction to the laboratory
(Students enrolled on CHE-4602Y only)
Introductory lecture to CHE-4602Y Research Skills in Biochemistry.
26 Sep 15:00 - 17:00
Collection of laboratory equipment (Students enrolled on CHE-4602Y only)
Collection of essential laboratory equipment. Please come having completed the safety presentation and quiz on the CHE-4062Y Blackboard module.
27 Sep 09:00 - 16:00
Norfolk coast field trip
This is optional but recommended by students taking ENV modules. Coastal erosion, flood protection and renewable energy.
Please bring warm clothes, waterproofs, good footwear, lunch, and a notebook.
Meet near the main bus stop near the main car park.
27 Sep 14:00 - 15:00
Introduction to the laboratory
(Students enrolled on CHE-4001Y only)
Introductory lecture to CHE-4001Y Chemistry Laboratory
Choosing your modules
It is important to choose your modules early for this year so that you are enrolled in them when term starts. Important things to consider:
- Think of what areas of knowledge you’d like to study
- Take a look at the suggested streams below for inspiration
- Consult your course profile via e:Vision (available after you complete online registration)
- Read the descriptions and choose your favourites. Choose 120 credits total.
- Check for timetable clashes. The timetable document is useful for understanding our scheduling codes.
- You can also check each module’s individual timetables on the eVision: Module Details > Module Information > [module information you are searching for] > choose Timetable in the next screen.
- Check the balance between the two semesters – the difference in credits between semesters should not be larger than 20 credits.
- Send your module choices to your adviser as soon as possible (by the 6 September). If there are no issues, they will submit it.
Send your questions at any stage of this process to your Academic Adviser, as they can help you!
These streams are groups of modules that go well together and follow each other in specific areas of knowledge. They each provide about half of the number of modules needed each year. While you only need to choose modules for year 1 now, looking at the years ahead can help you think of what modules you should do this year. Some modules in a stream are required for later modules in the same stream.
These streams are provided here as a source of inspiration, and not as requirements. You could combine 2 streams, use one stream as a starting point and add more modules to it, or pick and choose modules as you see fit. It’s your Natural Sciences degree to design as you’d like.
Module codes end with a letter that let's you know whether the module is a year long or one semester:
Y - Year Long
A - Semester 1
B - Semester 2
Steps to Success - Getting started in your School of Study
You will have received an email from UEA confirming your place. Follow the links to register online and set up your IT account, username and password.
Go to E:Vision to view your personalised timetable information. There will be UEA wide events for all students as well as our School events and activities.
Go to the SCI Student Zone.This is our area for all Science students to find common and School only information. It is an important reference area not only in your first few weeks but also during all your time here. Right now, your School areas on the SCI Student Zone will also have more information about any essential or recommended reading for your course (if needed before you arrive) or if you have optional module choices to make in your first year, there will be some more information about that. Most Schools have a ‘New Student Information’ area but do take time to browse the other tabs, including the general Science Student Information tab.
Follow these instructions once you have registered online:
- Go to https://portal.uea.ac.uk/
- Select BLACKBOARD from the 3 orange buttons towards the top of the screen
- Type in your UEA username and password, and select Sign In
- At the top right of the screen select SCI Student Zone
Double check you have done all of above! Keep regularly checking your timetable and School Student Zones up to and during arrival week as sometimes things are added or rooms can change.