Roskilde University’s International Study Programme in Natural Sciences offers unconventional degree programmes in Denmark. In fact, there are as many natural science programs at NSM as there are candidates to pursue them. Students literally get an education as unique as they are.
The Department of Science, Systems of Models (NSM) conducts cutting-edge natural science programs. Six study programmes operate under its auspices, covering mathematics, physics, chemistry, generally biology, molecular biology and medical biology.
An interdisciplinary approach to higher learning
Collaboration between students, faculty and industry players is strong at RU. It takes three years to earn a bachelor’s degree through NSM. The first 1.5 years involves mastering the fundamentals – planning experiments, framing analyses and creating scientific models. During the second half, students choose two parallel bachelor subjects to pursue in tandem. One of these must be anchored in the natural sciences, with significant latitude granted on the second.
NSM is involved in basic and applied research, with interdisciplinary focus areas in everything from education and health to energy production and biomaterials. Students have the chance to play key roles in experimental research projects, and they often serve as co-authors on papers published by the university. New patents and breakthroughs are a matter of course.
University curriculum crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries in a quest to uncover revolutionary scientific approaches. Students combine many different specialized courses of study that bridge disciplines at once. Project work is also emphasized, with each student encouraged to study problem areas that genuinely interest them.
They then gauge the importance of these problems on a scientific basis and choose their two areas of academic interest accordingly. As such, students at RU take responsibility for their own education. Faculty are there to guide and inform them along their academic journey, but the end result is an interdisciplinary and challenging education that each student can take pride in.
Students enrolled in the International Bachelor Study Programme in Natural Sciences enjoy a unique academic environment. Each incoming group of international students stay together in a house, where they take lunch, do their homework and engage in social activities. This fosters a strong and cohesive social environment.
At the weekend, students from across campus come together to socialise and play games at the Natcafé. In addition to this, RU sponsors a variety of events, social groups and societies that involve everything from sports to singing.