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The Middle Years Programme (MYP) sciences framework encourages students to investigate issues through research, observation and experimentation, working independently and collaboratively.

As they investigate real examples of science application, students will discover the tensions and dependencies between science and morality, ethics, culture, economics, politics, and the environment.

What is the significance of sciences in the MYP?

Scientific inquiry fosters critical and creative thinking about research and design, as well as the identification of assumptions and alternative explanations.

Through MYP sciences, students will learn to appreciate and respect the ideas of others, gain good ethical-reasoning skills and further develop their sense of responsibility as members of local and global communities.

How are sciences structured in the MYP?

MYP sciences courses usually include biology, chemistry and physics, but schools may develop and offer other sciences courses that meet the subject group’s aims and objectives.   

Additional courses could include:

  • environmental sciences
  • life sciences
  • physical sciences
  • sport sciences
  • health sciences
  • earth sciences. 

MYP science courses can include interdisciplinary science units that explore concepts, skills and processes from two or more science disciplines.

Each approach allows students to meet all subject group objectives. Schools offering integrated science courses can register students to receive IB-validated grades through MYP eAssessment.

Find out more about the MYP curriculum and about becoming authorized to implement the MYP.

Learn more about science in an MYP workshop for teachers

Sciences subject brief

Subject briefs are short documents providing an outline of the course. Click on the brief below to find out more information about this subject.


MYP sciences (PDF, 612 KB) pdf