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Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences Natural Sciences is the framework within which most science subjects are taught at Cambridge. If you want to study any of the biological and physical sciences listed opposite, this is the course for you. Natural Sciences at Cambridge Natural Sciences (NST) offers a wide range of physical and biological science subjects from 16 departments in a unique and demanding course. A broad first year is combined with increasing specialisation in the second year, and the possibility of total specialisation from the third year. The breadth of the course reflects the blurring of boundaries between the different sciences and before committing yourself to one department you study a variety of subjects, some of which may be new to you. This means you can change your mind about which subject to specialise in. Visit the Departments’ websites for in-depth subject information and details about current research. All of these sites, as well as suggested reading for prospective students, can be accessed from the Natural Sciences website at: Flexibility and choice The flexibility of the course makes it possible to take purely biological sciences, purely physical sciences or a combination of both, according to your interests.

Most students pursue a single advanced subject in Year 3 (Part II), and undertake a research project or dissertation in that field. Alternatively, you can take the broader Biological and Biomedical Sciences option or the Physical Sciences option. After Natural Sciences? Almost half of our graduates continue with further study and research, either in Cambridge or at other universities, in the chemical industry, pharmaceuticals, infection and immunology, biotechnology, environmental management or nanotechnology. Natural Sciences prepares you well for the challenges of research, especially in emerging interdisciplinary areas. Natural Sciences students develop a range of skills that are highly valued by employers and they go into a wide range of careers; for example recent graduates include a maths teacher, a product development scientist, an investment banking analyst, and a management consultant.

Many students discover a passion for the new subjects that they start in the first year, such as Earth Sciences or Materials Science, and continue with these in subsequent years.

Fact file UCAS code

Typical offers require


A Level A*A*A

Duration Three or four years 2014 entry Applications per place: 5 Number accepted: 660


IB 40-41 points, with 776 at Higher Level Other qualifications See p143-5

Colleges Available at all Colleges Location Map references C, D, J, M, W (see p152-5)

See p92-3 for subject requirements Admissions test Some Colleges require/may require applicants to take the TSA (

University of Cambridge Undergraduate Prospectus 2016 Entry  

University of Cambridge Undergraduate Prospectus 2016 Entry