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Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences in Cambridge brings together the full range of physical and biological sciences into one unique and inspiring course

The Natural Sciences course blurs the boundaries between the sciences, allowing you to explore your scientific interests before committing to a chosen specialist area. In the first year, you study maths and three sciences, ranging from subjects you might already know, such as Physics, Chemistry or Biology of Cells, to less familiar subjects such as Evolution and Behaviour, Materials or Earth Sciences. In the second year, you choose three subjects from over 20 available options, before specialising in one subject in the third year. Some subjects also have an optional fourth year, which usually includes a substantial research project. The 4-year course qualifies you for both the BA and MSci degrees. It is also possible to graduate after three years with only the BA degree. More details about the course can be found on the University website.

When you apply, we ask you to specify whether you are a Biological or Physical Natural Scientist. The choice does not necessarily restrict the subjects you can study on the course - rather it refers to what you feel your main scientific interests are when you apply. This is probably reflected in the subjects you are currently studying: Physical Natural Scientists are usually studying Physics, while Biological Natural Scientists are usually studying Biology. Chemistry lies somewhere between and is often studied by both. Another way to look at it is to consider which science subjects you might choose in your first year from the list available here. If you are not sure whether to select the Biological or Physical route, you are welcome to contact the Admissions Office for advice. 

Typical offer

A Level: A*A*A

IB: 42 (776)

Required subjects

A Level: A Level Mathematics and two science subjects 

IB: HL Mathematics and two science subjects 

Admissions assessment

Applicants are required to take the Engineering and Science Admissions Test (ESAT). You must register in advance for this test. 

Written work

Applicants are not required to submit written work.

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