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Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

Natural Sciences - Physical

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Natural Sciences offers a wide range of physical and biological science subjects from numerous different 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 area you study a variety of subjects, some of which may be new to you.
In the first year, students study three science courses plus Mathematics. Physical scientists often choose options including Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Materials Science or Physics. In your second year, you will choose three courses from over 20 available options, including a comprehensive range of courses in the physical sciences.  In your third year, you specialise in one subject, or continue to follow a broad spectrum in Physical Sciences.  Some subjects have an optional fourth year.  Full details about the structure and content of the course can be found on the University website

Physical Natural Sciences at Murray Edwards College 

We welcome around 10 undergraduate students in Physical Natural Sciences each year. Within the College as a whole this means we typically have around 40 undergraduate students in the subject and closely related areas. The student-run Franklin Society organises events for those interested in science, including talks from invited speakers. Additionally, there are opportunities for Natural Sciences students and Fellows to dine together during the year, fostering the scientific community within the College.

Typical offer
A Level: A*A*A
IB: 42 (776)

Required subjects
A Level: A Level in Mathematics and two science subjects
IB: IB Higher Level Mathematics and two science subjects

Admissions Assessment
All applicants for Natural Sciences are required to take the Engineering and Science Admissions Test (ESAT), for which they must be registered in advance.

Written work
Murray Edwards Natural Sciences applicants are not asked to submit written work to the College. 

Read the Q&A with our Director of Studies in Physical Natural Sciences.

Academic and teaching staff