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Natural Sciences - Biological

Director of Studies    Dr Linda King (St Edmund's College)
Faculty website    http://www.cam.ac.uk/natscitripos
Undergraduate admissions    http://www.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/
Course information    http://www.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/courses/natsci/
Further enquiries    admissions@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk

 

 

 

Undergraduate Study

BA Natural Sciences

 

Course Overview

We accept both mature and, in some cases, affiliated students for the undergraduate study of both Biological and Physical Sciences.  Upon the College receiving your application, if appropriate, you will be called for interview, including an interview with the person who will become your personal Director of Studies (DoS). The College has two Directors of Studies: Dr Susan Haines (Physical Sciences) and Dr Linda King (Biological Sciences). On acceptance into St Edmund's College, your DoS will contact you before you arrive in Cambridge (by email) and then meet with you soon after your arrival to discuss your choice of course options.

Students studying the Natural Sciences in the first year (Part IA) take 4 courses, one of which must be some aspect of mathematics. To help familiarise yourself with the Cambridge examination system, we organise mock examinations for you directly before the Lent term in mid-January, during which you will be questioned on the previous term's work.

 

There is further information about the course on the University and Course webpages.  These sites also have links to the individual departments involved with teaching the Natural Sciences course.

Entry Requirements

Access to HE alone is not considered adequate preparation. 

Most students have at least three science/mathematics A Levels. The minimum requirement is two, but this will restrict your choice of Part IA options. In these circumstances, you'll normally be expected to achieve A* in both of the science/mathematics subjects and encouraged to take an additional science/mathematics AS Level. The more useful combinations are:

  • A Level Biology, A Level Chemistry, and AS Level Mathematics or Physics
  • A Level Chemistry, A Level Mathematics, and AS Level Biology or Physics
  • A Level Physics, A Level Mathematics and AS Level Further Mathematics

See also the Part IA paper descriptions for specific subject requirements for each Year 1 option.

 

At-Interview Assessment

All applicants for the Natural Sciences Tripos at St Edmund's will be required to take an at interview admissions test.  Further information about this will be provided.  
 
Please note that your performance in the assessment at interview will not be considered in isolation, but will be taken into account alongside the other elements of your application.
 

Postgraduate Study

We have many postgraduate students in College studying Natural Sciences leading to either an MPhil or a PhD As a post-graduate student, due to the highly specialised nature of your research, almost all of your teaching will take place in your Department, however, the College organises courses to help you with more general matters such as scientific writing. You will also be given the opportunity to present your research findings in College to an audience composed of your College friends and also the College Fellows. Many of the College Fellows are Senior Scientists and you are encouraged to socialise with them at dinner and at other organised functions.