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Natural Sciences

Course Overview

Scientists are admitted to read NST, rather than a specific subject; most courses are three years long, and there are optional 4th years for some subjects, further details can be found in the University Prospectus and the Cambridge Natural Sciences Tripos website.

For the individual student, the overriding advantage of the Natural Sciences Tripos at Cambridge is its flexibility, and the way it enables you to tailor your course to your talents and developing interests. The personality and interests of a good synthetic organic chemist is different from that of a theoretical physicist, or an experimental psychologist. A large proportion of our students change direction within the framework of the NST once they are in Cambridge. Usually the change is fairly subtle, often reflecting the availability of new subjects not taught at school. For example, a student whose favourite school subject is physics may become a theoretical physicist if mathematically orientated, but could also develop into a materials scientist, an electrical engineer or a computer scientist. However, some students become fired with enthusiasm for a new subject, and make quite dramatic changes in direction, for example from the physical to the biological end of the spectrum. Find out more about the course here.

The Benefits of Natural Sciences at Fitzwilliam College

The Natural Sciences (Physical) course is the largest subject group at Fitz, and we have over 10 Fellows and associated teaching staff covering the full range of subjects, from Physics and Chemistry through to newer subjects like Materials Science and Earth Sciences. They host regular social events through the Natural Sciences Society and provide a friendly and supportive learning environment.

The Natural Sciences (Biological) course at Fitz provides a dynamic and diverse undergraduate experience. Fitz students work closely with Fellows of the College whose research interests include Plant Sciences, Neuroscience and Zoology. Students also have the advantage that their Directors of Studies are Fellows of the College and actively involved in teaching. Our library is the best-stocked in Cambridge, and in addition we promote the teaching of transferable skills to all undergraduates.

Facts and Figures

Average intake each year: ? need to clarify

Typical A Level offer: A*A*A

Typical IB offer: 40 – 42 points with 776 at Higher Level

We may modify offers to take account of individual circumstances.

Essential subjects: at least two science/ mathematics subjects at A Level or IB Higher Level

Useful subjects: a third science/ mathematics subject to at least AS Level or IB Standard Level

Application Process

Applicants are required to sit the Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment (NSAA), prior to being invited for interview.

On your application form, you are asked to specify 'physical' or 'biological' as well as Natural Sciences, although this does not constrain your final choices of subjects - it simply ensures that your interviews will be appropriate to your interests.

Director of Studies

Professor James Elliott

Professor Andy Jardine

Professor David Coomes

Dr Jeongmin Choi

Dr Aaron D’Sa

Dr Elisa Galliano

Headshot of professor  James Elliott

Professor James Elliott

Headshot of professor Andrew Jardine

Professor Andrew Jardine

Headshot of David Coomes

Professor David Coomes

Headshot of professor Jeongmin Choi

Professor Jeongmin Choi

Headshot of Dr Aaron D'Sa

Dr Aaron D'Sa

Headshot of Dr Elisa Galliano

Dr Elisa Galliano