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The Natural Sciences Tripos is the framework within which most of the science is taught in Cambridge. It is taught by sixteen Departments and includes a wide range of physical and biological sciences and the history and philosophy of science.
You will start with a very broad exposure to the sciences with compulsory mathematics modules in your first year, and then will specialise down to an area of your particular interest by the final year. The course gives you a strong foundation on which to build specialised knowledge and is of increasing importance in the modern world where inter-disciplinary collaboration contributes to some of the most spectacular and innovative developments in sciences today.
“By studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge, you will become a scientist - and not just a physicist, geologist or geneticist. The broad-based course will help you bridge the gaps between traditional boundaries of science. Cambridge has a strong tradition of teaching science in this way – the Tripos has existed in some form or other for well over 100 years. Science constantly changes and develops and therefore the courses that are offered do so as well.”
The course also allows you to change direction if you so desire. This choice and flexibility is a great draw to many students who anticipate that what they are interested in now, might not be what they wish to study after a year or 2 of further education.
|Courses Four courses are taken:||Teaching methods: Lectures, Practicals, Suupervisions, Examination|
|Courses Core material, including courses on:
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|Courses Specialise in 1 selected subject for in-depth study. Alternatively students may opt for a more generalised course :||Assessment Examination, Completion of degree|
|Research FAny of the following subjects can be followed
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