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Date:June 07, 2016

Physics Course Structure – Cambridge


 YearTopics CoveredTeaching methods

Year 1

Any 3 of:
  • Lectures
  • Practical
  • Supervisions
  • Examination





Any 3 of:
  • Lectures
  • Practicals
  • Supervision
  • Examination

Year 3

Specialise in 1 selected
subject for in-depth study.Alternatively students may opt for a more generalisedcourse :

  • Examination
  • Completion of             B.A. Degree

Year 4

Any of the following subjects can be followed
into a fourth year: 

  • Research Project & novel Experimental study  + dissertation
  • Oral Viva Exam
  • Advanced Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Develop skills in critical analysis and appraisal
  • Examination
  • Completion of       M.Sci degree.


Cambridge: At Cambridge, Physics is part of the Natural Sciences Degree (NatSci). In Year 1 (Part IA), Natural Science students can take Physics as one of their three experimental sciences.  In the second year (Part IB), two Chemistry courses are on offer. Chemistry A covers mainly Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Whereas Chemistry B covers mainly Organic and Inorganic Chemistry. Those intending to specialise in Chemistry usually take both of these courses, but this is not a requirement for proceeding to the third year. Often, NatScis heading for other specialisms take just one of these two.  In the Third and Fourth years, you can specialise completely in Chemistry. You can either choose to graduate after three years (with the BA) having completed Part II or alternatively, you can take Part II and then carry on for the fourth year to complete Part III. At the end of the fourth year you graduate with an MSci (which is equivalent to an MChem) and are also awarded a BA.


In the fourth year, student have the opportunity to carry out a research project in an are of particular interest. Building on the skills developed in the first three year, students will apply the ideas and concepts to solve problems, make calculations, make predictions and rationalize trends to critically evaluate information and data from the primary research front. The year culminated with an oral examination and presentation of your dissertation to a panel of experts, both intrnal and external. Many students may then go on to continue this work as part of a PhD.