A Level: A*A*A IB: 40-41 points, with 776 at Higher Level

The Natural Sciences course is designed to allow students a large degree of flexibility in their studies. Students need not have a plan for the entire course as they can study a broad range of subjects in the first year and then become increasingly specialised in the area that most interests them. While Natural Science students can afford to be undecided about their future specialisation, they must nevertheless be committed and highly motivated as the course is demanding and challenging for even the most gifted students. Natural Scientists have a relatively structured programme of morning lectures and a number of afternoon practical classes. However, they still find time to pursue a wide range of social and sporting activities within the College and further afield.

Our Natural Science students find Robinson a friendly and stimulating place to study. During their time here, many students will progress through the range of subjects towards a planned specialisation, while for others it is a chance to discover exciting courses and interesting areas of scientific research they had not previously considered.

Note: When applying for Natural Sciences at Cambridge, you need to indicate on your Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) or Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA) whether you wish to apply for Biological or Physical sciences.

Subject Requirements

Essential: Mathematics; plus one from Physics, Chemistry or Further Maths*.

* - If not taking Physics, this should include all Mechanics modules.

Highly Desirable: A further subject from Physics, Chemistry or Further Maths to A level.

Most of our physical scientists have taken A levels in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and AS or A level in Further Maths.  Mathematics is essential in all the Physical sciences and should be taken to as higher level as you can manage.

Written Work


Admissions Assessments

All applicants are required to take the pre-interview written assessment for Natural Sciences at an authorised centre local to them (for a lot of applicants, this will be their school/college). The assessment will consist of Maths/Science MCQs (80 minutes) and In-depth Science questions (40 minutes). For further information on the assessment format, please view the entry requirements tab on: http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/natural-sciences

Director(s) of Studies

Dr Bill Nolan - Director of Studies in Natural Sciences (Physical)
Dr Alex Chin - Director of Studies in Natural Sciences (Physics and Astrophysics)
Dr Rachel Oliver - Director of Studies in Natural Sciences (Materials Science)
Dr Alex Copley - Director of Studies in Natural Sciences (Earth Sciences)

Teaching Fellows in Natural Sciences (Physical)

Prof David Ritchie - Semi Conductor Physics
Prof Richard Needs - Theoretical Physics
Dr Melinda Duer - Chemistry (solid state NMR)
Dr Kevin Chalut - Physics (Bio-Physics)
Dr Paul Griffiths - Chemistry (Atmospheric Science)

Further information

Natural Sciences  (information from Cambridge Admissions website)

Natural Sciences Tripos  (NatSci web site – very useful)

Updated May 2016