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: A2 Chemistry or its equivalent is virtually essential, plus one other science or Mathematics at A2.

Highly Desirable: A2 in Biology, Mathematics or Physics; AS in any of these subjects or Further Mathematics.

Most of our biologists have taken Biology and Chemistry, plus Physics or Maths at A2.

Please also see Natural  Sciences requirements on the university website.

Written Work

No written work required.

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


Currently, candidates sit two subject interviews of 25 minutes each, covering a broad range of topics. Fifteen minutes before the first interview you will be given a passage to read, which we will ask you about during the interview.

Director(s) of Studies

Dr Olivier Restif (Part IA): University Lecturer, Department of Veterinary Medicine
Expertise: mathematical biology, epidemiology, microbiology.

Dr Helen Leggett (Part IB): Research Associate, Department of Genetics
Expertise: evolutionary biology, ecology, invertebrate model systems.

Dr Colin Crump (Part II and III): University Lecturer, Department of Pathology
Expertise: virology, cell biology, biochemistry.

Other Fellows in Natural Sciences (Biological) and Medicine (Pre-clinical)

Dr Brian McCabe - Physiology of Organisms
Dr. Paul Schofield – Physiology
Dr. Andrew Sharkey – Pathology
Dr. Teresa Tiffert – Physiology

Further information

Natural Sciences (information from Cambridge Undergraduate Admissions)

Natural Sciences Tripos  (NatSci web site – very useful)

Updated May 2016