Why Cambridge Natural Sciences?

Are you thinking of applying to Natural Science at Cambridge, what sets it apart from other Natural Science courses in the country and makes it so popular?

Last Updated: 12th May 2015

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The Natural Science Tripos at Cambridge is a course unlike any other in the UK. But what makes it so special?

Zoology or Chemistry? Materials Science or Astrophysics? Maybe Psychology or Microbiology…? The choices you have are endless. 

Why is it though, that you should study Natural Science at Cambridge as opposed to any other university that offers the course?

1. Freedom of choice

While you are developing all of your scientific skills into a well-rounded core understanding you are getting a chance to engage with all the sciences and learn what kind of scientist you really want to be. 

May you make take an interest in a subject you had never considered before as you look to try something new. 

Do not worry about not being able to pursue your new and old interests. By the end of the third year, there are 18 different subjects available of which you will choose three. Still, there is a wide scope to be creative. 

You may decide to do Physics and Chemistry, or Pharmacology and Psychology or any number of other exciting combinations. While it’s always a challenge to juggle so many disparate courses it is worth the freedom it gives. 

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2. Passion for science

By applying to study Natural Science all you need to prove to Admission Tutors is that you have a passion for science. 

At GCSE and A-Level you will have likely studied “Science” but this is not a degree option, so knowing what to apply for when it comes to university applications can be a difficult decision to make. 

A broad first year is combined with increasing specialisation in the second and the possibility of total specialisation from the third year. This is typically divided into Biological and Physical subjects, but if you truly wish you can take a broader subject option. 

With Natural Science you do not need to make a decision. 

With Cambridge Natural Science you do not need to choose, instead you enrol on the Natural Science Tripos. This means that when you start you might not have any idea what speciality you want to pursue in the end. 

If there are many areas of science that interest you, applying for them all at different universities using just one Personal Statement could get quite confusing. Especially if the scientific topics have nothing in common. 

All you need to apply for Natural Science at Cambridge is a passion for science. 

3. Cultivates a passion for learning

The excitement of discovering more of the world around us, for example, how fish breathe in water, why the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, triggers a sense of curiosity in students’ minds, encouraging them to explore the mysteries they can almost observe everywhere. 

The fact that Natural Science at Cambridge utilises a hands-on approach builds an appetite for learning among many. 

4. It is rewarding

Natural Science at Cambridge is one of the most demanding science degrees in the country in terms of the amount of content and contact hours. 

You will be working at least eight hours a day but this can vary massively depending on how you work and learn. You will definitely not be able to manage to get through the course if you do not have a real interest in science. 

The course is extremely challenging but it is definitely rewarding and enriching due to how broad it is. You do not have to pick one science from the offset like at other universities, and instead, you have the opportunity to explore which modules you like and enjoy and how all the sciences interlink. 

This is to reinforce the idea that the sciences are dependent on each other. 

Overall Natural Science is a challenging but rewarding degree that you will enjoy if you like to be pushed and have a true interest in science.

5. Transferable Skills

The breadth of the course reflects the blurring of boundaries between the different sciences and before committing yourself to one department you study a variety of subjects. 

The four types of skills undergraduates are expected to develop are: 

Other skills which you should develop throughout your time studying Natural Science at Cambridge are: research skills, numeracy and computer literacy.


From the reasons stated above it should be easier to understand why to study Natural Science at Cambridge. 

At a time when you are getting ready to open your mind to the world of Natural Science at university, instead of boxing yourself into a narrow degree Cambridge allows you to explore all the world of science has to offer. 

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