The Natural Sciences Tripos is the framework within which most science is taught in Cambridge. Sixteen departments contribute to the course, and Natural Scientists can choose from a wide range of options in the physical and biological sciences, as well as the history and philosophy of science. About half of Cambridge Natural Sciences graduates go on to further study or research; others enter banking, accountancy, law, consultancy and the media.

Natural Sciences is one of the most diverse and dedicated subject communities in college. We also have a very strong postgraduate presence, with around fifty MPhil and PhD Biologists, Biochemists, Biotechnologists, Chemists, Earth Scientists and Physicists, alongside teaching and research staff.


Further information about the course can be found on the Tripos and University websites.

Course Requirements

  • Successful applicants usually have the equivalent of three Science/Maths A Levels, including Maths and Chemistry
  • For Biological Natural Sciences our admissions panel will consider applicants with an Access to Science course and two science A Levels
  • Open University modules or a Certificate of Higher Education could form part of an application but would not be sufficient alone to meet the entrance requirements

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Admissions Assessment

  • Most applicants are required to take a subject-specific written admission assessment, either pre-interview or at interview. These assessments are designed to supplement the information in your application and provide a gauge of your abilities - to assess skills, such as comprehension and thinking skills, and levels of knowledge and understanding, relevant to your course. Read more on the University's website here.