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Subject Information Overview

The Natural Sciences Tripos is the framework within which most of the science is taught and examined in Cambridge. It is taught primarily by sixteen Departments and includes a wide range of physical and biological sciences, and the history and philosophy of science. Departments provide the structure for the Tripos, teaching in lectures and practical and examples classes; all students are members of a Cambridge College, which provides advice on the direction of studies and, in collaboration with the Departments, small-group teaching (supervisions).

The programme is only offered as a full-time course and normally lasts for three or four years, depending on the specialist subjects chosen. Students have a wide choice of subjects from their matriculation and therefore each student has an individual programme of courses leading to their degree.