Programme Specification: Part II Biological and Biomedical Sciences
This course consists of material borrowed from other courses offered within the Natural Sciences Tripos and elsewhere.
- to provide a route for students who would prefer a broader biological curriculum than that offered in single subject Part II courses;
- to provide an education of the highest calibre in biosciences leading to graduates of the quality sought by the professions, the public service, and industry;
- to provide an intellectually stimulating and challenging learning environment in which students have the opportunity to develop their skills and enthusiasms to the best of their potential;
- to provide training in scientific principles and experience in evaluation of research;
- to contribute to the national needs for practitioners and leaders in the sciences, medical and veterinary professions.
At the end of the course students should have
- an advanced, in depth, understanding of the core principles and their experimental basis of a chosen major subject
- additional advanced understanding of the a more limited area of a chosen minor subject
- experience of independent work, including an introduction to aspects of scientific research skills;
- developed skills in analysis of arguments and data from research papers;
- developed skills of reasoned argument in written scientific investigations and exegesis;
- written communication skills.
Teaching and Learning Methods
These include lectures, supervisions and seminars.
Students offer the written papers of a chosen biological science subject in Part II of the Tripos together with one additional paper chosen from another Part II biological science or another Tripos. Students also offer a 6000 word dissertation. Students are advised to review the pages of the programme specification in the subjects offered.