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The Second Year - Part IB

Students may enter Part IB of the Tripos if they have successfully completed Part IA of the Tripos. Students may transfer from another Tripos, providing they have satisfied the criteria for admission specified for the Natural Sciences Tripos and have approval from their College Director of Studies.

Students take three subjects from the list given below. There are some restrictions on subject combinations, although there are well over 100 different combinations taken each year.

  • Animal Biology
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Chemistry A
  • Chemistry B
  • Ecology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Geological Sciences A
  • Geological Sciences B
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics
  • Neurobiology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physics A
  • Physics B
  • Physiology
  • Plant and Microbial Sciences


Further information on each subject is available in the programme specification, on the course website, and in the subject summary.

Students are expected to attend, for each of the three subjects taken, three lectures, one supervision and up to six hours of practical work during each week of the eight-week terms. College Directors of Studies give further advice on appropriate levels of extracurricular study.