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Physical Sciences

Programme Specification: Part II Physical Sciences

This course consists of material borrowed from other courses offered within the Natural Sciences Tripos and elsewhere.


  1. to provide a route for students who would prefer to follow a broader curriculum in physical sciences than that offered in other Part II courses;
  2. to provide a course for students who have decided on a career more suited to a broad scientific background and have concluded that a more research-oriented single subject Part II would not meet their needs.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students should

  1. be able to apply the ideas and concepts introduced in the courses to solve problems, make predictions and rationalise trends;
  2. have a deeper understanding in selected areas of physical science;
  3. have enhanced practical skills, particularly in the areas of making and interpreting measurements.

Teaching and Learning Methods

These include lectures, supervisions and practical classes.


Students offer a subset of the examinations required for their Part II Half Subject in Chemistry, Physics or Geological Sciences, the examination requirements for their chosen Part IB subject, and a 5,000 word dissertation.

Additional Information

Further information on each subject is available in the Subject summary and on the Course Websites pages.