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Information for Prospective Students

The Natural Sciences tripos (tripos is a Cambridge word for 'course') is interdisciplinary in nature, allowing students to specialise as they progress.


What do our students think?

In this video, students who have specialised in the Physical Sciences across fields such as Astronomy, Materials Science and Earth Sciences talk about their experiences.  In this video, we hear from students who have specialised in the Biological Sciences across fields such as Plant Science, Zoology and conservationism.


Are you thinking about Natural Sciences?

The Natural Sciences Tripos is the framework within which most of the sciences are taught in Cambridge. It is taught by sixteen Departments and includes a wide range of physical and biological sciences and the history and philosophy of science.

This part of the website is designed to provide prospective students with a starting point to learn more about the Tripos. You are encouraged to visit the websites of Departments involved in the Tripos for more detailed information about individual courses.

For more information read our overview booklet.  


A word about workload

First year NST students are required to study four subjects, each of which has 3 weekly lectures and most of which have practical sessions throughout the week too.  On top of this students attend supervisions at college and will be required to write essays during term time.  This is effectively the equivalent of working a 40 hour week! 

If at any time students are concerned about coping with their workload, help is always available through Directors of Studies and/or College Tutors. 

The University also has an extensive welfare system in place, including (but not limited to) student-led support - more information is available here.