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Open days 2018

Information on the 2019 Open Days to follow.

Booking is now open - use this link.

Download the NST open day booklet 2018. 

Where are the Open Days held?©Keith Heppell Open Day 1

The Natural Sciences Open Days are part of the University's General Open Days and will be held in a central location, close to many of the Departments and Colleges.

The 2018 open day subject stalls will be held at the Sidgwick site. There will be subject talks and department tours going on throughout the day. As there are so many Departments to fit into one afternoon, we recommend that you plan your day before arriving. Download a timetable of Natural Sciences talks and events.   

There is no on-site parking available, so we therefore recommend the use of the city's many park and ride services, details of which can be found on this website.

You can attend the Open Days without visiting any of the Colleges, although many of them allow informal visits late in the afternoon.

If you cannot attend either of the scheduled Open Days, see our further advice.

How do the Open Days work?

The Natural Sciences Tripos is taught by sixteen different Departments right across Cambridge; the Open Days are designed to gather information from the Departments under one roof in order to make it easier for you to find out more about the courses on offer, and ask any questions you may have.

Most people spend several hours at one of the Open Days (there is no need to attend for both days) dividing their time between the central display, talks and tours. A general programme of events is provided to all who register for the Open Day. 

There are 4 course information talks held at various venues throughout the day. These are all the same and any student interested in Biological or Physical may attend any of these talks. 

What can I expect at the Open Days?

Most of the Departments involved in teaching will have a stand in the Natural Sciences marquee. Some will have talks, tours and interactive events (please see the programme of events). 

©Keith Heppell Open Day 2Staff and students will be present to provide information and advice. We encourage you to take advantage of talking to the people manning the displays.

In addition, there will also be people on hand to offer advice on admissions and what choices would be open to you in your studies. One of the great strengths of the Natural Sciences Tripos is that you study a range of sciences in your first year; this is a time to stretch yourself, maybe learn a new subject. There will be people who can help you to explore your options and where they might lead you.

If you have any queries regarding the Open Days, or other questions about studying Natural Sciences, please email natsci@admin.cam.ac.uk and we will endeavour to answer your enquiries. Particular enquiries about admission to the University should be directed to the admissions office.

What if I can't attend the Open Days?

Unfortunately, the two days in July are the only opportunities we formally offer for prospective students to meet with staff to discuss the subjects taught in Natural Sciences. The University does not have a single "Department of Natural Sciences"; instead, a number of Departments contribute various courses which you combine together to form an individual programme. Rather than have individual Open Days for each Department, we bring together all sixteen of them in this one large event.

If you can't make these two days in July, it may still be possible for you to meet informally with members of individual Departments if you contact them directly. Our advice would be:

  • Have a thorough look at the Natural Sciences website and particularly the individual course websites you think you may be interested in. 
  • Have a think about which Colleges interest you most.
  • Contact those Colleges and arrange to speak to an Admissions Tutor, with the aim of visiting Cambridge and viewing the College. Some Colleges have Open Days on days that might suit you.
  • Ask the Admissions Tutor if they would be able to help in arranging for you to visit with (or meet members of) Departments that interest you. Most Colleges will have a Fellow or College member for each Department.
  • Alternatively, you could contact Departments directly - see the Departmental websites - and arrange visits yourself.