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4th Year (Part III)

Thinking about the fourth year

If you are thinking about a career in research, you should consider taking the optional fourth year (Part III) which is currently offered in the following subjects:

  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Materials Science
  • Physics
  • Systems Biology

Part III leads to the degree of MSci, the academic equivalent of integrated Masters degrees in other major UK university departments in these fields.

At this level you will be studying your subject at the edge of what is known. You will be reading research papers published by experts in the field from all over the world and attending lectures given by members of staff actively researching the topics covered. The emphasis on self-directed learning increases. You will be given the opportunity to gain highly specialised knowledge and considerable research experience, with support and guidance. A wide choice is offered so that you can follow up lines of work in which you are particularly interested.

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

Please click the links for details of entry requirements and the entry process.