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Biological Sciences at Cambridge: Our Courses

Nature Sciences Tripos

Spread over three years, the Natural Sciences Tripos covers a wide range of potential topics, including the opportunity to focus down into biological sciences specialisms.

You may even study alongside students from the Psychology and Behavioural Sciences and Medical and Veterinary Sciences Triposes.

For further information about applying to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge, visit the dedicated Natural Sciences admissions page.

For information for current students about the structure of the course and what choices you can make, visit the Natural Sciences website for new and current students.

For an overview of the sorts of support and help you can expect during your time at Cambridge, we have a dedicated Natural Sciences guide which covers biological sciences, physical sciences, and options to study other related topics such as the history and philosophy of science.

Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Tripos

The Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Tripos is also delivered over three years and gives the opportunity to study psychology alongside a wide range of related fields including anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy and sociology.

You may even study alongside students from the Natural Sciences and Medical and Veterinary Sciences Triposes.

For further information about applying to study Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Cambridge, visit the dedicated admissions website for Psychology.

For information for current students about the course and what options you can take throughout your studies, visit the Psychological and Behavioural Sciences website for current students.

For an overview of the support you can expect to receive from the Department of Psychology during your studies at Cambridge, we have a dedicated Psychology guide with lots of resources and subject-specific information.

Medical and Veterinary Sciences Triposes

The Medical and Veterinary Sciences Triposes are divided into two parts: the first three years are classed as being 'pre-clinical' and are where you build your foundational knowledge of your subject. The final three years are more clinical-based where you will develop your practical working knowledge in clinical settings.

The pre-clinical years for Medics and Vets are supported by the School of Biological Sciences with the final third year acting as a mini-sabbatical where students can learn other subjects, including working alongside students taking the Natural Sciences and Psychological Triposes. 

When the clinical years start, the Medics move on to the School of Clinical Medicine, while the Vets stay with us in the Biological Sciences and get to know the Veterinary School a bit better.

For further information about applying to study medicine, visit the dedicated Medical Sciences admissions website. To find out about studying veterinary medicine, visit the dedicated Veterinary Medicine admissions website. 

For information for current medical students about the structure of the course, visit the MedST website for new and current students. For current veterinary medicine students, visit the VetST website for new and current students

For an overview of the support you can have during your studies at Cambridge, visit our dedicated Medical and Veterinary Sciences guide.

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