The major strength of the Cambridge Natural Sciences Tripos lies in the wide range of options available to students from day one. First–year students will typically study three science courses plus a Maths option. In later years there is a wide range of science disciplines to choose from. Courses are chosen based on your interest, academic performance and discussion with your Director of Studies.
Trinity Hall is a fantastic environment in which to study Natural Sciences, having a dynamic team of academics who teach right across the spectrum of this course, whilst themselves carrying out world-leading research. Our students benefit from a close association with this supportive and inspiring team, who collectively put a strong emphasis on guiding our undergraduates’ course choices and enabling them to gain experience of cutting-edge research in their vacations. In the past few years, our students have been amongst the most successful, academically, of any college in Cambridge, and many go on to study towards higher degrees or take up research jobs in industry.
Due to the breadth of choices available, it would be impossible to recommend any specific preparatory reading. We look for students with a broad and passionate interest in science, however, so suggest that you read widely around the popular science and more accessible academic literature that interests you most.