Natural Sciences offers a wide range of physical and biological science subjects from 16 departments in a unique and demanding course. A broad first year is combined with increasing specialisation in the second year, and the possibility of total specialisation from the third year. The breadth of the course reflects the blurring of boundaries between the different sciences and before committing yourself to one department you study a variety of subjects, some of which may be new to you.
In the first year, students study three science courses plus mathematics. Biological options include Biology of Cells, Evolution and Behaviour and Physiology. Other courses commonly chosen by biologists include Chemistry and Earth Sciences and qualified candidates may take physical sciences courses. In your second year, you will choose three courses from over 20 available options, including a comprehensive range of courses in biological sciences. In your third year, you specialise in one subject, or follow a broad spectrum subject in Biological and Biomedical Sciences. Some subjects have an optional fourth year. Full details about the structure and content of the course can be found on the University website.
Biological Natural Sciences at Murray Edwards College
We welcome around eight undergraduate students in the Biological Natural Sciences each year and many of our medical and veterinary students study a Biological Natural Sciences subject in their third year. Within the College as a whole this means we have around 40 undergraduate students and 40 postgraduate students interested in Biological Natural Sciences or in closely related subject areas. The student-run Franklin Society organises events for those interested in science, including talks from invited speakers. Additionally, there are opportunities for Natural Sciences students and Fellows to dine together during the year, fostering the scientific community within the College.
A Level: A*A*A with A* in two specified subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics
IB: 42, 776 with 7 in two specified IB Higher Level subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics
A Level: A Level in at least two science/mathematics subjects
IB: IB Higher Level in at least two science/mathematics subjects
All applicants for Natural Sciences are required to take a written assessment, for which they must be registered in advance.
Murray Edwards Natural Sciences applicants are not asked to submit written work to the College.
Read our Q&A with the Director of Studies for Biological Natural Sciences.