The Natural Sciences Tripos is the framework within which most science is taught in Cambridge. Sixteen departments contribute to the course, and Natural Scientists can choose from a wide range of options in the physical and biological sciences, as well as the history and philosophy of science. About half of Cambridge Natural Sciences graduates go on to further study or research; others enter banking, accountancy, law, consultancy and the media.

Lucy Cavendish aims to admit three to five undergraduates in Natural Sciences each year, and a number of Erasmus students follow related pathways, making for one of the most diverse and dedicated subject communities in college. We also have a very strong postgraduate presence, with around fifty MPhil and PhD Biologists, Biochemists, Biotechnologists, Chemists, Earth Scientists and Physicists, alongside teaching and research staff.

Further information about the course can be found on the Tripos and University websites.

Course Requirements

  • Successful applicants usually have the equivalent of three Science/Maths A Levels, including Maths and Chemistry
  • For Biological Natural Sciences our admissions panel will consider applicants with an Access to Science course and two science A Levels
  • Open University modules or a Certificate of Higher Education could form part of an application but would not be sufficient alone to meet the entrance requirements

For more information, see the general Entrance Requirements and FAQs, or contact our Admissions Office (

Admissions Assessment

Pre-interview assessment is not required for Lucy Cavendish
Applicants invited for interview sit a written assessment on the day of interview.  This assessment will last no longer than one hour, and will be similar in content and format to the assessment used by other colleges, prior to interview. Specifications can be found here.

Directors of Studies

Dr Anna Git (Biological Sciences)

'I work at the Department of Biochemistry with strong ties to the CRUK Cambridge Institute. I am an RNA biochemist with a keen interest in mechanisms of disease, and in particular, in how understanding them can aid early diagnosis. I mostly work on breast cancer, but also contribute to collaborative efforts investigating various infectious diseases.'

Professor Ruth Cameron (Physical Sciences)

'I work in the field of medical and pharmaceutical materials and direct the Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials in the Materials Science Department in Cambridge. My research concerns materials that interact therapeutically with the body.'





Student Profiles

Ruta grew up in Lithuania and left her job as a technician in a medical device development company to come to Cambridge, having previously sat the International more

Heather worked in the fast food industry before taking an Access to HE Diploma at Birmingham Metropolitan College and studying A-level Sciences, more