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Mathematics - Natural Science

Students who like to take this course must have 'A' level Mathematics. This paper incorporates two parallel sets of lectures, option 'A' and option 'B' that are evaluated in the same exams. Both include mathematical techniques required for the study of a wide range of scientific subjects. Students shall develop an understanding of how to use mathematical methods and why it works.

This paper covers subjects including calculus and algebra of vector and scalar functions, partial and ordinary differential equations, matrices, Fourier series, probability, complex numbers and elementary computing techniques. Some of the topics for students will be completely new whereas other topics have been introduced to students at school. This course is built upon these topics.

Option A provides students thorough foundation of methods of mathematical science and comprises prerequisite for the mathematical content of all physical science courses in part first 'B' of Natural Sciences consisting of specifically Physics 'A', Mathematics and Physics 'B'. Option 'B' encompasses additional material for those who think mathematics rewarding but proceeds at a significantly faster pace. Students will be strongly motivated to take option 'A' unless they have thorough understanding of the material in the subsequent Mathematics 'A' level.

Mathematical Biology

Students who wish to take admission to this course must have 'A' level Mathematics. This paper aims to show how mathematical techniques can assist biologists. The examples of mathematical modeling are organized by biological topics that are drawn from animal, biochemistry and plant physiology, genetics and ecology.

Mathematical techniques incorporate recurrence relations, simple differential equations, compartmental analysis and partial derivatives. Statistics and probability also form part of the paper; however, no prior knowledge of either is required. Weekly computing practical teach numerical techniques and computational methods. Students are taught using extensive interactive computer modeling linked to lecture topics.

Elementary Mathematics for Biologists

Students who like to take admission to this course must have GCSE Mathematics. This option includes applicants of fundamental mathematics and statistical techniques with respect to biology. Apart from standard techniques, students shall be introduced to the principles of experimental design and modeling biological systems.

The paper meets the requirements for a mathematical qualification in part first 'A' of the NST, however, does not provide a qualification to study Mathematics in part first 'B'.

Natural Sciences Part First 'B'

Year Second

Generally, students need to choose three of the following subjects in the second year part 'B'.

  • Chemistry A
  • Chemistry B
  • Ecology
  • Animal Biology
  • Geological Sciences A
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Geological Sciences B
  • Mathematics
  • Materials Science
  • Mineral Sciences
  • Pathology
  • Neurobiology
  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physics A
  • Physics B
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Plant and Microbial Sciences
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

It must be noted that all combinations are not possible. However, some subjects build directly upon subjects in part first 'A' such as Philosophy of Science and History. These subjects introduce what are basically new areas. Usually, students choose subjects which reinforce and complement one another and that lead on to at least two possible options in the third year.

There are many universities offering combined courses allowing students to study various branches of science simultaneously. However, Cambridge is the only university that pursues each in thoroughly. The university provides students all facilities and ensures that they get into right position after finishing their education.


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