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Natural Science - A Broad Curriculum

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Students in the third year Natural Science may not wish to specialize in a single subject. With the help of this option, students can maintain a width of study by putting together elements from the different biological subjects. A written dissertation puts back the practical laboratory based research project. This route is suitable for those who wish to pursue career paths outside scientific research. It is also suitable for Veterinary and Medicine students who do not wish to take a single science subject at part second.

Physical Sciences

This course helps students to continue their studies in a selected discipline and pick up or retain another subject. Students specially take half of one of the part second subjects in physical sciences like Geological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics and Materials Science alongside a second subject.

Specialist Subjects


The Institute of Astronomy offers an Astrophysics subject. The institute stems from the union of the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy established in the 1970 by Sir Fred Hoyle and the Cambridge Observatories. Sir Arthur Eddington was a well-known director. The Institute is one of the major groups of research astronomers in the world. The option is purposed for students who have completed the first two years of Mathematics or the part first 'B' subjects Mathematics in the NST and Physics B. Students do not require to have any prior knowledge of astrophysics or astronomy. The part second Astrophysics explains with a wide range of topics in contemporary astrophysics comprising:

  • Statistical physics
  • Stellar dynamics
  • Relativity theory
  • Physical cosmology
  • The structure of galaxies
  • Astrophysical fluid dynamics
  • The structure and evolution of stars

Additionally, students shall have the opportunity to unfold one topical issue in present astronomy in depth in the form of an expanded essay. Present essay topics may include:

  • The evidence for black holes
  • The formation of planets
  • The use of gravitational lensing to map the dark Universe

Students may also offer computational projects for exam in place of an essay. Students may graduate after pursuing part second Astrophysics or may be able to proceed to the more specialized part third astrophysics in the fourth year. Apart from covering the topics mentioned above, third-year students plan to continue to part third shall typically complete computing projects. In the forth year, students may choose from a wide range of astrophysics options offered in part third of Mathematics and a some papers offered by the Department of Physics that take them to the front position of research.

There is also a considerable research project that gives students the opportunity to take on original research under the close supervision of staff at the institute of Astronomy. Students shall have access to data obtained from state-of-the-art instruments such as the European Southern Observatory's and the Hubble Space Telescope. Students are advised to visit the university website for more information.

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