Clare College Cambridge

Natural Sciences


Number of students per year: 25-35
Typical offer: A*A*A or 7,7,6 (42+ overall) in the IB or the equivalent in other educational systems. For Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers - Offers usually require AAA at Advanced Higher Grade; bands may be specified.
Essential subjects: A-level or equivalent in at least two science/ Mathematics based subjects.
Written assessment: All applicants are required to take the pre-interview written assessment for Natural Sciences at an authorised centre local to them (for a lot of applicants, this will be their school/college).


The Cambridge Natural Sciences Course allows students to experience and study a wide variety of scientific fields, from genetic engineering to evolutionary biology, and from nanotachnology to astrophysics. The course is broad and flexible. You start in the first year with three subjects, at least one of which will probably be new to you, and can determine your direction as your interests develop.

In the second year more specialization is possible, with a choice of courses from about twenty options. In the third year, most people concentrate on one subject only. In this year, you become identified with a particular Department. Your work, which may include a research project, brings you into direct contact with working scientists and to the forefront of current understanding in the subject. Field trips are an essential part of some courses, including Ecology and Earth Sciences. A degree can be obtained after three years, but Physics, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, Materials Sciences and Metallurgy, Biochemistry, History and Philosophy of Science, and some other subjects offer an optional fourth year with further specialisation. 

A degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge is an excellent qualification for employment - and not only in the scientific sphere. The University has good contacts with local research institutes, and a number of science-based companies whose establishment in the area has been promoted by the University in recent years. A good proportion of those graduating go on to do a PhD degree and research work in universities and in industry, and some of our graduates go on to careers in law, management, teaching, broadcasting, accountancy, computing, public relations and so on.

 Natural Sciences 2020 entry booklet

Fellows at Clare

Dr Andrew Carter

Biological Natural Sciences


Prof Cathie Clarke

Physical Natural Sciences

Prof Anna Philpott
Cell Biology and Biochemistry

Dr Paul Bristowe
Materials Science

Prof Jonathan Goodman

Prof Neil Greenham

Prof Howard Griffiths
Plant Sciences

Prof Gordon Ogilvie
Mathematics for Natural Sciences

Dr Edgar Turner

Dr Oliver Shorttle

Earth Sciences

Dr Lucy Colwell

Physical Natural Sciences


Prof Tim Lewens 

History and Philosophy of Science



Dr Heike Laman





Clare Chemistry graduates, now working at Harvard




Student Profiles

Lorna Wills, Anna Peel
Recent Graduates:
Ellie Adams, Alex Batchelor, Will ChambersClaire Harwell, Holly Rees  

 Link to University Subject Page