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Courses in the Earth Sciences are taught as part of the Natural Sciences at Cambridge. This means that in first and second year you combine Earth Sciences with other courses from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths, then choose to specialize in the third and fourth years.

Most people apply to Cambridge University through a specific College, but open applications are also possible. Geological teaching is provided centrally by the Department of Earth Sciences, so all colleges are equally suitable for studying the subject (all undergraduate colleges accept applications for Natural Sciences).


For the Earth Sciences course you don't need any previous knowledge of the subject, neither do you have to have done Geology or Geography at school. All we recommend is that you have taken at least two of Physics, Chemistry and Biology to A2 level. Earth Sciences straddles the divide between the physical and biological sides of Natural Sciences, and attracts students from both groups.

Useful links

Visit the University of Cambridge Undergraduate Admissions website for a comprehensive guide to applying to and studying at Cambridge.

Visit the UCAS site

Find out more about Natural Sciences course requirements , including how to apply with Scottish Highers, Advanced Highers and International Baccalaureate.

Request a copy of the University's Prospectus.

Find out more about the Colleges

The colleges handle all admissions to Cambridge and are the people to answer questions on this but if you have questions which specifically relate to studying Earth Sciences here you can send these to