Science students in Cambridge read for the Natural Sciences Tripos, which covers all the Physical and Biological Sciences, but is separate from Medicine, Engineering, and Mathematics.
In the first year (Part IA), undergraduates will typically divide their time between three experimental sciences and mathematics (about 400 students take physics). In the second year (Part IB) and third years (Part II) about 150 physicists concentrate solely on physics and mathematics and they can graduate at this point with a BA degree. Most of our students (around 120) choose to continue to a fourth year (Part III) where they take a range of masters level courses in physics and related disciplines, do an advanced project, and graduate with an MSci degree.
The teaching term is short and intense (three terms of eight weeks) and in the first three years most of the assessment is by end of year examination. Since we do not teach pre-meds or engineers, almost all of our teaching is to students who are excited by the subject.