The other day, whilst I looked over my epic two years worth of applications. I came across a document from Cambridge Natural Sciences in which they claimed that with their degree, you would end up with a Physics degree as good as any other university, because they take in the best and work them really hard. Is that still true compared to Oxford (which similarly for better or for worse, work you like dogs)
Would any of you who are in the middle towards the end of your courses at either universities and have friends contacts at the other institution, be able to compare whether someone at Oxford does more/deeper physics than someone doing NatSci who eds up with a Physics degree from Cambridge?
would be good to hear any thoughts if anyone has any. It seems unlikely to me, that someone spending the first year or two really broadly studying science is going to have as deep an insight into physics as someone spending the entire 4 year course powering through the material.
natsci physics is hardcore. you need to be very good at maths.
there is something a bit spooky about oxford physics
my school has sent about 20 people there in the last 5 years and at least 3 of them left the course suffering either failure of some kind of breakdown
i thought it was anecdotal...
then i went to the unistats website and found that the 6% of students leave in the first year as opposed to just 1% for Physical Natural Sciences - so may be there is some weight to this spookyness after all!
I dont think this is because the course is harder, because the physical natural sciences course actually has slightly more demanding entrance requirements - perhaps there is, dare i say, poor pastoral care?
I don't know, I would love someone to clear this up...
I know they've rearranged the course this year... and no, by the looks of it we won't do thermodynamics in Physics lectures (done 4/5 courses so far - Kinetics, Oscillating Systems, Waves and Optics, Relativity and Rotational motion with fields coming in the first half of Easter term.)
We have done a short (2 week) course on thermodynamics in Chemistry, but very chemically based and not particularly rigorous mathematics-wise.
I've read somewhere that physics through NatSci route is more mathematically orientated due to Maths lectures' being given by the DAMP. Is Oxford physics less rigorous mathematically?