Cambridge only give out arts degrees even for science subjects

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anony.mouse
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To cut a long story short, we were having a chemistry presentation the other day. A bit came up about different qualifications and one of them was BA/MA which confused people. Then someone said it's because cambridge only give out Arts degrees.


Even if you do a science degree, they still give you a BA/ MA in it! Is this true?

And why?And is it just Cambridge?
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anony.mouse
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I did try googling this, but nothing came up . . .
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I googled "Cambridge BA only" just now, and the first result had the answer.


EDIT: The 4th result did as well.

Learn to google.
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(Original post by >Untitled<)
It's probably because the presenter had a BA/MA in something not because they studied Chemistry at Cambridge then they decided to give them an arts degree.

source: http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergrad...urses/chemeng/

But they do give out arts degrees for some subjects such as NatSci :

http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergrad...ourses/natsci/

So I don't know :dontknow:
No it asn't the presenter who had it. It came up as one of the slides that you can get a BA/MA in chemistry, but it didn't explain how/why. Then someone said that they thought it was about cambridge as they only give out arts degrees.

(Original post by NW86)
I googled "Cambridge BA only" just now, and the first result had the answer.


EDIT: The 4th result did as well.

Learn to google.
I googled 'why cambridge only have arts degrees' . . . and i couldn't see anything of use.
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Cambridge undergraduate degrees are BA, regardless of subject (there may be exceptions for some subjects and longer courses but I don't know). As far as I can tell this is only an old silly tradition (like having "May Week" in June) and doesn't have anything to do with the content of the course.
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http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/camdata/tripos.html
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Ta, how perculiar that your certificate just says you've got a BA . . .
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It's just one of many silly little things Oxbridge do to try and remain distinct from the other "lesser" unis.
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(Original post by DirtyRotten)
It's just one of many silly little things Oxbridge do to try and remain distinct from the other "lesser" unis.
Is this one of the silly little things TSR users say to maintain a level of inverse snobbery?
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(Original post by DirtyRotten)
It's just one of many silly little things Oxbridge do to try and remain distinct from the other "lesser" unis.
Nope actually. It goes back to the medieval where science was consider one of the seven arts because the word 'art' came from the French for 'skill'. It wasn't till later when different types of art were distinguished (fine and applied) and science became more predominate that they split. Probably more along the lines just trying to stick with tradition.
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Agree with writeaholic. The rest of the world has made an artificial barrier between art and science. Great artists are scientific and great scientists are artistic. Science is one of the great historical arts. That is why some of the older traditional universities only give arts degrees. It is not a silly tradition. It is based in classical and ancient knowledge. You are talking about some of the best universities in the world with immense intellectual history and suggesting what they do is wrong. Conflict of interest statement. I have a Cambridge MA
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(Original post by Possum2018)
Agree with writeaholic. The rest of the world has made an artificial barrier between art and science. Great artists are scientific and great scientists are artistic. Science is one of the great historical arts. That is why some of the older traditional universities only give arts degrees. It is not a silly tradition. It is based in classical and ancient knowledge. You are talking about some of the best universities in the world with immense intellectual history and suggesting what they do is wrong. Conflict of interest statement. I have a Cambridge MA
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