Just a query about natural sciences at cambridge?

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I was wondering if I want to do medicinal chemistry at cambridge, should I just apply for the natural sciences course? or is there a specific course I should apply to in cambridge?
I know some people would be getting their offers now, so good luck! and thanks in advance
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I was wondering if I want to do medicinal chemistry at cambridge, should I just apply for the natural sciences course? or is there a specific course I should apply to in cambridge?
I know some people would be getting their offers now, so good luck! and thanks in advance
I suggest you research the courses starting here:
http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/
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I was wondering if I want to do medicinal chemistry at cambridge, should I just apply for the natural sciences course? or is there a specific course I should apply to in cambridge?
I know some people would be getting their offers now, so good luck! and thanks in advance
Assuming you'd be applying as an undergraduate - yes! You'd pick three experimental sciences and a Maths option in first year, and then other options later on. I don't know how much specifically Medicinal Chemistry you'd get to do; the Natural Sciences course starts off very broad and gets more specialised Look at the link Colmans posted, and if you'd be happy doing other things first, then definitely apply. You have to pick Biological / Physical sciences to interview as (although you can change this later). If you're doing Chemistry / Physics / Further Maths, you should probably apply for Physical, if you've got Chemistry / Biology / no Further Maths, Biological might be better
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Medicinal chemistry is limited to one dedicated module in 4th year and a few biological (think enzyme/nucleic acid chemistry) in 3rd/4th year. It is very much a general chemistry course.
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I suggest you research the courses starting here:
http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/
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Assuming you'd be applying as an undergraduate - yes! You'd pick three experimental sciences and a Maths option in first year, and then other options later on. I don't know how much specifically Medicinal Chemistry you'd get to do; the Natural Sciences course starts off very broad and gets more specialised Look at the link Colmans posted, and if you'd be happy doing other things first, then definitely apply. You have to pick Biological / Physical sciences to interview as (although you can change this later). If you're doing Chemistry / Physics / Further Maths, you should probably apply for Physical, if you've got Chemistry / Biology / no Further Maths, Biological might be better
Thanks that cleared up a lot of issues
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Medicinal chemistry is limited to one dedicated module in 4th year and a few biological (think enzyme/nucleic acid chemistry) in 3rd/4th year. It is very much a general chemistry course.
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Beware, it's extremely competitive and VERY tough, especially first year
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Beware, it's extremely competitive and VERY tough, especially first year
But the question is, is it as competitive as medicine?
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But the question is, is it as competitive as medicine?
Maybe not, but it's better A lot of the time, medicine becomes a lot of memorising and not so much proper mind boggling, brain requiring, hair falling out science. However, Cambridge do know this, so you'll find the Biological NatSci course to be really similar to the Medicine course
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Maybe not, but it's better A lot of the time, medicine becomes a lot of memorising and not so much proper mind boggling, brain requiring, hair falling out science. However, Cambridge do know this, so you'll find the Biological NatSci course to be really similar to the Medicine course
Medicinal chemistry is nothing like medicine. Not in the slightest.
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Medicinal chemistry is nothing like medicine. Not in the slightest.
The question asked about Medicine not Medicinal Chemistry
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The question asked about Medicine not Medicinal Chemistry
Read the op.
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Read the op.
Read what I quoted :P
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Read what I quoted :P
He was asking in terms of competitivity, not asking about the course.
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He was asking in terms of competitivity, not asking about the course.
Fair, fair
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I was wondering if I want to do medicinal chemistry at cambridge, should I just apply for the natural sciences course? or is there a specific course I should apply to in cambridge?
I know some people would be getting their offers now, so good luck! and thanks in advance
If you specifically wish to do chemistry, you may want to look at the dark blue alternative.

Cambridge's course is a genuine natural sciences course not, at least at the beginning, purely a chemistry course. If you are not really interested in the non-chemistry elements of the course, that is a lot of hard work you are not interested in. Oxofrd does offer a course in nothing other than chemistry (obviously with enough maths to be able to count the test tubes) and this is one of Oxford's least competitive courses for entry.
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