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    I'm trying to decide whether Oxford or Cambridge is better for studying a combination of Mathematics and Physics.
    My IB grades from Year 12 areHL: Math 7, Eng A 7, Chem 6, Phys 6SL: French B 7, Psychology 7
    Also, are my grades even good enough to qualify for either university? Do they look at predicted grades as well? I'm almost certain my chemistry and physics predicted grades would be 7.
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    I am also doing IB!

    I would recommend you Oxford (I am biased )

    You are qualified for both Unis.
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    No idea what those grades mean but Cambridge has a Maths with Physics option in the first year, you would need to do STEP however.
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    Oxford!
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    You should be able to make a competitive application to either university. Predicted grades are one factor but not the most important – performance at interview and in pre-interview tests (if applicable, e.g. the MAT or PAT at Oxford for maths or physics respectively) is the most important factor.

    As for which university you should apply to for a good ground in Maths + Physics – well, both universities would set you up well. As alow said, Cambridge has the first year Maths + Physics course, which would help you to decide early on which route you want to go down. Then there's Part III of the Maths tripos if you're still serious about combining the two later on in your undergraduate studies.

    At Oxford, you would have to apply for either maths or physics – but if you applied for physics, you wouldn't have to study other sciences that you might not be interested in (which you would have to do if you went along the Cambridge NatSci route). Then in fourth year you can take the MMathPhys, which sounds ideal for you at the moment. But of course, four years is a long time and your interests can change a lot.

    In general, I'm increasingly inclined to encourage people to go down the Cambridge Nat Sci route, rather than picking a single science to focus on from the start at Oxford. Leave your options a bit more open while still getting a perfectly good grounding in your preferred science. You could even switch to chemistry if you find that's what interests you at degree level. I suspect the workload is higher at Cambridge because of this, though (e.g. Cambridge Natscis have Saturday lectures, which aren't a thing in Oxford). This advice is probably coloured somewhat by my own experiences, where I found that the lack of flexibility in Oxford's chemistry course really didn't work well for me; I don't know how much freedom there is in Oxford Physics.

    But, yes, think about the following:
    1. Specialise early with Oxford physics;
    2. Cambridge has more scope for change, as Maths + Phys first year lets you choose which route to take for it, while Nat Sci would let you take a different path altogether;
    3. Both universities have excellent fourth year options for serious Maths + Physics students, in Cambridge's Maths Part III and Oxford's MMathPhys.
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    What aspect of maths do you like? Do you like proofs?

    Just because I think some people have a tendency to underestimate just how mathematical a university physics degree is!
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    (Original post by katerinas)
    I'm trying to decide whether Oxford or Cambridge is better for studying a combination of Mathematics and Physics.
    My IB grades from Year 12 areHL: Math 7, Eng A 7, Chem 6, Phys 6SL: French B 7, Psychology 7
    Also, are my grades even good enough to qualify for either university? Do they look at predicted grades as well? I'm almost certain my chemistry and physics predicted grades would be 7.
    Hi Katerinas,

    When it comes to applications both universities look at your past results, your predicted grades and the result to any Admissions Test you need to take.
    In order to make your choice between Oxford and Cambridge you might want to read this blog which compares and contrasts the 2 Unis for studying Sciences.

    Hope this helps, and don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

    UniAdmissions
 
 
 
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