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    Hi, I'm in Year 12, am currently debating the course I should apply for, and would be interested in hearing from anyone who is doing/has done Maths with Physics (in the first year), or generally Maths or NatSci, at Cambridge (although any help - including insight from any other universities - would be appreciated). I'm probably going to apply for this course with an interest in pursuing theoretical physics eventually, but would like to know whether one would be disadvantaged as a physicist by taking maths at undergraduate level.

    I've gleaned the impression that for theoretical physics especially maths is the degree to take now, but want to know about what studying maths is really like from a physics perspective: does one not gain any practical insight at all, or is one considerably less knowledgeable about some physics than those studying NatSci? If I also decide to pursue some other physics in any way after undergraduate level, in whatever way, will it be OK to have done maths instead of physics? More fundamentally, how much physics is there really in a maths degree? I'm probably more interested in physics or applied maths than pure maths, and although I've had a look at the content and seen a lot of applied maths, I'm interested in word-of-mouth appraisal of how physical the course is.

    In addition, finally, if I get to study Maths with Physics in the first year, how much extra work would you say is required to adapt to either Maths or (hypothetically) NatSci from the second year onward?

    Many thanks for any help/insight!
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    Hi, I'm in Year 12, am currently debating the course I should apply for, and would be interested in hearing from anyone who is doing/has done Maths with Physics (in the first year), or generally Maths or NatSci, at Cambridge (although any help - including insight from any other universities - would be appreciated). I'm probably going to apply for this course with an interest in pursuing theoretical physics eventually, but would like to know whether one would be disadvantaged as a physicist by taking maths at undergraduate level.

    I've gleaned the impression that for theoretical physics especially maths is the degree to take now, but want to know about what studying maths is really like from a physics perspective: does one not gain any practical insight at all, or is one considerably less knowledgeable about some physics than those studying NatSci? If I also decide to pursue some other physics in any way after undergraduate level, in whatever way, will it be OK to have done maths instead of physics? More fundamentally, how much physics is there really in a maths degree? I'm probably more interested in physics or applied maths than pure maths, and although I've had a look at the content and seen a lot of applied maths, I'm interested in word-of-mouth appraisal of how physical the course is.

    In addition, finally, if I get to study Maths with Physics in the first year, how much extra work would you say is required to adapt to either Maths or (hypothetically) NatSci from the second year onward?

    Many thanks for any help/insight!

    Hey,

    Sorry to see you have not had a response to this

    Although the thread has not been active for some time, posts like this:
    https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...0#post71134656

    May help.

    Wish you luck with your choice, although I don't know much about it I'm sure it'll work out in the end whichever route you take as long as you work hard where necessary:
 
 
 
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