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Choosing your Major Subject

Application for the Major Subject is part of the Part II Allocations Procedure. The  application needs to completed by the second week of the Easter term. Some departments ask for additional information - check the Allocations Procedure website. Those who want to study BBS should apply for the "BBS only" option if it is their first choice. Places will be allocated after the exams, and students should know if they have a place before the summer vacation.

On this page you will find information to help you choose your Major Subject:

Departments offering BBS Major Subjects

Click on the tiles below to access the respective departmental webpages relating to the Major Subjects on offer.

Major Subjects Course Format

Subject

Course format

Modules offered
Pathology (402-407 and 424-426)

Choose 2 Modules out of 5

Module A Cancer and Genetic Diseases
Module B Immunology
Module C Microbiology and Parasitology
Module D Virology
Module E Dynamics of Infectious Diseases

Pharmacology (408)

(Maximum 15 candidates)

Same lectures as the single subject, divided into two sections.

Systems Pharmacology

Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology

Psychology (409)

(Maximum 40 candidates)

Students must have taken MVST Part IB or NST Part IB Experimental Psychology to take this Major Subject.

Same lectures as the single subject Paper 1: General Courses
Paper 2: Cognitive and Experimental Psychology
Paper 3: Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience
Paper 4: Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Individual Differences

Biochemistry (411)

(Maximum 7 candidates)

The course is grouped into four 24 lecture modules, one of which has a branched structure to provide internal choice Module A: Structural and Chemical Biology
Module B: From Genome to Proteome
Module C: Stem - The Dynamic Cell
plus either:
Branch 1 - Bioenergy OR
Branch 2 - Molecular Microbiology of Infectious Disease
Module D: Cell Cycle, Signalling and Cancer
Plant Sciences - Cellular (412) Four modules from the single subject PLM1 Plant Signalling Networks
PLM2 Microbes: Evolution, Genomes and Lifestyle
PLL1 Plant Genomes and Synthetic Biology
PLL3 Exploiting Plant Metabolism
Plant Sciences - Ecological (413) Four modules from Plant Sciences and Zoology PLM3 Evolution and Ecosystem Dynamics
Zoology ZM2 Conservation Science
PLL2 Responses to Global Change
Zoology ZL4 Applied Ecology

Genetics (414)

(Maximum 10 candidates)

Four modules from the single subject Module 1 Genomes, Chromosomes and the Cell Cycle
Module 2 Human Genetics, Genomics and System Biology
Module 3 Developmental Genetics
Module 4 Evolutionary Genetics and Adaptation

Physiology, Development and Neuroscience (415)

(Maximum 22 candidates)

Choose any four modules from the list

Michaelmas:
N1 Developmental Neurobiology
N2 Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
N4 Sensory Transduction
N7 Neural Circuits and Behaviour
P1 Cellular Physiology
P3 Fetal & Placental Physiology
P4 Development: Patterning the Embryo
P9 Cell Assembly and Interactions
Lent:
N5 Neural Degeneration and Regeneration
N6 Central Mechanisms of Reward, Punishment and Emotion
N9 Neuronal Plasticity, Modulation and Behaviour
P2 Development and Stem Cells
P6 Development: Cell Differentiation & Organogenesis
P7 Pathophysiology of Cancer
P8 Systems and Clinical Physiology

Zoology (427)

(Maximum 30 candidates)

2 Modules in Michaelmas and 2 Modules in Lent Michaelmas modules:
Module ZM1: Vertebrate Evolution
Module ZM2: Conservation Science
Module ZM4: Neuroethology: The Neural Basis of Adaptive Behaviour
Module ZM5: Evolution and Behaviour: Genes and Individuals
Module ZM6: Cell Assembly and Interactions
Module ZM7: From Genome to Proteome
Module ZM8: Development: Patterning the Embryo
Plant Sciences M3: Evolution and Ecosystem Dynamics

Lent Modules:
Module ZL2: Responses to Global Change
Module ZL3: Evolution and Behaviour: Populations and Societies
Module ZL4: Applied Ecology
Module ZL5: Evolutionary Genetics and Adaptation
Module ZL6: Development: Cell Differentiation and  Organogenesis
Module ZL7: Cell Cycle, Signalling and Cancer

Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour (428) Choose any four modules from more than 10 modules offered by Psychology, PDN and Zoology N2 Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience (PDN)
N5 Neural Degeneration and Regeneration (PDN)
N6 Central Mechanisms of Reward, Punishment and Emotion (PDN)
N7 Neural Circuits and Behaviour
N9 Neuronal Plasticity, Modulation and Behaviour (PDN)
PS1 Emotional Regulation and Motivation (Psychology)
PS2 Memory (Psychology)
ZL3 Evolution and Behaviour: Populations and Societies (Zoology)
ZM4: Neuroethology: The Neural Basis of Adaptive Behaviour (Zoology)
ZM5 Evolution and Behaviour: Genes and Individuals (Zoology)

Human Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour (429)

 

Two modules from B2, B3 and B4, and two optional modules among B11-B18

B2: Human Ecology and Behaviour
B3: Human Evolution
B4: Comparative Human Biology
B11: The Human Species: Evolution, Dispersals and Diversity
B12: The Inner Ape: Hominin Origins and Evolution
B13: Evolution, Medicine and Public Health: New Perspectives on Health and Disease
B14: A Technologically Dependant Lineage
B15: Human Sociality: Evolutionary Perspectives on Cooperation, Culture and Cognition
B16: Genomes: Ancient, Modern and Mixed
B17: Our Extended Family: Primate Biology and Behaviour
B18: Decoding the Skeleton

 

History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine (430)

(Maximum 12 candidates)

New to 2020-2021

Unfortunately, this major subject will no longer be running in 2021-2021

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Major Subjects Contact Details

Course code

Course

Course Organiser

Teaching administrator

Email address

402-407, 424-426

Pathology

Dr Nick Holmes

Isabel Starkey

teach@path.cam.ac.uk

408

Pharmacology

Dr Matthew Harper

 N/A

mth29@cam.ac.uk

409

Psychology

Mirjana Bozic

Richard Sellens

teaching@psychol.cam.ac.uk

411

Biochemistry

Dr Darerca Owen

Christine Thulborn

examtchg@bioc.cam.ac.uk

412-413

Plant Sciences

Dr Ian Henderson

Rhyanna Halasovski

414

Genetics

Dr Christine Farr

Amy Glover

undergrad.admin@gen.cam.ac.uk

415

Physiology, Development & Neuroscience (PDN)

Drs Hannah Clarke and Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri

Linda Silvestri

part2-admin@pdn.cam.ac.uk

427

Zoology

Prof. Andrew Balmford

George Rutherford

teaching@zoo.cam.ac.uk

428

Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour

Dr David Belin (Psychology)

Richard Sellens

teaching@psychol.cam.ac.uk

429

Human Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour

Prof. Marta Mirazon Lahr

James Walpole

jw2078@cam.ac.uk

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