I attended a Physiology masterclass at Cambridge in year 12, and really enjoyed it. We attended a couple of lectures, which explored topics such as nerve signal transmission beyond the A level syllabus, and it was great to have the opportunity to get some advice on applying to Cambridge. The lecturers were very good at explaining new topics, so even as AS level students we were able to understand some degree level topics!

We also spent a few hours in one of the undergraduate laboratories investigating neurotransmission in the Ulnar nerve, which was really good fun although the electric shocks hurt! This lab session involved the practical experiments followed by analysing the results using their computer software. This enabled us to calculate the speed of nerve transmission through the Ulnar nerve. Apparently this lab was taken directly from one of the first year experiments for the Cambridge Natural Sciences module on Physiology, and so the experience gave us a good idea of what studying at university might be like.
Kate Prescott


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