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What will I learn?

This course, commonly referred to as Part III, is a nine-month taught master's course in mathematics. It is excellent preparation for mathematical research and it is also a valuable course in mathematics and in its applications for those who want further training before taking posts in industry, teaching, or research establishments.

Students admitted from outside Cambridge to Part III study towards the Master of Advanced Study (MASt). Students continuing from the Cambridge Tripos for a fourth-year study towards the Master of Mathematics (MMath). The requirements and course structure for Part III are the same for all students irrespective of whether they are studying for the MASt or MMath degree.

There are around 250 Part III (MASt and MMath) students each year; almost all are in their fourth or fifth year of university studies. Each year the Faculty offers up to 80 lecture courses in Part III, covering an extensive range of pure mathematics, probability, statistics, applied mathematics and theoretical physics. They are designed to cover those advanced parts of the subjects that are not normally covered in a first-degree course, but which are an indispensable preliminary to independent study and research. Students have a wide choice of the combination of courses they take, though naturally, they tend to select groups of cognate courses. Example classes and associated marking of (unassessed) example sheets are provided as complementary support to lectures.

After completing Part III, students will be expected to have:

  • studied advanced material in the mathematical sciences to a level not normally covered in a first degree;
  • further developed the capacity for independent study of mathematics and problem-solving at a higher level; and
  • Undertaken (in most cases) an extended essay normally chosen from a list covering a wide range of topics.

Which department am I in?

Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics

Study options

Full Time (9 months)

Tuition fees
£20,157.00 (US$ 23,013) Overall cost
The above mentioned fee is University Composition Fee. Students also additionally need to pay maintenance fee £11,438 and settling In fee £350.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

1 October 2022

Venue

University of Cambridge

The Old Schools,

Trinity Lane,

Cambridge,

Cambridgeshire,

CB2 1TN, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised university with an overall GPA of at least 3.5/4 GPA 3.5/4; GPA 4.3/5. If the academic requirement of the course is a first then they need to have an overall GPA of at least 3.7/4; GPA 4.6/5.

For international students

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK First class Honours Degree. The minimum requirement is a First class Honours degree or equivalent in mathematics, physics, statistics or another subject with significant advanced mathematical content. Students need an IELTS (Academic) total of 7.0 with Listening, Writing, Speaking score 7.0 and Reading 6.5 and TOEFL score of 100(Listening; Writing; Reading; and Speaking score of each 25).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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