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Exam timetable

The examination timetable will be made available here in Easter term 2019. The 2018 timetable can be accessed here.

Exam rubrics

Exam rubrics for the 2019 examinations will be made available here in Easter term 2019.  The 2018 rubrics can be accessed here, or see the full papers below.

Past exam papers

All papers are copyright by the University of Cambridge and may not be reproduced without permission.

The papers are stored as PDF files. The PDF files can be viewed and printed using the Adobe Acrobat viewer. This program is available free of charge from the Adobe web site.

Papers are available for past years from 2001. Click on the links below to select the year you wish to view:

Essay

As part of the Master of Mathematics / Master of Advanced Study, candidates may choose to offer an essay. This will count for 3 units, or about a sixth of the course. There is no prescribed length for an essay, but the general opinion seems to be that 5,000 to 8,000 words is a natural length. The essay does not have to be original in content.

Each year members of the Faculty propose suitable topics; links to those for the most recent submissions are provided below (subsequent years are expected to be broadly similar, although not identical). Students are also free to propose their own topic (subject to confirmation by the Faculty Board of Mathematics). Note that if an essay is written on a particular topic in a given year then that exact topic can not be set in the next year.

A list of extra topics is generally offered during Lent Term, on the same basis and terms as any on the initial list (listed as "Additional Essay Topics").

The primary requirement on the presentation of Part III essays is that they are legible. Hand-written essays are acceptable (if legible), but you may prefer to use the text formatting software which is available on the University PWF network.