Faculty Open Day Information - Undergraduate Mathematical Tripos


Each year, the Faculty of Mathematics holds two dedicated open days for prospective applicants, The next Faculty open days are in 2016, on the afternoons of Saturday 26 April and Saturday 7 May. The programme will be similar to that of the 2015 Faculty open days, given below.

You can also find out about mathematics in Cambridge at the University Open Days on to be confirmed dates in  July 2016, when there will be mathematics course presentations and information stands, as well as an opportunity to visit the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. The bookings for the University Open Days in July 2015 will open in April 2015.

The programme for events in the Centre for Mathematical Sciences for the University Open Days is:

  • 13:30-14:15, 15:10-15:55: Mathematics talk followed by an opportunity to ask questions
  • 12:40-13:25, 14:25-15:05, 16:00-16:45: Course information summary followed by drop in sessions with academic members of staff and students (come and ask questions!)

There will  be an information stand from 10:00 - 16:00 at a marquee on the Sidgwick Site, which is within easy walking distance from the Centre for Mathematical Sciences.

You can find maps and transport arrangements on pages 10-18 in the 2014 University Open Day Programme available at:


Programme for Faculty open days (for 26 April and 7 May 2016, please note both days have same format). 

Please see leaflet with information about all the activities organised by the Faculty, and a map showing the route between Sidgwick Site and the Centre for Mathematical Sciences.

Many colleges hold Open Days (usually special Mathematics Open Days) on the same days as the Faculty Open Days. The idea is that students visit a college in the morning and then attend the Faculty Open Day in the afternoon. Most colleges choose one or other of the two days for their Open Day; details for 2016 are given below.

The Faculty Open Day consists of short lectures intended to give sixth formers an idea of what it is like to study mathematics at a high level.

  • On Saturday 26th April, talks start either at 2.15pm in the Lady Mitchell Hall on the Sidgwick Site and finish at about 4.25pm, or at 2.30pm in the Little Hall also on the Sidgwick site and finish at about 4.40pm.
  • On Saturday 7th May, talks will take the same format as on Saturday 26 April.

Programmes for both days are available via link above, and on both days staff will be available to take individual questions after the talks have finished.

If you wish to attend a Faculty Open Day, you should arrange to visit a College from the list below in the morning by contacting the College Admissions Office directly. You should tell the College that you intend to attend the Faculty Open Day in the afternoon. The College will supply you with further details of the arrangements for the Faculty Open Day, and will give you all the Mathematics Faculty course leaflets, when you arrive.

Please note that the Sidgwick Site is on Sidgwick Avenue; unfortunately parking will not be available there because of other University events taking place on the same day.

The Centre for Mathematical Sciences

Although the Faculty Open Day talks are not held in the Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS) on Clarkson/Wilberforce roads (because there is no lecture theatre large enough) the CMS will be open to visitors from 9.30 - 11.00 and again from 4.30 - 6.00. There is no parking at the CMS, but it is only about 15 minutes walk from the town centre and there are bus stops nearby (Citi 4 route at weekends).


A University of Cambridge Map is available. The Sidgwick Site is towards the bottom, slightly to the left of centre, while the CMS is top left.

Special College Mathematics Open Days (2016)

Colleges hold general Open Days throughout the year, and prospective Mathematics applicants are welcome to most of these Open Days. However, there are special College Mathematics Open Days on the same days as the Faculty Open Days. In the following list of Colleges  a symbol (1, 2, B or 0) precedes the name of each college:

  • 1 or 2 means that the college is having a special Mathematics Open Day on the morning of the first or second of the Faculty Open Days respectively;
  • B means college is participating on both days;
  • 0 means that the college is not holding an Open Day on either of these mornings.

For each entry the first link is to the College page in the University Prospectus, while the second link is either a College specific email or College specific web page that you can use to book a College Open Day.

College Phone (01223) Email/ link
1 Christ's  334953 www.christs.cam.ac.uk/content/mathematics-open-day-booking-form-0
2 Churchill  336248 www.chu.cam.ac.uk/study-us/undergraduates/open-days/
2 Clare 333246 www.clare.cam.ac.uk/Open-Days/
1 Corpus Christi  338056 www.corpus.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/open-days/
Downing  334826 admissions@dow.cam.ac.uk
1 Emmanuel 334290 admissions@emma.cam.ac.uk
Fitzwilliam 332030 slo@fitz.cam.ac.uk
2 Girton College 338910 www.girton.cam.ac.uk/undergraduates/visiting-girton/open-days
Gonville & Caius  332413 admissions@cai.cam.ac.uk / www.cai.cam.ac.uk/open-days
2 Homerton 747252 admissions@homerton.cam.ac.uk  PLEASE NOTE HOMERTON NO LONGER INVOLVED
Jesus 339455 undergraduate-admissions@jesus.cam.ac.uk
King's 331417 www.kings.cam.ac.uk/study/open-days.html#2015
2 Lucy Cavendish* 330280 admissions@lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk
Magdalene 332135 admissions@magd.cam.ac.uk
Murray Edwards  769020 www.murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/events/opendays/
1 Newnham 335783 www.newn.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/open-days/content/year-12-mathematics-open-day-booking-form
2 Pembroke 338154 www.pem.cam.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduates/open-days/
1 Peterhouse 338223 admissions@pet.cam.ac.uk
2 Queens' 335540 www.queens.cam.ac.uk/apply-to-queens/undergraduates/open-days
1 Robinson 339143 apply@robinson.cam.ac.uk
1 St Catharine's 338319 undergraduate.admissions@caths.cam.ac.uk
St John's 338703 www.joh.cam.ac.uk/maths-open-day-2015
2 Selwyn 335896 admissions@sel.cam.ac.uk
B Sidney Sussex 338872 admissions@sid.cam.ac.uk
Trinity 338422 www.trin.cam.ac.uk/content/open-days
Trinity Hall 332535 www.trinhall.cam.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduates/visit/

* Lucy Cavendish College only accepts women applicants who will be 21 or over at entry

As indicated above, if you wish to attend a Faculty Open Day, you should arrange to visit a College from the above list in the morning, by contacting the College Admissions Office directly. You should tell the College that you intend to attend the Faculty Open Day in the afternoon.

Note that it is extremely unlikely that accommodation will be available in Colleges (since the Open Day is in the middle of term). Visitor information, including information about accommodation, is available from Visit Cambridge (contact details here).


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