Part III is a 9 month taught masters course, leading to an MMath degree for those students who are undergraduates at Cambridge, and to an MASt (Master of Advanced Study) for students who join from other universities. As a taught masters course, the main emphasis is on lecture courses, and assessment is almost entirely based on exams, which are taken at the end of the academic year starting in the last week of May. The standard graduation dates for successful candidates are in June and July.
Lecture Courses, Essays and Examinations
The structure of Part III is such that students prepare between six and nine lecture courses for examination. These lecture courses may be freely selected from the wide range offered by both Mathematics Departments. Here is the lecture list. As an alternative to one lecture course, an essay may be submitted. Examinations usually begin in late May, and are scheduled in morning (starting at 9:00am) and afternoon sessions (starting at 1:30pm), over a period of about two weeks. Two or three hours are allocated per paper, depending on the subject.
Links to information on the lecture courses and essays that are being offered during the current or a recent academic year are listed below. Details for subsequent years are expected to be broadly similar, although not identical.
- 2016-17 Notes for new Part III students (Raven password required)
- 2016-17 Part III Handbook (all Part III students will receive a printed copy)
- Guide to Courses (all Part III students receive a copy)
DAMTP Subject Advisor Presentations
- Particle Physics, Quantum Fields and Strings
- Applied and Computational Analysis
- Relativity and Gravitation
Lectures and Example Classes
- Lecture List
- 2016-17 Faculty Guidelines for Part III Examples Classes
- 2016-17 Example Class Summary-to be used with the above Guidelines
- Part III Examples Classes Self-Assessment Form
Some example sheets and lecture notes are available on the departmental websites
Templates for use by lecturers:
- 2016-17 First Progress Interview Form (Michaelmas Term)
- 2016-17 Second Progress Interview Form (Lent Term)
- Past Exam Papers
- 2016-17 Examination Timetable (Final version 13 February 2017)
- 2015-16 Examination Rubrics
- Programme specification 2016-17.
- There is an Unofficial Guide to Part III written by Professor Tom Körner (follow the link for other guides).
- University information for international students.
- Term dates
Opportunities after Part III
We recognise the need for highly trained mathematicians who relish engaging with other sciences and technology. Responding to this need, the Cambridge mathematics departments have developed a full training programme relating mathematics and challenges of science and engineering. As a centrepiece in this programme, the Post Masters Placement scheme provides opportunities for Master's students to get experience outside their field in the summer following their Master's studies.
This is not an official part of Part III, but takes place after students have graduated. Places are limited, and are distributed after an application process.