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Course Information

Part III is a 9 month taught masters course in mathematics.  It is an 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 over 200 Part III (MASt and MMath) students each year; almost all are in their fourth or fifth year of university studies. There are normally about 80 courses, 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 that they offer, 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.

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.

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.

Is Part III the right course for you?

Part III is intended for advanced students with a high level of self-motivation and the capacity for independent study. To give you an idea of the nature of Part III, please look here.

How to prepare for Part III

Part III is an intensive and demanding course, and we strongly encourage all students to prepare over the summer to give them the best possible start when they arrive. Some advice about required prerequisites can be found here.

Postgraduate Open Day 2017

The Faculty will be involved in the University's Postgraduate Open Day on 3rd November 2017.  Click here for further information and a timetable.


Applications

Students from within Cambridge take Part III as their fourth year and obtain a BA/MMath. Students from outside Cambridge, including past Cambridge graduates) take it as a one year course and obtain the MASt (Master of Advanced Study) degree in Mathematics.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.  The Faculty would particularly welcome applications from women, since women are, and have historically been, underrepresented in our student cohorts.

Academic Entrance Requirements

The MASt/MMath is a mathematically challenging and intensive course for well-qualified students with a high level of independence and self motivation. The minimum entry requirement for non-Cambridge graduates is normally a UK first class honours degree in mathematics, physics, engineering, or statistics, or an equivalent qualification. If you are currently studying at a non-UK institution you can use the University International Qualifications Directory to look up international equivalencies. Candidates from within Cambridge should see here.

Applications: MMath

Applications: MASt

  • Applications to the MASt are made online via the University Applicant Portal.  Details of the procedure and required supporting documentation is available from the University Graduate Admissions website.
  • The course deadline for applications, including supporting documents and references, is 12:00pm (midday) UK time on 15 March.  However, if you wish to be considered for funding as part of the University Graduate Funding Competition, you must apply by the relevant (earlier) deadline.
  • For admissions purposes only the MASt is divided into three pathways.  Once here, successful applicants are free to register with either department and are free to choose courses from any area of Mathematics. Applicants should apply to the pathway which best fits their academic background and interests.  The pathways are:
  • You may also state a preference for a given college, see also the Graduate Union Alternative Prospectus.

Please note that although the Applicant Portal may allow you to submit an application without the required transcript(s) or references, any outstanding documents must be submitted by the relevant deadline for your application to be considered.  The Department will not consider applications without the required supporting documents and references.  Incomplete applications will not be considered once the course deadline has passed. In our experience the majority of incomplete applications have outstanding references.  You are therefore strongly advised to check the Applicant Portal to ensure that your referees have uploaded your references by the relevant deadline.


Funding for the MASt

The Mathematics Faculty has no scholarship funds under its own direct control for the MASt and, moreover, there is no Reseach Council funding available for the MASt.  However, each year well over 100 students are successful in arranging their funding for the MASt. Details of funding available depend on individual circumstances. Further information about funding opportunities are available from:

The Faculty aims to implement good practice that benefits all, men and women, equally and has a solid foundation of policies and practices to eliminate gender bias and promote an inclusive culture. The Faculty holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award for promoting women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine and supports the aims of the Charter Scheme and the LMS Good Practice Scheme in seeking to advance women's careers in the mathematical sciences.   The Faculty strongly encourages female applications to the MASt and wishes to draw the attention of female mathematicians to the following opportunities:

Sheila Edmonds Bursaries

Newnham College in collaboration with the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (DPMMS) offers up to three Sheila Edmonds Bursaries for women taking Part III in DPMMS.  Female applicants who wish to be considered for a Sheila Edmonds Bursary should give Newnham college as their first choice of College on their online application and should apply for the MASt in Pure Mathematics (MASP) or the MASt in Mathematical Statistics (MASS).  They should also email partiii-admissions@maths.cam.ac.uk and graduate.admissions@newnham.cam.ac.uk to inform both the Department and the College of their interest in the bursary.

London School of Geometry and Number Theory deferred studentship

Female applicants to the MASt who are also interested in going on to a PhD in the areas of Geometry and Number Theory may also wish to consider applying for the Women in Geometry and Number Theory scheme at the London School of Geometry and Number Theory (LSGNT).  This is a deferred studentship, available to women who are considering the one year MASt in Cambridge and a PhD in Geometry and Number Theory.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply simultaneously both to Cambridge and to the LSGNT, and to let Cambridge (partiii-admissions@maths.cam.ac.uk) know that they wish to be considered for the joint LSGNT/Part III/Newnham scheme. LSGNT plan to offer a deferred studentship to one to two women applicants who take up a place in Part III, likely in conjunction with the Sheila Edmonds Bursary (see above).

Trinity Studentship in Mathematics

The Trinity Studentship in Mathematics is a one-year studentship intended for students who wish to undertake research in Mathematics at the University of Cambridge but who are required by the Faculty of Mathematics to take, in the first instance, the course leading to the Master of Advanced Study (MASt). On completion of the MASt, the student will be eligible to apply for a Trinity Internal Graduate Studentship at Trinity College in order to undertake the PhD degree.

Course Costs

For the MASt, the Graduate Admissions Office gives information on estimated fees and costs.


Further Information

Contact

If you require further information please contact the Faculty of Mathematics Graduate Office at partiii-admissions@maths.cam.ac.uk.