skip to content

Postgraduate Study in Mathematics


Both DAMTP and DPMMS are committed to the welfare of students, and to helping them get the most out of their time here. In most circumstances your supervisor or advisor will be your first port of call if you encounter problems or difficulties during your studies.  In addition, or instead, you may wish to consult with your adviser or college tutor dependent upon the nature of the problem.  If, however, you encounter problems during the course of your studies that can not be resolved through discussion with these individuals, there are other avenues open to you.

Academic Officers

The Departments both have designated academic staff who are are available to offer help and guidance to research students.  They are:

Director of Graduate Education (DAMTP): Professor Natalia Berloff
Research Student Advisor (DAMTP): Professor Nick Dorey
Director of Graduate Education (DPMMS): Dr Tom Fisher
Graduate Welfare Advisors (DPMMS): Professor Ivan Smith and Dr Holly Krieger

Faculty Graduate Office

The Faculty Graduate Office (GO) provides a shared administrative service for both Mathematics Departments. It is located in C0.15, just by the Pavilion C common room.  Your programme administrator and/or the office manager can provide informal advice.  If you are unsure who to approach, or feel uncomfortable/uncertain about approaching a member of academic staff in the first instance, please don't hesitate to contact a member of the team. A list of who we are and what we do is available on our webpage.

Equality and Diversity

The Mathematics Faculty is committed to creating and maintaining an environment of mutual respect where everyone feels valued, listened to and protected from discrimination.  We recognise that the safety and welfare of our staff and students is paramount to creating a safe and supportive learning environment and we ensure that staff are aware of how to put our commitment to inclusion in to practice.

We are currently developing a programme of initiatives aimed at enhancing the inclusivity of the environment in which we work and study, and strongly adhere to a zero tolerance approach to harassment and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender, race, disability or faith.

If you have concerns about any such matter, you are encouraged to approach, in confidence either one of the Faculty Equality and Diversity contacts Stephen Eglen or Orsola Rath Spivack, or your College Tutor.

The Faculty of Mathematics has a Bronze Athena SWAN Award and also supports the principles laid out in the London Mathematical Society Good Practise Scheme

Women in Maths

Female mathematicians at all levels, from Part III students to University Officers, meet in an informal group several times a year, usually at lunchtime. For support, advice or just a chat, contact Perla Sousi (DPMMS), or Carola Schönlieb (DAMTP).

The Faculty's Women in Maths pages link on to the Athena SWAN pages and some profiles of female mathematicians in CMS, as well as the Emmy Noether Society. The Emmy Noether Society aims to promote women studying mathematical sciences and host talks from female mathematicians and informal events between students and academics, from both Cambridge and other universities.

University-wide Resources

The University provides a student wellbeing website which draws together information for students on resources across the University as well as advice for specific issues that students may encounter.

The Students' Unions' Advice Service provides confidential, impartial and independent advice to all students at Cambridge, undergraduate and graduate from any College. The Advice Service can help students on a whole range of issues, from making friends to exams, from intermission to bullying, and from welfare concerns to finance. The advisers in the team are warm and welcoming, and you can discuss anything with them.

Quick links