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Postgraduate Study in Mathematics


Welcome to the Faculty of Mathematics

Easter Term 2024

Please familiarise yourself with the information on this page in advance of your arrival. If you have any queries, please contact the Postgraduate Office

The Faculty is located in the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. The main entrance to the Centre, with reception desk, is at the east end of the building and is approached from Clarkson Road. View directions and map. Find your way around CMS.

Induction meetings and safety training

An induction meetings took place at the beginning of Michaelmas Term 2023. However, Easter Term 2024 starters can request recordings of the induction sessions from the Postgraduate Office (

All PhD students must complete the online University Postgraduate Safety Course before they start their research activities. Book a place here. Please make sure to complete this course before the end of your first week.


Computing and IT

You will have two computing accounts.

  • Your Cambridge log-in (known as Raven) provides access to your Cambridge email and most University resources.  Further details on how and when to activate this are provided in the online guide to 'Getting started with IT'.
  • Your Maths log-in uses your CRSid (collected as part of the process above) and a unique password which you can collect online. This gives you access to local resources such as your home directory and store space, and the ability to edit your webpage profile. The Postgraduate Office will request your Maths account when you have met your offer conditions and been confirmed for admission/continuation by the University.  It should be available for you to collect by the start of term.  Please contact the Postgraduate Office if you encounter difficulties with accessing your password.

For your office you will be provided with peripherals (monitor, keyboard, mouse) so that you can connect a laptop.  To obtain these please contact the Computing and IT team at  If you do not already have one, your Department is able to offer (limited) financial support to put toward purchase of a laptop.  See Computing arrangements for incoming PhD students for details.

You will be provided with an IT induction upon arrival.  In addition, the Maths Computing and IT team provide information on resources and access via the Maths Computing and IT webpages.

Note for CMI studentsPlease register via this form to add your profile to the CCIMI website.


Handbooks and Code of Practice for Research Students

The Faculty of Mathematics  Research Student Handbook, CMI Handbook, as well as the University’s Code of Practice for Research Students, provide information, guidance and advice. Please take time to read these important documents. 



  • If your maintenance will paid to you by the Department, please send us your bank details by returning a completed UPS3 form to the Postgraduate Office.You must also include a recent bank statement (you can black out account balance and transactions). We can accept UK bank accounts and international online bank accounts, like Revolut and Monzo.
  • If you do not have a UK or international bank account, please wait until you have arrived and set one up before providing the above information.
  • EPSRC / NERC / STFC funded students also need to create a Je-S account. Instructions are here. Your funding source can be found in your funding offer letter, but if you are unsure please contact the Postgraduate Office. Je-S is the online system via which the Department is required to report to funding bodies. You will also be required to declare your research output via Researchfish

Office Allocations

All PhD students are allocated office desk space in CMS. Please see the relevant staff member (see below) to collect your key and find out where you will be. Please note your offices will not be ready before your induction.

  • DPMMS students - Postgraduate Office C0.15 (£10 cash deposit required)
  • CMI students - Postgraduate Office C0.15
  • DAMTP students - your Pavilion/Group Secretary will contact you directly about arrangements for collecting keys.  If you do not hear from them please let the Postgraduate Office know and we will point you in the right direction.

Supervising Undergraduates

An email concerning supervision of undergraduates will be circulated to all new students ahead of the start of term.  Before you can undertake supervision of undergraduates, either for the Mathematical Tripos or for Mathematics in the Natural Sciences Tripos, you must complete appropriate training. Further details can be found on our Supervision and Teaching Training page.


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