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Faculty of Mathematics



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.

  • Notes for new Part III students (under review)
  • Part III Handbook (all Part III students will receive a printed copy) ( under review)
  • Guide to Courses (all Part III students will receive a printed copy)

DAMTP Subject Advisor Presentations

Lectures and Example Classes

Some example sheets and lecture notes are available on the departmental websites

Templates for use by lecturers:

Progress Interviews



Further information

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 Cambridge Summer Research in Mathematics Programme 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.


  • Below is a Google calendar of many of the Part III events. There is a description of how to subscribe to this and other Faculty calendars on the Faculty Calendars page.