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Undergraduate Admissions



Cambridge Mathematics has four Undergraduate Open Days each year.

  • These days offer you the opportunity to get a feel for the place, talk to students and staff, participate in a Mathematics lecture, and ask questions. We look forward to seeing you.
  • If you cannot make an Open Day, or have missed them, the information you need to apply can be found in our admissions pages, or by emailing, or by contacting individual Colleges.

What our attendees say:

"It was excellent and I enjoyed every minute while I was there. The talks were engaging and very interesting and the interview session was very fun!"

"I thought the information offered, and the overall open day format, was truly inspirational. Many thanks for putting so much thought and energy into it, and to my mind, comprehensively addressing pretty much every aspect of the application process, and course curriculum. Fantastic!"

"That's a really lovely open day and I enjoyed it."

"Really great experience and very informative."

University Open Days: Thursday 6 July and Friday 7 July 2023

The Faculty of Mathematics is participating in these University Open Days with a programme of in-person activities on both days, at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS). 
There will be:

  • 'Drop-in' with students and academic members of staff throughout the day 09:30-16:30 (in Central Core, CMS) - for you to ask questions about the course, admissions, STEP, preparing for interviews, being a Maths student in Cambridge, ...
  • Course presentation and taster lecture
    • on Thursday 6th at 10:30-11:15, repeated at 14:00-14:45 in MR3, CMS
    • on Friday 7th at 10:30-11:15, repeated at 14:00-14:45 in MR2, CMS
  • Talk for parents and supporters
    • on Thursday 6th at 10:30-11:15, repeated at 14:00-14:45 in MR9, CMS
    • on Friday 7th at 10:30-11:15, repeated at 14:00-14:45 in MR3, CMS
  • Sample STEP questions for you to try, with help from current students
  • Recorded video about STEP
    and you can watch more Maths talks and taster lectures.

In 2022 the University offered Hybrid Open Days, running 27 June - 17 July 2022, with most live events taking place on 7 and 8 July. As part of these Open Days, the Faculty of Mathematics offered:

  • a subject information stand in the Student Services Centre on 7 and 8 July (drop-in with students and academic members of staff)
  • a variety of resources on the Mathematics section on the Virtual Tour hosted centrally by the University (most of which is still available)
  • virtual Q&A on Thursday 14 July.

Information about all University and College events is available on the Cambridge Open Days pages.

Faculty Open Days: Saturday 29 April and Saturday 13 May 2023

The 2023 Mathematics Open Days were back in person!

In the morning, most Colleges offered a variety of sessions for prospective mathematicians, which cover wider aspects of undergraduate life as well as mathematics.

In the afternoon, the Faculty of Mathematics offered a programme of in-person activities  starting at 2:05pm, including:

  • 14:05-15:05, repeated at 15:20-16:20 Mathematical talks
  • 14:05-15:05, repeated at 15:20-16:20 STEP workshop
  • From 14:05, several short sessions for small groups, Preparation for interviews
  • 14:05-15:05, repeated at 15:20-16:20 Talk for parents and supporters

as well as 'drop-in' sessions with students and staff, where you can ask questions about admissions and the course.
More details were made available in the programme for 29 April and for 13 May.

In 2022 the Faculty Open Days took place on Saturday 30 April and Saturday 7 May and offered several recorded and live online sessions, including:

  • "Mathematical statistics in the real world". This talk by Po-Ling Loh explains how mathematical statistics is used to make sense of real world (big) data, from genetic analysis to face recognition, to medical imaging, to brain mapping, and much more.
  • Four facets of geometry. This talk by Maciej Dunaski presented four areas of geometry: Euclidean, non-Euclidean, projective geometry in Renaissance art, and geometry of space-time inside a black hole, and elicited many interesting live questions from the audience.
  • A taster lecture by David Tong from the first year course "Vector Calculus"
  • A taster lecture by Anthony Challinor from the first year course "Differential Equations"

Recordings from 2022 and previous years are available on our Faculty's YouTube channel.

You can watch recordings of the sessions held on our previous Virtual Open Days. You can also explore our website, check our FAQ, watch videos by some of our students and staff about the course and interesting maths, and find more about our free STEP Support Programme.

How To Get Here

The Centre of Mathematical Sciences (CMS) is accessible by train, bus, bike or car. If travelling by car you are strongly advised to use one of the five Park & Ride sites on the outskirts of Cambridge since parking in the city centre is non-trivial and there is no parking at the CMS (note that it is possible to walk to the CMS from the Madingley Road Park & Ride site in just over 20 minutes). Find directions and a map to the CMS here.

Overseas Students

If you live overseas, note that all colleges welcome individual inquiries and may be able to make specific arrangements to come at a different time to visit the College and meet with a Director of Studies or Admissions Tutor. You should also enquire with the British Council in your own country, who will have relevant information and may hold events for international students who wish to study at Cambridge. The Cambridge Admissions Office has information for international applicants, including information about overseas interviews.