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.
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.
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. Candidates from within Cambridge should see 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.
Students from within Cambridge take Part III as their fourth year and obtain a BA/MMath. Students from outside Cambridge take it as a one year course and obtain the MASt (Master of Advanced Study) degree in Mathematics.
- MASt applicants (including past Cambridge graduates) should apply through the University Graduate Admissions Office. There is full information on the applications procedure on the University Graduate Admissions website.
- The closing date for applications for the MASt is 15 March, but we strongly encourage earlier applications. The majority of funding deadlines are much earlier.
- You may also state a preference for a given college, see also the Graduate Union Alternative Prospectus.
- The MASt degree has three course names, MASt in Applied Mathematics (Course Code: MASA), MASt in Pure Mathematics (Course Code: MASP) and MASt in Mathematical Statistics (Course Code: MASS) for applications predominantly within the areas of Applied Mathematics/Theoretical Physics, Pure Mathematics, and Mathematical Statistics, respectively. This choice is only for admission purposes. Once here, successful applicants are free to register with either department and are free to choose courses from any area of Mathematics. For online applications, search for MAST, and then select the appropriate course name.
For the MASt, the Graduate Admissions Office gives information on estimated fees and costs.
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 email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (email@example.com) 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.
If you require further information please contact the Faculty of Mathematics Graduate Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of the Master of Mathematics / Master of Advanced Study, candidates may choose to offer an essay. This will count for 3 units, or about a sixth of the course. There is no prescribed length for an essay, but the general opinion seems to be that 5,000 to 8,000 words is a natural length. The essay does not have to be original in content.
Each year members of the Faculty propose suitable topics; links to those for the most recent submissions are provided below (subsequent years are expected to be broadly similar, although not identical). Students are also free to propose their own topic (subject to confirmation by the Faculty Board of Mathematics). Note that if an essay is written on a particular topic in a given year then that exact topic can not be set in the next year.
A list of extra topics is generally offered during Lent Term, on the same basis and terms as the any on the initial list (listed as "Additional Essay Topics").
The primary requirement on the presentation of Part III essays is that they are legible. Hand-written essays are acceptable (if legible), but you may prefer to use the text formatting software which is available on the University PWF network.