skip to content

Graduate Admissions

Teaching

The structure of Part III is such that students prepare between six and nine lecture courses for examination. These lecture courses may be selected from the wide range offered by both Mathematics Departments. As an alternative to one lecture course, an essay may be submitted. There is also the possibility of taking a reading course for examination. In addition, students may choose to attend one or more of the non-examinable courses offered each year.

Courses are delivered predominantly by either 16 or 24 hours of formal lectures, supported by regular examples classes. Details of the courses for the current academic year are given in the Part III Guide to Courses available from the Faculty of Mathematics website. Details for subsequent years are expected to be broadly similar, although not identical. Most courses in Part III are self-contained. Students may freely mix courses offered by the two Mathematics Departments.

One to one supervision

In contrast to the undergraduate parts of the Mathematical Tripos, lecture courses in Part III are not normally accompanied by regular one-on-one supervisions. Instead, additional academic support is provided in the form of example classes.

Students who opt to undertake an essay may consult the essay setter up to three times before the essay is submitted. These meetings may take the form of group meetings at which the setter describes the essay topic and answers general questions.

Seminars & classes

Students have the opportunity to participate in the Part III seminar series, either by giving a talk or through attendance. This is encouraged but does not contribute to a formal assessment.

Lectures

Students will typically attend between 112 and 136 hours of lectures over the course of the academic year for courses which they prepare for the examination. Students typically attend an additional 24 to 72 hours of lectures for courses which are either non-examinable or which they choose not to select for examination.

Practicals

Some statistics courses may involve practical data analysis sessions.

Small group teaching

Each 24-hour/16-hour lecture course is supported by four/three example classes, respectively, each lasting a minimum of one hour. In addition, a revision class for each lecture course is offered in the Easter term.

Feedback

For each lecture course, ongoing feedback is provided to students by means of marked example sheet questions as well as associated example classes.

Students offering an essay as part of their degree may seek guidance from the essay setter on up to three occasions during the academic year.

In addition, students have an individual meeting with a member of academic staff during each the first two terms to discuss their progress in Part III.

Assessment

Thesis

Not required.

Essays

In place of a three-hour examination paper corresponding to a 24-hour lecture course, candidates may submit an essay written during the year.

Written examination

Lecture courses are assessed by formal written examination. Courses are worth either two or three credit units depending on whether they are 16 or 24 hours in length, respectively. A 16-hour course is assessed by a two-hour examination; a 24-hour course by a three-hour examination. Candidates for Part III may offer a maximum of 19 credit units for examination. Typically, it is recommended that candidates offer between 17 and 19 units.

Examinations usually begin in late May and are scheduled in morning and afternoon sessions over a period of about two weeks.

Part III is graded Distinction, Merit, Pass or Fail. A Merit or above is the equivalent of a First Class in other Parts of the Mathematical Tripos.

Apply Now

Key Information


9 months full-time

Master of Advanced Study

This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Feb. 14, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

Similar Courses