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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.  There are normally additional non-examinable courses taught each year.

Courses are delivered predominantly by either 16 or 24 hours of formal lectures, supported by additional 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 the Part III are self-contained. Students may freely mix courses offered by the two Mathematics Departments.

One to one supervision

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

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

There is an 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 the formal assessment.


Formal examinable lectures and non-examinable lectures total approximately 184 hours per year, of which on average 112 hours are for examinable courses.


Some statistics courses may involve practical data analysis sessions.

Small group teaching

Support for lectures by means of examples classes and associated (unassessed) marking is approximately 30 hours per year.


Twice a year students have an individual meeting with a member of academic staff to discuss their progress in Part III. Students offering an essay as part of their degree may meet their essay supervisor up to three times during the academic year.



Not required.


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 examination. Courses are worth either two or three credit units depending on whether they are 16 or 24 hours in length. A 16-hour course is assessed by a two-hour examination and a 24-hour course, 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.

Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Advanced Study

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
March 15, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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