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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics is no longer accepting new applications.


The course is exclusively by research.

One to one supervision

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


Students can expect to receive an online feedback report each term.



Assessment for the PhD is by dissertation and oral examination only. There is no standard format for the dissertation in Mathematics (ie no prescribed word limit). Candidates should discuss the format appropriate to their topic with their supervisor.

The Mathematics Degree Committee approves the research title of the thesis, appoints examiners and scrutinises the reports of those examiners before making a recommendation on the outcome. The Board of Graduate Studies takes the final decision on award of the degree following the Degree Committee recommendation.

Key Information

3 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

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


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
June 28, 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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