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University of Cambridge


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Mathematics in Cambridge

The Cambridge Mathematical Tripos is renowned for its emphasis on the development of mathematical intuition and reasoning and offers a wide range of topics across pure and applied mathematics.

During the first year (Part IA) students study eight lecture courses on core mathematical topics, split equally between pure and applied. In the second year (Part IB), there are several core courses and a number of optional courses, allowing students to focus on the areas of maths that interest them the most. In the third year (Part II) students can select courses from 35 topics, including those suitable for moving into other fields such as coding and cryptography, mathematical biology and stochastic financial models.

Full details about the structure and content of the course can be found at the Departmental website.

Mathematics in Murray Edwards College 

We welcome 6 undergraduate students in mathematics each year, so they will be studying in a community of around 20 undergraduate students, 6 postgraduate students (including MMath students), and 2 Fellows.

At Murray Edwards College, we place an emphasis on building a mathematical community - both within and across year groups. As our mathematicians will find here as well as when they begin their careers after graduation, collaboration drives individual success.

Some of our students are involved in University-level initiatives, such as the Archimedeans, the University's mathematical society, and the Emmy Noether Society, which aims to promote women studying mathematical sciences. 

Naomi Arnold, a recent graduate, writes: "I have found Murray Edwards to be an incredibly supportive environment in which to study mathematics.

I have enjoyed the women's college aspect of Murray Edwards. It's great to be in an environment that equips and empowers women both academically and with other areas of university life."

Naomi has also written a piece for our She Talks Science blog.

While lectures are held within the Mathematics Faculty, students will be supervised within College by our academic Fellows and advanced graduate students who have wide-ranging expertise across subjects in pure and applied mathematics. The small and tight-knit mathematical community in College allows for individual attention and support.

Applying to study here 

We make conditional offers based on A Level and STEP exam results. The standard offer is A*A*A and a 1,2 in STEP II and III. We expect prospective students to have a full A level in Further Maths.

Students who are not able to study Further Maths at their school/college might like to know about the Further Mathematics Support Programme, which can provide advice and access to free tuition. There is also a University STEP support site which provides information and resources related to the STEP exam.

We regularly make offers to students from the EU and beyond, as well as from the UK, and we welcome applications from candidates with suitable qualifications other than A-levels; our Admissions Office has experience with the qualifications systems of many countries.

We ask interview candidates to sit a one-hour test before their interview. The questions in this test are designed to be challenging, but mostly on familiar material. They form the basis of the discussion during the interview.

Full details of entry requirements and selection processes in Maths across all colleges can be found on the central University webpages.

Moving into your career 

A degree in mathematics is widely sought after by employers, and Murray Edwards mathematicians have entered into a wide range of careers, as well as further study and research. In recent years our alumnae have gone into accountancy, banking, IT, and cryptography, among many other areas.

We support students in developing their skills and in exploring varied career options through our Murray Edwards Gateway Programme.

Find out more

Many students find it helpful to contact us by email or to visit us to find out more. You are welcome to do so.


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