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Mathematics Examinations

All undergraduate papers excluding the second and third year computing projects are evaluated by three-hour written exams. Continuous evaluation of students' work is provided by their supervisors. Students are assessed based on their responses in the exam.

Course Requirements

The essential requirement is a lively interest in mathematics in order that students may take full advantage of mathematics as Cambridge has to offer. Nevertheless, the course does not assume any knowledge of mathematics beyond the 'A' level common core. Students are expected to have an extensive experience of mathematics equivalent to minimum AS level further Mathematics either at their school or through one of the distance learning programmes presently available.

Computing, statistics and mechanics are not essential. Students may start these subjects from scratch when they get here. However, there is a huge component of theoretical physics in the course; therefore, students shall find it helps to take mechanics modules at 'A' level mathematics. Students who have done physics 'A' level may be helpful.

Students who would like to know more about entrance procedures and requirements are advised to refer guide to admissions in mathematics fact sheet from the faculty of mathematics website. The course incorporates extremely wide range of subjects and flexible in nature. Each year, students may choose the number of options they study to suit their own work pattern. Some of the students like to take as many options as they can.

Flexibility: A Choice of Course

Part First 'A'

Year First

There are two options:

  • Option (a) Applied and Pure Mathematics, for students who are intending to continue with Mathematics
  • Option (b) Mathematics with Physics

The option 'B' is planned for students with a strong interest in mathematics who wish to focus on physics after the first year. Students may continue with Mathematics after taking option 'B', or change to physics after taking option 'A'. However, this may consist of extra work over the summer vacation.

Part First 'B'

Year Second

Students may choose from a range of options keeping in mind their plausible third-year subjects.

Part Second

Year Third

Students choose from an extensive range of options as per their personal interests. Students have two types of course that are different in style:

One type offers an opportunity to learn more about a subject without being held up by detailed derivations and proofs

The other type is rigorous and more systematic and gives a basis for a next course in theoretical physics or mathematics such as Part third.

Part Third

Year Four

If students perform well in their first three years, they may take a fourth year, part third leading to a BA with MMath. This master's level course serves as a grounding to research in theoretical physics, mathematics, statistics and many other cognate disciplines. Students shall be joined by a similar number of outstanding students from across the world who attain the MASt in Mathematics.


All undergraduate papers excluding for the second and third year computing projects are evaluated by three-hour written exams. Students' supervisors may provide continuous evaluation of their work.

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