The Mathematical Tripos is a three-year or a four-year course. After three years students receive the BA degree but if they chose to continue for four years, receive the BA and MMath degrees. In both cases, you automatically qualify, after a further three years, for the MA degree. The range of subjects offered in the Cambridge Maths degree is exceptionally wide: you can learn about everything from black holes to the most abstruse problems in logic. Mathematics cannot be taken jointly with any other course (no joint honours, no Maths-with-French) – although, in the first year when you can choose to take the Physics paper from the Natural Sciences Tripos in place of 25% of the Mathematics course. The exams on the Cambridge maths course are also non-modular in structure. There are four three-hour papers at the end of each year and these do not correlate with a specific topic. In the first year, two topics are examined on each paper and in the second and third years each paper is cross-sectional, meaning that questions on the individual lectures courses are spread over the four papers. This allows you the flexibility to choose how many courses you wish to revise for the examination and therefore students can work at their own pace.
Aims of the Course:
- to provide a challenging course in mathematics and its applications for a range of students that includes the best in the country;
- to provide a course that is suitable both for students aiming to pursue research and for students going into other careers;
- to provide an integrated system of teaching which can be tailored to the needs of individual students;
- to develop in students the capacity for learning and for clear logical thinking;
- to continue to attract and select students of outstanding quality;
- to produce the high calibre graduates in mathematics sought by employers in universities, the professions and the public services, many of whom will become world leaders in their chosen ﬁelds;
|CoursesCompulsory first year includes:
||AssessmentFirst University examinations: Four three hour compulsory papers|
||Assessment: one examination paper for each lecture course. Four examinations total. You can opt to submit an essay, for which titles relating to current ‘hot’ research topics are suggested.|
|3rd and 4th years|
|CoursesLarge variety. Students choose 8 topics form circa 35: C courses are designed to be readily accessible whereas D courses are more advanced.C courses:
4th Year: Over 60 courses are given each year, ranging from mathematical physics (Quantum Cosmology and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics for example) to the most abstract pure mathematics (Knot Theory and Analytic Number Theory, for example). Most Part III students go on to a research degree in mathematics or physics.
|Assessment3rd year: Final University Examinations, 8 topics form circa 35: C courses are designed to be readily accessible whereas D courses are more advanced.|
Extra Supplementary Courses are also available:
- A (non-examinable) mechanics course aimed at ﬁrst-year students who have not taken much mechanics; it provides the prerequisites for the Dynamics and Relativity course.
- A (non-examinable) course on the History of Mathematics.
- A (non-examinable) course on Theoretical Physics, available to all students in the Easter term, but mainly aimed at ﬁrst year students; it provides a glimpse into the major areas of theoretical physics — a taster of things to come.
- Prestigious annual lectures, such as the Rouse Ball lecture, for which an eminent mathematician is invited to Cambridge.
- Courses given by other faculties. For example, the Natural Sciences Faculty oﬀers courses on Physics and the Philosophy Faculty oﬀers courses on Logic and the Philosophy of Mathematics.
- Language Courses. There are lecture courses for Scientists and Mathematicians wishing to learn German or Russian. The language laboratories contain material for many languages.
- Computing. The University Computing Service oﬀers a range of courses on computing: http://training.csx.cam.ac.uk/ucs/theme
- The Mathematics Faculty computer laboratory is equipped with workstations whic may be used by any student reading Mathematics, and all colleges have well-equipped IT centres.