Mathematics

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Overview Mathematics at Cambridge The Cambridge Mathematics course is often considered to be the most demanding undergraduate Mathematics course available in Britain and, correspondingly, one of the most rewarding. Two other aspects of the course that our students greatly appreciate are its flexibility and the breadth of subjects offered. The amount of choice increases each year and after Year 1 the workload isn’t fixed so you can choose the number of options you study to suit your own work pattern. Some students take as many options as they can; others take fewer and study them very thoroughly. Our Faculty Since Sir Isaac Newton was Lucasian Professor (166996), mathematics teaching and research here have been enhanced by a string of brilliant mathematicians, including six Fields Medallists and even Nobel Prize winners. Most current Faculty members are leading international authorities on their subject. Our Faculty is also closely linked with the Isaac Newton Institute, which attracts specialists from all over the world to tackle outstanding problems in the mathematical sciences. Additional course costs There are no compulsory additional course costs for Mathematics. Some students choose to purchase their own copy of certain texts but this is optional. Full course details are available on the Faculty of Mathematics website and if you have any queries about resources/materials, please contact the Faculty (see fact file, right). Changing course About 10 per cent of students change from Mathematics each year. Many of these have taken the Mathematics with Physics option in their first year, with the intention of changing to Physics (Natural Sciences). Over the years, mathematicians have changed successfully to nearly every other subject taught at Cambridge. However, it's not advisable to apply for Mathematics intending to transfer to a subject other than Physics. Careers A Cambridge Mathematics degree is versatile and very marketable. The...
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In Year 1, you typically have 12 lectures and two supervisions each week. In the following years, the greater choice and flexibility means that the pattern of lectures and supervisions is more irregular, but the average load is roughly the same.
You sit four written examination papers each year. In addition, there are optional computer projects in Years 2 and 3. In the fourth year, each course is examined individually.
Year 1 (Part IA)In the first year, there are two options to choose from:
 option (a) Pure and Applied Mathematics, for students intending to continue with Mathematics
 option (b) Mathematics with Physics, for students who may want to study Physics after the first year
You should state in your Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) which option you wish to take, though it’s possible to change when you start the course. You can still continue with Mathematics in the second year if you take option (b).
Part IA introduces you to the fundamentals of higher mathematics, including:
 the study of algebraic systems (such as groups)
 analysis of calculus
 probability
 mathematical methods (such as vector calculus)
 Newtonian dynamics and special relativity
You take eight subjects. Those taking Mathematics with Physics replace two Mathematics subjects with Part IA Physics from Natural Sciences, covering, for example, kinetic theory, Fourier analysis, and electromagnetism.
Year 2 (Part IB)In Part IB, you choose from 17 options available. In most, the topics of the first year are studied in much greater depth, but some new topics are offered, for example:
 geometry
 electromagnetism, quantum mechanics and fluid dynamics
 applicable mathematics, which includes statistics and optimisation (a rigorous treatment of topics from decision mathematics)
 numerical analysis
There are also optional computational projects (assessed by means of note books and programmes submitted before the summer examinations), using computers to solve mathematical problems.
Year 3 (Part II)Year 3 gives you the opportunity to explore your mathematical interests in detail. There is a very wide choice, including papers on, for example:
 cryptography
 algebraic topology
 number theory
 cosmology
 general relativity
 stochastic financial models
 waves
There are also optional computational projects.
Year 4 (Part III, optional integrated Masters)Part III has a worldwide reputation for training the very best research mathematicians. Progression to Part III, in which more than 80 options are offered, normally requires a first in Part II or a very good performance in Parts IB and II, and successful completion leads to a BA with MMath. See the Faculty website for more details.
For further information about studying Mathematics at the University of Cambridge see the Faculty of Mathematics website.
Mathematics