University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Mathematical Statistics

The programme is preparation for mathematical research and it is also a valuable course in mathematics and in its applications for those who want further training before taking posts in industry, teaching, or research establishments. Students admitted from outside Cambridge study towards the Master of advanced study (MASt). Students continuing from the Cambridge tripos for a 4th year, study towards the Master of mathematics (MMath). There are normally about 80 courses, covering an extensive range of pure mathematics, probability, statistics and the mathematics of operational research, applied mathematics and theoretical physics. They are designed to cover those advanced parts of the subjects that are not normally covered in a 1st degree course, but which are an indispensable preliminary to independent study and research. Students have a wide choice of the combination of courses that they offer, though naturally they tend to select groups of cognate courses. Normally classes are provided as back-up to lecture courses.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirement is a 1st class Honours degree or equivalent in mathematics, physics, statistics or another subject with significant advanced mathematical content. Applicants whose first language is not English may be asked to provide evidence that they meet the required level.

Course modules

Most courses in the part III are self-contained. Students may freely mix courses offered by the two mathematics departments. Courses are worth either 2 or 3 credit units depending on whether they last for 16 or 24 lectures respectively.

Assessment methods

Lecture courses are assessed by formal examination; courses are worth either 2 or 3 credit units depending on whether they are 16 or 24 hours in length respectively.; a 16 hour course is assessed by a 2 hour examination and a 24 hour course, a 3 hour examination; candidates may substitute an essay for 1 lecture course; the essay counts for 3 credit units.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Full-time £ 9,300 per Academic year (home fees) 9 months
Full-time £ 16,800 per Academic year (overseas fees) 9 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge University Cambridge CB2 1TN East of England

Key information

Mathematics Graduate Office