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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Mathematics is no longer accepting new applications.


The course is exclusively by research.

One to one supervision

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.  All students are assigned a research supervisor.

Each Department appoints a member of academic staff as Director of Postgraduate Education. Further information about student support may be obtained on request to the Mathematics Postgraduate Office.


Students can expect to receive an online feedback report from their supervisor each term.


Thesis / Dissertation

The scheme of examination for the MPhil in Mathematics shall consist of the following:

  1. A thesis, of a length and form appropriate to the topic, on a subject approved by the Degree Committee (typically <20,000 words).
  2. An oral examination on the thesis, and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls.

The Mathematics Degree Committee approves the research title of the thesis, appoints examiners and scrutinises the reports of those examiners before approving students to proceed to the degree.

Key Information

12 months full-time

2 years part-time

Study Mode : Research

Master of Philosophy

Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Feb. 8, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Jan. 4, 2024
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.

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