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Course closed:

Pure Mathematics is no longer accepting new applications.

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal. There, you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and you can also request your references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the £70 application fee. Further information on application fees see here.
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

The deadline for applications, including all supporting documents and references is 12:00 pm (midday) UK time on Wednesday 10 February 2021.  If you wish to be considered for funding as part of the University Graduate Funding Competition, please ensure that you apply by the relevant (earlier) deadline.

For admissions purposes only the MASt is divided into three pathways:

  • MASt in Applied Mathematics (course code: MASA)
  • MASt in Pure Mathematics (course code: MASP)  
  • MASt in Mathematical Statistics (course code: MASS)

Applicants should apply to the pathway that best fits their academic background and interests. Applicants who feel that their application might suit more than one pathway are encouraged to apply under a single course code only, and to detail the breadth of their mathematical interests on the application form.

The Faculty of Mathematics is excited to announce a substantial new international scholarship scheme for the Master of Advanced Study (MASt) in Mathematics, with up to 30 scholarships available for entry in 2021. Further information is available from our Part III web pages for prospective students and MASt admissions pages.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. Both Departments particularly welcome applications from women since women are, and have historically been, underrepresented in our student cohorts.

The Department wishes to draw the attention of female applications to the MASt to the following opportunities:

Sheila Edmonds Bursaries

Newnham College in collaboration with the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (DPMMS) offers up to three Sheila Edmonds Bursaries for women taking Part III in DPMMS. Female applicants who wish to be considered for a Sheila Edmonds Bursary should give Newnham college as their first choice of College on their online application and should apply for the MASt in Pure Mathematics (MASP) or the MASt in Mathematical Statistics (MASS) by 12:00 pm (midday) UK time on Thursday 7 January 2021. They should also email and to inform both the Department and the College of their interest in the bursary. 

Selection Process

Applications are under review between November and March. Some decisions are made straight away. Other applications are held until later in the admissions cycle so that they can be reviewed alongside other applications to the course.  Many decisions are made after the closing date for applications. We aim to have notified all applicants of the admissions decision by the end of April.

Further information on How To Apply

Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Reasons for applying (1500 characters)

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.

Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Advanced Study

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. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Feb. 10, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.

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