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Cambridge is renowned for the excellence of its Mathematics course. Equally challenging and rewarding, it offers you the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects: everything from black holes to the most abstruse logic problems.

The University’s Mathematics course covers pure and applied Mathematics and Statistics, including applications of Mathematics to Physics, to decision-making processes, to financial modelling, and to numerical techniques for computation. It is the course for prospective academic mathematicians but it is by no means only for them. Its graduates go into both academic and industrial research, into the computing industry and the financial world, into teaching, into management, administration and many other careers.

Mathematics at Churchill

If you want to learn as much as possible about Mathematics and all its applications and are prepared to work hard to do so, then Churchill is the place for you. The College is just a few minutes walk from the University’s Centre for Mathematical Sciences and we have a large Maths cohort (we admit around 14 mathematicians each year). Our mathematicians form a congenial social group who are very willing to support each other’s studies. If you enjoy Mathematics, we hope you will apply to us: we look forward to teaching you in due course.

Mathematics with Physics

If you believe you will specialise in theoretical Physics, this course will provide you with an excellent start, by combining the first year of the Mathematics Tripos with the Physics course from the Natural Sciences Tripos. It is a distinct course only in the first year. After that, you may transfer into the Natural Sciences course to specialise in Physics with an experimental bias, or continue in Mathematics as a theoretical physicist or indeed as a pure mathematician. Your application to Mathematics with Physics at Churchill would be considered alongside our other Mathematics applications.

Full details are provided on the Faculty of Mathematics website, and summarised in the University Undergraduate Prospectus.

Resources and support

STEP residential course for non-fee paying home offer holders

We invite our home offer holders, from non-fee paying schools, to a free residential STEP course at Churchill College in March to prepare for the STEP exam. The course generally runs from 6 pm on a Friday to 4 pm on Saturday with a mixture of lectures and group working. Overnight accommodation and meals are provided at the College and travel bursaries are available if needed. We set and mark homework that is then discussed in individual supervisions and we also encourage our attendees to bring any questions they have.

Note that this is independent from the University-run day course and we encourage our offer holders to attend both.

Web Resources

If you are looking to extend your knowledge of Mathematics, you might enjoy exploring the following websites:


STEP Support Programme

Underground Mathematics


For more information and for all admissions enquiries, please contact the Admissions Office.

Admissions Office

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