Undergraduate admissions at a glance

No. of students admitted per year

10

Entry requirements (A-Level or equivalent)

A2 level Mathematics and AS Level Further Mathematics are essential, A2 level Further Mathematics is very useful, A level Physics is useful

Typical offer

A*A*A

Two grades 1 in STEP

For details of other examination systems please see our Offer Table

Interview arrangements

Usually 2 interviews

Candidates take a written test consisting of 2 questions which are used as starting points for the interviews

CONTACT INFORMATION

Tutorial and Admissions Office

Undergraduate

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Graduate

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Mathematics

Why choose Girton?

Although Girton is a relatively young college (nearly 150 years old!), it has produced some impressive mathematicians. Dame Mary Cartwright was the longest-serving Mistress and an eminent mathematician, whose achievements included the foundations of chaos theory. Her portrait near the front of the dining hall is an inspiration for current students. She was one of a trio of distinguished Girton mathematicians whose lives spanned most of the twentieth century, the other two being Lady Jeffreys, well-known for "Methods of Mathematical Physics" which she wrote with her husband, and Olga Taussky-Todd, who went on to become the first female professor at Caltech.

Current Girton mathematicians form a close and supportive group. The size of the group (not too large, not too small) means that the students and Fellows get to know each other well, and the ethos is not of competitiveness but of each student reaching his or her potential. Students come from all backgrounds, all types of school and many different countries (from Eastern Europe to South-East Asia) and friendships are forged which last a lifetime (one group from the 1980s still go on holiday together!). Wolfson Court is conveniently right next to the Mathematics Faculty buildings, so is frequented by mathematicians at lunchtime, and often there is a group of students round a table discussing maths in animated fashion.

Every three years or so we have a maths careers evening, at which recent Girton graduates in many different types of jobs talk enthusiastically about their experiences. The current students find this particularly interesting and useful.

Undergraduate information

The Headquarters of Cambridge mathematics, the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, next to Wolfson Court, is a new purpose-built complex, with a full range of facilities. From the third year on, lectures are held there, plus many supervisions at all levels. The Central Core houses the Maths Cafe - the room is usually buzzing with activity as the students drink coffee, discuss mathematics and work at the tables. It is a very popular meeting place for students and staff alike. The Maths faculty is top-rated in the country and it is very exciting for the students to be part of a very talented group and to be taught by some of the world's leading researchers. The Mathematical Sciences Library is an interesting circular building on the same site, and it is complemented by the Girton library which has an excellent selection of maths books, covering all undergraduate courses.

Graduate information

Girton usually has a large number of students arriving with degrees from elsewhere, to study Maths Part III for the MASt degree, or the MSc in Computational Biology. They are part of the large and lively graduate community in Girton, which has research seminars and dinners together, as well as other social events. There are also a number of Girtonians doing PhDs in mathematics, forming a truly international community, currently from Austria, Canada, France, Italy, Korea and the UK, working on topics ranging from group theory to medical statistics to quantum theory!

Research and postgraduate students are admitted to the University by the Board of Graduate Studies. You must therefore apply centrally and not to the College, however you must be admitted to a College to be able to study at the University. To ensure that this is Girton you need to indicate this on your application form.

Career destinations

Gone are the days when the only career path for most Girton maths graduates was teaching in a school - some still do though, and love it. Other careers include university teaching, financial work in the City, accountancy, actuarial work, software development, starting and running web-based companies, environmental science, economics, medical statistics and mathematical biology. Maths graduates are rarely unemployed; many companies are eager to employ them, even in jobs that are not directly related to maths but where the logical thinking and problem-solving skills acquired by studying maths are invaluable.

 

Mathematics Students' Career Destinations