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Cambridge master's degrees question

  1. Aug 29, 2011 #1
    Hello all! I am going to begin the last year of my Bachelor's course in physics in about a month and it's about time to start searching for some Master's degree opportunities. I decided I might just as well try my luck at Cambridge but the problem (one of the many problems actually :P) is that the British education system seems really complicated :) I've been looking for a Master's course in physics or mathematics but there are different Master's programs and I don't know which one is the best for me if I want ot pursue a science career.

    So can someone please enlighten me to what is the difference between MASt and MPhil as these seem to be the options. Also any other advice will be greatly appreciated :)
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  3. Aug 29, 2011 #2
    CASM or part III is the 4th year of a Cambridge undergrad masters. An MPhil is masters degree done by research.
  4. Aug 29, 2011 #3
    Part III is known to be notoriously hard and it is a prerequisite for application (?) to the Cambridge PhD program. But yes, anything else that you need to know, can be found on the website of the Maths department or some other relevant page. You shouldn't be confused, now that Matt has cleared this up.
  5. Aug 29, 2011 #4
    It's typically a pre-req for the PhD program and most people who apply are from Part III. You can still get in without it, but it's much harder (I think) since taking Part III is the norm. Also, only a small percentage from Part III actually go on to the PhD program so it really narrows itself down.

    I'm not really sure what the difficulty in getting into CASM is though. Someone on this forum said it's really quite easy if you're at least first-class honors (or equivalent) and can deal with the funding. However, I'm a bit skeptical of this and beyond that one source, I have no idea what the admissions is like.
  6. Aug 29, 2011 #5
    I haven't been able to find a lot of information on this either, but would certainly like some.
  7. Aug 29, 2011 #6
    I've heard a few people say that their offer for a place on part III was dependent on them getting an average degree mark of 80%. Although i have spoken to someone who's done part III and he said that a 1.1 should see you in.
  8. Aug 30, 2011 #7
    Thank you for the replies. You've pretty much told me only about the MASt in mathematics. How about physics? And I know that MPhil is done by research but could you clarify what will be the benefits from a MPhil compared to a MASt (or a MASt compared to a MPhil)? I've read that MPhil is considered to be a bit higher degree. And most importantly which one is better if I want to continue with a PhD afterwards?
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2011
  9. Aug 30, 2011 #8
    Depends what area you want to do your PhD in. MASt is purely theoretical.
  10. Aug 30, 2011 #9
    Thank you I think MASt is the thing for me then :)
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