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Info on Faculty of Mathematics website for Cambridge

  1. Jun 26, 2008 #1
    I was reading on their undergrad page and it seemed to imply that it was 3 years to obtain a BA, and that it was another 3 years to obtain an MA in Maths. Firstly thats confusing because I thought it was one year at Cambridge for an MA (well I don't actually know anywhere it isn't one year), and secondly I thought that Cambridge didn't offer a straight Maths MA degree but was in the form of their Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics. Have I just read wrong or not understood the info on the page? Thanks
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  3. Jun 26, 2008 #2


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    This is one of those Cambridge quirks, whereby three years after you have obtained your BA you may "trade it in" for an MA, regardless of what you have been doing in the mean time. MA degrees cannot be studied for in their own right at Cambridge. You can read more about it here.

    And yes, you are (I think) right that there is no Maths masters degree at Cambridge, but that it is the CASM (or part III).
  4. Jun 26, 2008 #3
    Thanks Cristo. Wow did not know that about Cambridge, that kind of seems unfair although i guess its the presumption that Cambridge Grads should have done something to merit the "Promotion" to an MA in those 3 years which Im sure most do.
  5. Jun 29, 2008 #4
    It's fairly well-known that that's how Cambridge (and Oxford) operate (or used to) in certain subjects. My history teacher at school (Oxford) didn't bother to fill in the paperwork to apply for his 'Masters' until a prospective employer or similar asked "If he went to Oxford, why doesn't he have an MA?".
  6. Jun 29, 2008 #5
    It's the way it's been there for ages. And it's not to make people think Cambridge grads have done something to merit the 'promotion' it's tradition where on getting it they're considered senior members of the school (and hence allowed to vote in something). It's certainly not to make people think they're educated to the equivalent level of someone with a bachelors and a masters.

    If you want to read more about it I'm sure it's on Wikipedia. Possibly under 'MA (Oxon)' or 'MA (Cantab)'
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