St John's has a large and diverse Mathematics community, with about 15 undergraduates in each year group, drawn from across the UK and overseas. The College's Fellows have a corresponding breadth of expertise, from the most abstract areas of pure mathematics and the statistical analysis of big data, to the fundamental theories of particle physics and the mathematics of ocean dynamics. We encourage applications from bright students of all backgrounds, and award an annual Pythagoras Prize of £10,000 to a first year home undergraduate in Mathematics, based on academic excellence and financial need. We also provide tailored STEP support to our offer holders from UK state schools.
The College has an active mathematical society, the Adams Society, which was founded in 1923 and organises regular talks and social events. The society is named after John Couch Adams, a Mathematics graduate of the College from the 19th Century, who correctly predicted the existence of Neptune. He is just one of many distinguished alumni, alongside Brook Taylor (of Taylor's Theorem), pioneers of quantum mechanics Paul Dirac and Abdus Salam, and 2020 Nobel Prize winner Sir Roger Penrose.
UCAS Code: G100
Typical Minimum Entry Requirements
A Level: A*A*A
International Baccalaureate: 42 points, with 776 at Higher Level
STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper): At least Grades 1 in STEP II and STEP III.
We provide tailored STEP support to our offer holders from UK state schools.
Essential Subjects: A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics. IB Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (preferred) or IB Higher Level Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation.
We will consider applications from A-level students whose school does not offer Further Mathematics, but it is essential that they be familiar with the content of the Further Mathematics syllabus before starting the Cambridge course. The AMSP (Advanced Mathematics Support Programme) provides resources for independent study, and we are happy to offer guidance to potential applicants in this situation.
Desirable Subjects: None
Submitted Work: None
Admissions Assessment: None
Those invited for interview normally have two subject interviews with subject experts, each of around 25 minutes duration. At least one of these interviews will be with a Director of Studies in Mathematics.
Almost all of the interview time will be spent talking through maths problems. The problems will cover a range of topics but are designed to test how you think, rather than what you know. We are more interested in how you approach unfamiliar concepts, and in how you make or follow suggestions, than in whether you simply know the right answer. You don’t need any special knowledge and it is not a memory test, so there is no need to try to prepare lots of answers or memorise many things. What is most important is that you describe your thoughts to the interviewers. There are no trick questions or puzzles. Please find the Pure Mathematics interviewers for 2022 here.
Admissions to Part III Mathematics
Admission into Part III leading to the M.Math, degree normally requires a First Class result at Part II Mathematics. For more information, please see here.
Dr Mark Oakley
Dr Sue Colwell
Dr Matthias Dörrzapf
Dr Rosalba García Millán
Dr D J H (Ben) Garling (Retired)
Professor Peter Johnstone (Retired)
Dr Alan Macfarlane (Retired)
Professor Nicholas Manton
Dr Dhruv Ranganathan
Professor Richard Samworth
Dr Jack Smith
Professor David Stuart
Professor Yuri Suhov
Professor John Taylor
Professor Andrew Woods
In my (unbiased) opinion, St John’s is the best college for maths. We have expert teaching staff, who are also very friendly. We get extra support in the form of example classes in first and second year – which I found really helpful. And we are ideally situated between the centre of town and the CMS. John’s is the best college for student life too!
Excellent facilities. Kind and skilled staff. Beautiful buildings. Vibrant clubs and societies. Lovely people. I have been able to get involved with Ultimate Frisbee, Jazz, Ballroom Dancing, a choir, Fives, and even Comic Opera!
Please contact The Mathematics Faculty Office, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge, CB3 0WA, or visit their website at http://www.maths.cam.ac.uk/