Number of students per year
Typical offer

A*A*A at A-level or 7 7 6 (42+ overall) in the IB or the equivalent, as well as grades 1 in STEP II and STEP III. For other qualifications, please see the University entrance requirements page.


Essential subjects

A-level/IB Higher Level or equivalent in Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Students will also need to take STEP II and III.

Useful subjects

Physics, especially for applicants intending to study Mathematics with Physics.

Mathematics at Clare

The Cambridge Mathematics course has always enjoyed a very high reputation, and a Cambridge Mathematics degree is highly regarded world-wide. 

Each year, around 10-12 students enter Clare to read Mathematics. We find this number works well - it is large enough for the Mathematicians to be able to support each other effectively, but small enough for students to make friends easily outside Mathematics.

Visit the University's subject page for more information.


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My research interest is mathematical physics, in particular the interplay between differential geometry, integrable systems, and general relativity. While it is acknowledged that physicists need mathematics, it also appears that theorems in pure mathematics can be proven using ideas from research on black holes!

Professor Maciej Dunajski
Director of Studies in Mathematics
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Julia Wolf is a Professor in the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics at the University of Cambridge. As Director of Taught Postgraduate Education in the Faculty of Mathematics she currently has responsibility for Part III of the Mathematical Tripos. Her research interests are mostly discrete in nature, and broadly lie at the intersection of combinatorics, number theory and harmonic analysis. Some of her work has close connections with model theory and ergodic theory, and applications to theoretical computer science.

Professor Julia Wolf
Fellow in Mathematics
Sean Hartnoll iamge

My research is concerned with theoretical problems in quantum mechanics and in gravity. These theories are independently well-established, but putting them together seems to require new mathematical structures that haven’t been fully articulated yet.

A persistent theme of recent research in the field is the connection between quantum entanglement and the geometry of spacetime. It may be that the continuous space we find ourselves living in, which is described by nonlinear partial differential equations written down by Einstein, dissolves at the shortest distance scales into something more discrete and less structured, and where quantum mechanics itself builds up the notion of “closeness” that we associate with space.

Professor Sean Hartnoll
Professor Mathematical Physics
Maria Tatulea-Codrean image

You may have heard Galileo’s remark that the book of nature “is written in mathematical language”. While this has long been accepted in the world of physics, one of the challenges of the current century is to understand biology using the same mathematical language! I am actively contributing to this pursuit with my research on bacteria and white blood cells, amongst other things. 

Dr Maria Tatulea-Codrean
Junior Research Fellow
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I work in Geometric Group Theory -- a field of Mathematics that studies groups, and the geometric and topological spaces on which they act. Thus, I use geometry to understand groups, and algebra to understand geometry.

Ms Macarena Arenas
Denman Baynes Senior Student
Clare College

I use mathematical methods to study astrophysical fluid flows such as the discs of magnetized plasma swirling around black holes, the dusty gas discs around young stars where planets form, and the tides raised in planets and stars by their orbital companions.

Professor Gordon Ogilvie
Director of Studies in Mathematics for Natural Sciences
Andrew Thomason image

My research deals with finite discrete structures (as opposed to the continuous structures more common in classical mathematics). These kinds of structures occur frequently in modern application of mathematics.

Quite often I work with graphs, which are sets of points, some pairs of which are associated in some way, which can be represented by an edge joining them. Suppose, at a party, each pair of people present are either friends or enemies. It is possible to have a party of 5 people without either three mutual friends or three mutual enemies, but it is impossible to avoid one of these occurring in a party of 6 (try it).

Professor Andrew Thomason