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How do they choose their students? On the websites it is vague because it just says for eg on the Cambridge one that you need a at least first class. I'm sure a lot of people get that so how do they really choose the students?

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Well, did you read this? https://www.dpmms.cam.ac.uk/~twk/PartIII.pdf
Something about needing to be in the top 10% of maths students in your country.
Also do a search on the Cambridge postgrad threads here, I seem to recall reports of offers being anywhere from 80% to 90% for undergrad grades.
Not sure about Oxford but given the reputation of Part III I would assume it's easier to get into.
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For a research masters at Oxford you apply the same way as for a PhD, and I assume the selection process would be the same - first you make informal contact with potential supervisors, you submit an application detailing what subjects you're interested in, the department forwards your application to potential supervisors, then they interview you and write a report for the university so they can make a decision. It's hard to get an offer, but I've never heard of a higher offer than having to get a first (I get the idea for research degrees they decide if they want you or not at the interview). Oxford also offer a couple of taught masters with specialisms in applied areas (computer science/finance) and I'm not sure what these entail (in terms of split between coursework and exams) and what typical offers are like.

Part III at Cambridge is joining the fourth year of their undergrad course, and from what I've understand is completely exam based (but there is an essay module) - I believe it's only Cambridge that offer anything like this. The offers I've heard of tend to be very high and I get the idea that the main criteria is getting very high marks in undergraduate exams. From a quick look at the website, they seem to offer a couple of other taught masters with specialisms in applied areas, but I don't know anything about these. I expect these won't typically need as high marks as Part III. I don't know how the application process works at Cambridge for normal research degrees and if they accept people for masters by research.
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Do they just ask for a high percentage first class though? Are there any other major factors? I'm not talking about personal statement because we all know that's a whole load of rubbish since EVERYONE has a good statement.

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I was admitted to Oxford's MSc in Maths and the Foundations of Computer Science. I did have a very high first and used to read two full-time courses (while still maintaining extracurricular activities). This combination probably demonstrated that I am up to Oxford's intense environment. On top of the decent personal statement and references, of course. My offer is just conditional on a 2:1, however. I heard some other students got a 1st as a condition.

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Do they just ask for a high percentage first class though? Are there any other major factors? I'm not talking about personal statement because we all know that's a whole load of rubbish since EVERYONE has a good statement.

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I was admitted to Oxford's MSc in Maths and the Foundations of Computer Science. I did have a very high first and used to read two full-time courses (while still maintaining extracurricular activities). This combination probably demonstrated that I am up to Oxford's intense environment. On top of the decent personal statement and references, of course. My offer is just conditional on a 2:1, however. I heard some other students got a 1st as a condition.
When you said that you did have a very high first, are you talking about in your second year of your undergraduate maths? Since you said your offer was 2:1. Can I ask what your actual percentage was? Also from which uni?

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When you said that you did have a very high first, are you talking about in your second year of your undergraduate maths? Since you said your offer was 2:1. Can I ask what your actual percentage was? Also from which uni?

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All three years my undergrad CS (main course). I am an international (European), so it is hard to say what percentage it would be (probably 90-95%). Such an average grade is achieved at most once per cohort (~50 students).

In short, there has been no pressure to meet the offer. Only to get the official transcripts ready in time ...
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