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    Hey all,

    I'm posting here because I'm broadly unsure about whether I should apply for Part III at Cambridge, and if so, when I should do it.

    I'm a soon-to-be third year undergraduate in Maths at Oxford. I'm increasingly confident that I want to do a PhD and go into mathematical research at some level, and to this end, Cambridge's Part III seems to be a better course for that purpose than Oxford's MMath (can anyone give any perspective on this?) However, several questions have arisen during my research into the course.

    Firstly, when should I apply? I presumed that since it is Cambridge's fourth year, that I should apply for 2016 entry, after my third year at Oxford, but I have heard other people say that they applied after finishing their FOURTH year at Oxford. This seems weird to me, but is there any reason for it? I understand that the course is very challenging, and I understand that I'll have to do a pretty solid summer of work to prepare beforehand, but it seems excessive to have to do a fourth year in Oxford just to prepare me for Cambridge's fourth year.

    Secondly, how on earth am I to fund it? I am English, and all of the funding for Part III seems to be for international applicants. I don't think it's even possible to get a student loan, but the 'official' advice is about as clear as mud.

    Thanks in advance for any help!
 
 
 

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