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    Hi, I'm currently applying for theoretical physics at uni and am considering applying for Part 3 of the Cambridge math tripos in around 3 years' time. Obviously now that I've missed the deadline (out of ignorance sadly), I won't be getting into Cambridge, so I've decided that no other uni is worth paying to live there (nothing is about to change my mind about this) and I will therefore be commuting to a university in London, which is where I live. However the only good universities in London are UCL and Imperial, and maybe also KCL. But, if I don't get into these I'm worried that even getting a first won't be seen as challenging/good enough prep for Part 3, so Cambridge may reject me solely based on the uni I went to. Do you think I should be worried about this, or will I be fine at any fairly good London uni that isn't UCL,KCL or Imperial (I'm thinking Royal Holloway/Queen Mary) provided I get a first?

    If not (in other words, if the uni actually matters) then what can I do in the meantime to actually prove that I can do much more than just get a first from said university? Are there extra curricular things I should be doing to strengthen my Part 3 application? Undergraduate research perhaps? (If so where?) Work experience?


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    (Original post by Paul Dirac)
    Hi, I'm currently applying for theoretical physics at uni and am considering applying for Part 3 of the Cambridge math tripos in around 3 years' time. Obviously now that I've missed the deadline (out of ignorance sadly), I won't be getting into Cambridge, so I've decided that no other uni is worth paying to live there (nothing is about to change my mind about this) and I will therefore be commuting to a university in London, which is where I live. However the only good universities in London are UCL and Imperial, and maybe also KCL. But, if I don't get into these I'm worried that even getting a first won't be seen as challenging/good enough prep for Part 3, so Cambridge may reject me solely based on the uni I went to. Do you think I should be worried about this, or will I be fine at any fairly good London uni that isn't UCL,KCL or Imperial (I'm thinking Royal Holloway/Queen Mary) provided I get a first?

    If not (in other words, if the uni actually matters) then what can I do in the meantime to actually prove that I can do much more than just get a first from said university? Are there extra curricular things I should be doing to strengthen my Part 3 application? Undergraduate research perhaps? (If so where?) Work experience?


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    Sorry you missed the deadline......

    You don't like LSE's maths course? I know someone who read maths at LSE and was accepted to do MASt in maths (sorry, can't remember which course) at Cambridge.
    Admission to postgrad course is much less transparent than undergraduate admission, and it's not only a degree class but also references are important part of application. It's very difficult to say how they actually assess each application.....
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    (Original post by Paul Dirac)
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    It's not maths but I know someone who read Phydics at QML and went onto read MPhil in astrophysics at Cambridge (also very competitive) a few years ago. He had a first of course but also one of his referee was a professor at QML who was a very highly respected academic in the field, so that might've been an important factor in his application.

    However, as with undergraduate courses, Cambridge is never be all and end all. Especially with postgraduate courses, every course is quite unique in its content, so you may want to decide where you want to do your second degree at AFTER you've done your first degree and find which specific field you want to specialise in.
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    Just remembered ....
    It's not maths but I know someone who read Phydics at QML and went onto read MPhil in astrophysics at Cambridge (also very competitive) a few years ago. He had a first of course but also one of his referee was a professor at QML who was a very highly respected academic in the field, so that might've been an important factor in his application.

    However, as with undergraduate courses, Cambridge is never be all and end all. Especially with postgraduate courses, every course is quite unique in its content, so you may want to decide where you want to do your second degree at AFTER you've done your first degree and find which specific field you want to specialise in.
    Thanks for the information. You might be interested to hear that I can still apply to Cambridge this year(!) as a mature applicant, because I've already taken 2 gap years (not consecutive) so the deadline is now 1 March 2016. The college choices I have now are the mature colleges St Edmund's and Hughes Hall.
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    (Original post by Paul Dirac)
    Thanks for the information. You might be interested to hear that I can still apply to Cambridge this year(!) as a mature applicant, because I've already taken 2 gap years (not consecutive) so the deadline is now 1 March 2016. The college choices I have now are the mature colleges St Edmund's and Hughes Hall.
    Oh that's good!
    Good luck with application.
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    (Original post by Paul Dirac)
    But, if I don't get into these I'm worried that even getting a first won't be seen as challenging/good enough prep for Part 3, so Cambridge may reject me solely based on the uni I went to.
    My flatmate here is doing part III and he went to a fairly unknown uni somewhere in Greece. If you get into a good uni (e.g. RG) and do really well, you have a good shot I'd say.
 
 
 
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