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    I've heard that Cambridge is better at Maths than Oxford, and the course is harder too, but will a maths degree from Cambridge make you look a lot better to an employer than one from Oxford, or is the difference negligible? Thanks.
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    (Original post by Spider2)
    I've heard that Cambridge is better at Maths than Oxford, and the course is harder too, but will a maths degree from Cambridge make you look a lot better to an employer than one from Oxford, or is the difference negligible? Thanks.
    This topic has come up lots before...
    Try and search some key words and I'm sure you'll find some threads.
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    Yeah, this has been debated before. Simple answer: Cambridge's reputation is significantly better than Oxford's when it comes to maths, and the people who really know about maths in the UK will know this. However, Oxford maths will probably give you an easier time, and some employers don't really know the difference between Oxford and Cambridge anyway. Probably the two most famous mathematicians to come out of Oxford in the last few decades (Wiles and Hawking) both defected to Cambridge for postgrad work anyway, so that's always an option.
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    Yeah I know I should have searched, but I've read a fair few of the Maths at Oxford vs Maths at Cambridge threads, they seemed more focused on the academic side than the employemeny prospects. And I couldn't even do a decent search yesterday because of this strange memory allocation error that the server kept throwing at me. Actually, searching for "maths oxford cambridge" or any other combination still throws up the same error.
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    (Original post by Spider2)
    And I couldn't even do a decent search yesterday because of this strange memory allocation error that the server kept throwing at me. Actually, searching for "maths oxford cambridge" or any other combination still throws up the same error.
    I've been receiving the same errors myself recently (when attempting to search using more than one word).
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    To be honest, I really don't think most employers know the difference. If you're dealing with more knowledgeable people, then a Cambridge degree will most likely beat the Oxford degree in terms of prestige (a First in maths from Cambridge is historically famous), but for some unknown reason, many people still think of Oxford as being superior to Cambridge even if they don't know why.
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    Just apply to the one you prefer - from an employer's point of view there is no difference.
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    I was thinking about city jobs and things like that...I heard Oxbridge graduates have an advantage. If I end up applying to Cambridge for Maths, I probably won't even get in, whereas if I had applied for Oxford, I'm guessing the chances would be slightly higher. And even if I did get into Cambridge, I might do appallingly.. So Oxford would be the safer bet, and if people didn't care whether you got your degree from Oxford Or Cambridge, it would make sense that I chose Maths at Oxford, seeing as it's not as hard as Cambridge, or as competetitive for places.
    But on the other hand, I really do like Maths, and the Cambridge course is challenging. Arghh..
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    (Original post by Spider2)
    I was thinking about city jobs and things like that...I heard Oxbridge graduates have an advantage. If I end up applying to Cambridge for Maths, I probably won't even get in, whereas if I had applied for Oxford, I'm guessing the chances would be slightly higher. And even if I did get into Cambridge, I might do appallingly.. So Oxford would be the safer bet, and if people didn't care whether you got your degree from Oxford Or Cambridge, it would make sense that I chose Maths at Oxford, seeing as it's not as hard as Cambridge, or as competetitive for places.
    But on the other hand, I really do like Maths, and the Cambridge course is challenging. Arghh..
    I think the offer for Maths is AAA at both places, Oxford is still a very prestigious university for Maths.
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    I think the offer for Maths is AAA at both places, Oxford is still a very prestigious university for Maths.
    With STEP at Cambridge. Usually 1s in SII and SIII.
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    (Original post by Zapsta)
    With STEP at Cambridge. Usually 1s in SII and SIII.
    Unless you apply to King's...STEP is what puts a lot of people off. It's much more difficult than the Oxford maths entrance test.
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    I would seriously suggest applying to Ox if you're not in love with Cam.
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    Just apply to the one you prefer - from an employer's point of view there is no difference.
    I don't think that's quite true, I think Cambridge has a slightly better reputation - esp. Trinity.
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    (Original post by fishpaste)
    I would seriously suggest applying to Ox if you're not in love with Cam.
    Cam doesn't even offer Physics, just that silly Natural Sciences one! Apply to Ox! They don't bother with STEP! Save your brains and stay sane!
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    (Original post by Invisible)
    I don't think that's quite true, I think Cambridge has a slightly better reputation - esp. Trinity.
    Most employers don't see any difference between the universities or between colleges.
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    Most employers don't see any difference between the universities or between colleges.
    Most employers probably won't even need you to do anything that involves more than A-Level Maths
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    I wouldn't bother worrying about jobs or anything just yet.

    You are going to be spending 3 years at university, supposedly the best years of your life.

    I suggest you pick a university you feel you would be happiest at - if Oxford feels better for you then go for it.

    But the others are correct - the quality of maths students at Oxford is significantly lower than at Cambridge
 
 
 
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