Why is Cambridge maths so male dominated?Watch
For 2019, 2018 and 2017 entry respectively, Cambridge maths acceptances were 17%, 15% and 16.3% female with a rather large drop from offers to acceptances - in all these years, the percentage of offer holders who were female was almost exactly proportionate to the percentage of applicants who were female (around 25% female) but then there's a significant drop in the female proportion going from offer holders to acceptances which seems related to either A levels or STEP.
In fact in 2019, Maths was the most male dominated course in Cambridge for acceptances that year, even more than CS and engineering:
If we compare this with Oxford, over the same three years the maths cohort admitted to Oxford was 30.2% female. I think quite a few other high-ranking universities such as Warwick or Durham are similar.
Does anyone know why Cambridge maths in particular is so male dominated to such a greater extent than similar ranking unis like Oxford?
My university - Warwick -'s split apparently isn't much different, about 77:23. (though it feels much higher on the female side) Though I found, anecdotally, that female Cambridge maths applicants generally insured Durham or St Andrews over Warwick or Imperial. Again, don't really have an explanation for any of that.
I actually found this dashboard on the Cambridge website that shows the proportion of male and female students who achieve firsts and the proportion that achieve good honours (first or 2.1) for each course and for maths I'd say the disparity is probably much more striking than the disparity in gender of students admitted.
This is for maths:
And this is for the university as a whole (all courses).
The proportion of male students who get firsts in Maths is similar to the university-wide proportion for male students, but for female students it's 14.5% compared to 24.6%. It seems like the thing with the even bigger difference is the percentage getting good honours (first or 2.1): only a little over half the female Maths students get good honours compared to 82.6% of female students overall (which is actually higher than the male percentage). Also, the proportion of female students getting firsts seems to have decreased a lot over the past 10 or so years whilst for males it hasn't changed so much. Thoughts?
Yep, I realise that's true - Cambridge maths gets approximately 3 male applicants for every female applicant but my question was more about why a) Cambridge has a lower female proportion on their maths course than other similarly high ranking unis and b) why there's such a discrepancy between offer holders and acceptances for female applicants.