The Management Studies Tripos is a one-year course that can be taken only by students who have already completed two, or in some cases three, years of another Tripos at the University of Cambridge. It is not possible to take the Management Studies Tripos immediately on entry to Cambridge (i.e. in your first year), nor is it possible to transfer to the programme from any other institution, either in the UK or abroad.
Maths & stats proficiency
The Management Studies undergraduate programme takes students who have been studying in all departments of the University, and does not therefore assume that you'll have a high level of mathematical knowledge. However, if you don't have a mathematical background (or mathematics to A-level), we recommend you prepare for the programme by studying some mathematics and statistics in advance.
The programme is delivered predominantly through lectures and workshops, with the Quantitative Methods core course in Michaelmas Term being supported by four three-hour examples classes. These replace supervisions and are designed both to assist students with less experience of mathematics and statistics, and to provide some further exploration for others. It is expected that students without at least A-level Mathematics will recognise the need to spend more time familiarising themselves with the material.
The MST is challenging and rewarding for students from all disciplines, and there is no reason why those with non-mathematical backgrounds should not do extremely well on the programme.
How to apply
Applications for the MST are made through your college's Tutorial Office. We ask that colleges pass on to us the names of MST applicants for a deadline of the end of April. Your college may have an earlier deadline than this for their own administrative purposes, so do check with the Tutorial Office. Offers are normally made in June.
It should be noted that decisions on applicants who have a lower 2:1 record than our minimum requirement cannot be made until after the publication of examination results and breakdowns. This is also the case for applicants currently in their second year.
Entry to the MST is competitive, and applicants should have a strong and consistent academic record over their two or three years at Cambridge. The current minimum requirement is normally a 2:1 in every year, with an average of at least 64 per cent over all previous years. Please note that this percentage requirement may be increased in future years.
In addition to your academic record, college references are also taken into account, so you should not assume you will be made an offer on your academic record alone, even if it meets (or exceeds) our stated requirement.
On the other hand, even very good college references cannot compensate if you fail to meet the requirement.
MST Programme Administrator Bella Stewart is available to answer any questions about the programme.