Hi all, what are your opinions on the math tripos part III program? I got a conditional offer recently, but don't know if it's worth taking the year before grad school as they don't fund students. It might be wiser to go straight into a PhD in the states?
It is a master's degree. US PhDs technically are designed to have a phase with qualifying exams which effectively serves a similar purpose. But the main difference is that Cambridge Part III just offers lots and lots of classes (though some PhD programs may offer as much) and taking an extra year to explore can be the right decision for some.
I think the program is challenging, and you can sit through plenty of courses that are more intense than courses tend to be in a normal program. But it doesn't seem to be particularly hard to get into.