Hands up for maths!

Mathematics Masterclasses for Year 8 Students in Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Classes held at the world's foremost centre for mathematics

Problem Solving

Advanced mathematics not usually taught in school


Make friends and work in a team with other young mathematicians


Welcome to the the Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses in Cambridge

We are a dedicated team of volunteers, who have been running Maths Masterclasses since 1982. Our aim is to introduce selected Year 8 students to the wider mathematical landscape, through investigations, challenging problems and hands-on activities - to give them a taste of maths as it is not taught in school. Maths Masterclasses are held on Saturday mornings during term time, from September to February each year, and are held on campus at the University of Cambridge.  Attendance is by invitation, with maths teachers from schools across the region nominating their most talented and committed Year 8 students, and thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, is free of charge. Our organisers are people who are passionate about education, and our speakers are eminent mathematicians, teachers and university lecturers, who enjoy the opportunity to bring advanced maths to bright, enquiring minds.


I would recommend the Masterclasses to anyone and everyone. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to grasp and yes,it is worth waking up at 8 in the morning and then later that day getting dragged around the shopping centre. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity.


The first part of the session was an exciting, fast paced competition in which you worked on your table in a team (team names were mathematicians some of which were unknown - Alan Turing), competed with each other to earn as many points as possible!

Annie and Karis

I really enjoyed the Ri Maths Masterclasses and found them very interesting. I made many new friends and it was extremely fun !! All of the teachers were nice, helpful and have shown me how to see maths in a new way. I feel privileged to have had this opportunity.


About the Royal Institution

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If you have been invited to attend the Mathematics Masterclasses, that means your teacher thinks that you are one of the brightest and keenest maths students in Year 8.  Only 1 in 50 students get this opportunity.  Read more about what to expect from the Masterclasses...

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2019-20 Programme


9, 16, 23, 30 November and 7 December 2019

9/11/2019 - Venue: WYNG Gardens, Trinity Hall - Topic: Mathletics - Speaker: Katie Binks

16/11/2019 - Venue: WYNG Gardens, Trinity Hall - Topic: Highly Mathematical Games - Speaker: Val Pritchard

23/11/2019 - Venue: WYNG Gardens, Trinity Hall - Topic: Vector Formula One - Speaker: Dr James Munro

30/11/2019 - Venue: WYNG Gardens, Trinity Hall - Topic: The Story of Pi - Speaker: Prof Alan Davies

7/12/2019 - Venue: Engineering Department - Topic: Maths and Musical Instruments - Speaker: Dr Tore Butlin - Introducers:Jennifer Rice, Liz Crook



11, 18, 25 January and 1, 8 February 2020

11/01/2020 - Venue: WYNG Gardens, Trinity Hall - Topic: Power of Two - Speaker: Vinay Kathotia

18/01/2020 - Venue: WYNG Gardens, Trinity Hall - Topic: Mathletics - Speaker: Cheryl Dye

25/01/2020 - Venue: WYNG Gardens, Trinity Hall - Topic: Catalan Numbers - Speaker: Jo Caisova

01/02/2020 - Venue: Graham Storey Room, Trinity Hall - Topic: Medical Statistics - Speaker: Dr Amy Mason

08/02/2020 - Venue: Graham Storey Room, Trinity Hall - Topic: Convincing Yourself, Convincing Others - Speaker: Charlie Gilderale

Get Involved

Get involved in Ri Maths Masterclasses and help bring advanced maths to the brightest young minds in Cambridgeshire.
  • If your school does not currently nominate students for the Masterclasses, sign up here.
  • Can you help us run the Masterclasses? We're always looking for volunteers, for everything from handing out refreshments during breaktime, to helping students with maths problems in class.
  • Would you like to be a Speaker? We need dynamic Speakers to run exciting lectures for our highly engaged young audiences.
  • Finally, we couldn't do any of this without the support of our sponsors. Find out more about sponsoring the Royal Institution Maths Masterclasses here.
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We need organisers/ helpers to assist in the smooth running of the Masterclasses. Parents are always welcome to sit in on the Masterclasses, and help with the refreshment break....


Secondary schools from all over the Cambridge region nominate their keenest and most able Year 8 students to attend Maths Masterclasses.  If you are a teacher and would like your s



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