I am currently looking at the Part III tripos with an eye on maybe doing it 2019/2020.

I did natural sciences bsc at a Russel group uni where I took increasingly more mathematics modules, these modules are the same as what the mathematicians take. However, I feel I have great gaps in my mathematics, I probably took about half the modules the mathematicians took.

Most glaringly I have no experience in complex analysis, algebra, metric spaces.

I scored well averaging about 80 (Is this enough to get in?), and took the mathematical physics modules in my last year.

Would I struggle with big gaps in my knowledge, I was thinking I could self-study the year before 2018/2019, to fill these gaps. I would probably be looking to take the mathematical physics modules of the tripos.

I would want to do well, so would that be impossible, unless I self-studied for 9 months solidly before? And even then would it be impossible.

Obviously I would rather work for a year (I have a job offer, but it is not what I would like to be doing) than self-study maths, but I think I would get eaten alive without some greater mathematical background.

Perhaps this is an unrealistic dream.

Anyway I’d appreciate any thoughts/dose of reality from people who have done the course.

Cheers