Established: 1209, Cambridge, United Kingdom

University of Cambridge

The Old Schools, Trinity Ln, Cambridge CB2 1TN, UK

The University of Cambridge is a collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England. Founded in 1209 and granted a Royal Charter by King Henry III in 1231, Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world's fourth-oldest surviving university. The history and influence of the University of Cambridge has made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

  • 19,000+
    Total Students
  • 35%
    International Students
  • GBP 8,810
    Total Cost of Living(average per year*)
  • GBP 5,310
    Living On-campus(average per year*)
  • 10.9
    Students Per Staff
  • 21%
    Acceptance Rate
  • Yes
    Financial Aid

University Rankings

  • Times World University (THE)
    2
  • QS World Univesity
    6
  • Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)
    3
  • The Complete University Guide
    1
  • Financial Times (MBA)
    13

Overview

The University of Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and is regarded as one of the world's top five universities. The University of Cambridge is a member of the Russell Group, a network of research-led British universities; the Coimbra Group, an association of leading European universities; the League of European Research Universities; and the International Alliance of Research Universities.

The University of Cambridge is rich in history - its famous Colleges and University buildings attract visitors from all over the world. But the University's museums and collections also hold many treasures which give an exciting insight into some of the scholarly activities, both past and present, of the University's academics and students.

The University of Cambridge is one of the world's oldest universities and leading academic centres, and a self-governed community of scholars. Its reputation for outstanding academic achievement is known world-wide and reflects the intellectual achievement of its students, as well as the world-class original research carried out by the staff of the University and the Colleges.

Many of the University's customs and unusual terminology can be traced to roots in the early years of the University's long history, and this booklet looks to the past to find the origins of much that is distinctive in the University of today.

The university occupies a central location within the city of Cambridge, with the students taking up a significant proportion of the town's population and heavily affecting the age structure. Most of the older colleges are situated nearby the city centre and river Cam, along which it is traditional to punt to appreciate the buildings and surroundings.

Cambridge is a collegiate university, meaning that it is made up of self-governing and independent colleges, each with its own property and income. Most colleges bring together academics and students from a broad range of disciplines, and within each faculty, school or department within the university, academics from many different colleges will be found.

Accommodation is served by each college individually, and varies strongly. Most colleges own houses and flats within Cambridge, but can also offer rooms for undergraduates for all three years of study. The Accommodation Service is also available to help organise private rented accommodation in the town.

The academic year is divided into three academic terms, determined by the Statutes of the University. Michaelmas term lasts from October to December; Lent term from January to March; and Easter term from April to June.

The University of Cambridge has research departments and teaching faculties in most academic disciplines. All research and lectures are conducted by university departments. The colleges are in charge of giving or arranging most supervisions, student accommodation, and funding most extracurricular activities.

The university has over 100 libraries. The Cambridge University Library is the central research library, which holds over 8 million volumes. It is a legal deposit library, therefore it is entitled to request a free copy of every book published in the UK and Ireland.

Cambridge University operates eight arts, cultural, and scientific museums, and a botanic garden. The Fitzwilliam Museum, is the art and antiquities museum, the Kettle's Yard is a contemporary art gallery, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology houses the university's collections of local antiquities, together with archaeological and ethnographic artefacts from around the world, the Cambridge University Museum of Zoology houses a wide range of zoological specimens from around the world and is known for its iconic finback whale skeleton that hangs outside.

The university's publishing arm, the Cambridge University Press, is the oldest printer and publisher in the world, and it is the second largest university press in the world.

The Cambridge University Students' Union (CUSU) serves to represent all the students within the University which automatically become members upon arrival.

Rowing is a particularly popular sport at Cambridge, and there are competitions between colleges, notably the bumps races, and against Oxford, the Boat Race. There are also Varsity matches against Oxford in many other sports, ranging from cricket and rugby, to chess and tiddlywinks.

Numerous student-run societies exist in order to encourage people who share a common passion or interest to periodically meet or discuss.

The largest, and only independent, student newspaper is Varsity (Cambridge). Other student publications include The Cambridge Student, which is funded by Cambridge University Students’ Union and goes to print on a fortnightly basis, and The Tab.

General Information

  • Bachelors degree
  • 63% Students
  • GBP 9,250 Domestic tuition fee (average per year*)
  • GBP 21,732 International student tuition fee (average per year*)
  • Masters degree
  • 37% Students
  • GBP 25,752 International student tuition fee (average per year*)

Programs / Degrees at University of Cambridge

Undergraduate

  • Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Classics
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • History and Modern Languages
  • History and Politics
  • History of Art
  • Human, Social, and Political Sciences
  • Land Economy
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Management Studies (Part II course)
  • Manufacturing Engineering (Part II course)
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Medicine (Graduate Course)
  • Modern and Medieval Languages
  • Music
  • Natural Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Psychological and Behavioural Sciences
  • Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion
  • Veterinary Medicine

Master's

  • Advanced Chemical Engineering (MPhil)
  • Advanced Computer Science (MPhil)
  • African Studies (MPhil)
  • American History (MPhil)
  • American Literature (MPhil)
  • Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic (MPhil)
  • Applied Biological Anthropology (MPhil)
  • Applied Criminology and Police Management (MSt)
  • Applied Criminology, Penology and Management (MSt)
  • Applied Mathematics (MASt)
  • Archaeological Research (MPhil)
  • Archaeology (MPhil)
  • Architecture (MPhil)
  • Architecture and Urban Design (MPhil)
  • Architecture and Urban Studies (MPhil)
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Arabic Studies) (MPhil)
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Aramaic Studies) (MPhil)
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Chinese Studies) (MPhil)
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Chinese Studies) (MPhil)
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Classical Islamic History and Culture) (MPhil)
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Hebrew and Pre-Modern Jewish History and Culture) (MPhil)
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Hebrew and Semitic Studies) (MPhil)
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Hebrew Studies) (MPhil)
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Japanese Studies) (MPhil)
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Japanese Studies) (MPhil)
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies) (MPhil)
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Modern Middle Eastern Studies) (MPhil)
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Muslim-Jewish Relations) (MPhil)
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (South Asian Studies) (MPhil)
  • Assyriology (MPhil)
  • Astronomy (MPhil)
  • Astrophysics (MASt)
  • Basic and Translational Neuroscience (MPhil)
  • Biological Anthropological Science (MPhil)
  • Biological Science (Biochemistry) (MPhil)
  • Biological Science (Genetics) (MPhil)
  • Biological Science (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology) (MPhil)
  • Biological Science (Pathology) (MPhil)
  • Biological Science (Pharmacology) (MPhil)
  • Biological Science (Physiology, Development and Neuroscience) (MPhil)
  • Biological Science (Plant Sciences) (MPhil)
  • Biological Science (Psychology) (MPhil)
  • Biological Science (Sanger Institute) (MPhil)
  • Biological Science (Zoology) (MPhil)
  • Bioscience Enterprise (MPhil)
  • Biotechnology (MPhil)
  • Building History (MSt)
  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Business Administration, Executive (EMBA)
  • Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (MPhil)
  • Chemistry (MPhil)
  • Classics (MPhil)
  • Conservation Leadership (MPhil)
  • Construction Engineering (MSt)
  • Corporate Law (MCL)
  • Creative Writing (MSt)
  • Criminological Research (MPhil)
  • Criminology (MPhil)
  • Development Studies (MPhil)
  • Early Modern History (MPhil)
  • Earth Sciences (MPhil)
  • Earth Sciences (MASt)
  • Economic and Social History (MPhil)
  • Economic Research (MPhil)
  • Economics (MPhil)
  • Education (Arts, Creativity & Education) (MPhil)
  • Education (Critical Approaches to Children's Literature) (MPhil)
  • Education (Critical Approaches to Children's Literature) PGCE entry only (MEd)
  • Education (Educational Leadership and School Improvement) (MPhil)
  • Education (Educational Leadership and School Improvement) (MEd)
  • Education (Educational Research) (MPhil)
  • Education (Educational Research) (MEd)
  • Education (Globalisation and International Development) (MPhil)
  • Education (Mathematics Education) (MEd)
  • Education (Mathematics Education) PGCE entry only (MEd)
  • Education (Primary Education) (MEd)
  • Education (Primary Education) PGCE entry only (MEd)
  • Education (Psychology and Education) (MPhil)
  • Education (Psychology and Education) (MEd)
  • Education (Research in Second Language Education) (MPhil)
  • Education (Research in Second Language Education) PGCE entry only (MEd)
  • Education (Researching Practice) PACES entry only (MEd)
  • Education (Researching Practice) PGCE entry only (MEd)
  • Egyptology (MPhil)
  • Energy Technologies (MPhil)
  • Engineering (MPhil)
  • Engineering for Sustainable Development (MPhil)
  • English Literature (MLitt)
  • English Studies: 18th Century and Romantic Studies (MPhil)
  • English Studies: Criticism and Culture (MPhil)
  • English Studies: Modern and Contemporary Literature (MPhil)
  • Environmental Policy (MPhil)
  • Epidemiology (MPhil)
  • European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures (MPhil)
  • Film and Screen Studies (MPhil)
  • Finance (MPhil)
  • Finance (MFin)
  • Finance and Economics (MPhil)
  • Genomic Medicine (MPhil)
  • Genomic Medicine (MSt)
  • Geographical Research (MPhil)
  • Geography (MPhil)
  • Health, Medicine and Society (MPhil)
  • Healthcare Data: Informatics, Innovation, and Commercialization (MSt)
  • Heritage Studies (MPhil)
  • History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine (MPhil)
  • History of Art and Architecture (MPhil)
  • Human Evolutionary Studies (MPhil)
  • Industrial Systems, Manufacture, and Management (MPhil)
  • Innovation, Strategy and Organisation (MPhil)
  • Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems (MRes)
  • Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (MSt)
  • International Relations (MSt)
  • International Relations and Politics (MPhil)
  • Land Economy (MPhil)
  • Land Economy Research (MPhil)
  • Latin American Studies (MPhil)
  • Latin American Studies (by dissertation only) (MPhil)
  • Law (LLM)
  • Law (MLitt)
  • Machine Learning and Machine Intelligence (MPhil)
  • Management (MPhil)
  • Master of Accounting (MAC)
  • Master of Education (Educational Leadership and School Improvement) PACES entry only (MEd)
  • Master of Education (Mathematics Education) PACES entry only (MEd)
  • Master of Education (Primary Education) PACES entry only (MEd)
  • Master of Music (MMus)
  • Materials Science (MASt)
  • Materials Science and Metallurgy (MPhil)
  • Mathematical Statistics (MASt)
  • Medical Science (CIMR) (MPhil)
  • Medical Science (Clinical Biochemistry) (MPhil)
  • Medical Science (Clinical Neurosciences) (MPhil)
  • Medical Science (CRUKCI) (MPhil)
  • Medical Science (Haematology) (MPhil)
  • Medical Science (Medicine) (MPhil)
  • Medical Science (MRC Cancer Unit) (MPhil)
  • Medical Science (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit) (MPhil)
  • Medical Science (MRC Epidemiology Unit) (MPhil)
  • Medical Science (MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit) (MPhil)
  • Medical Science (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) (MPhil)
  • Medical Science (Oncology) (MPhil)
  • Medical Science (Paediatrics) (MPhil)
  • Medical Science (Psychiatry) (MPhil)
  • Medical Science (Radiology) (MPhil)
  • Medical Science (Surgery) (MPhil)
  • Medieval and Renaissance Literature (MPhil)
  • Medieval History (MPhil)
  • Micro and Nanotechnology Enterprise (MPhil)
  • Modern British History (MPhil)
  • Modern European History (MPhil)
  • Modern South Asian Studies (MPhil)
  • MSt in Entrepreneurship (MSt)
  • Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies (MPhil)
  • Music (MPhil)
  • Nuclear Energy (MPhil)
  • Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Physics (MASt)
  • Physics (MPhil)
  • Planning, Growth and Regeneration (MPhil)
  • Polar Studies (Scott Polar Research Institute) (MPhil)
  • Political Thought and Intellectual History (MPhil)
  • Primary Care Research (MPhil)
  • Public Health (MPhil)
  • Public Policy (MPhil)
  • Pure Mathematics (MASt)
  • Real Estate (MSt)
  • Real Estate Finance (MPhil)
  • Scientific Computing (MPhil)
  • Social Anthropology (MPhil)
  • Social Anthropology (MRes)
  • Social Innovation (MSt)
  • Sociology (Political and Economic Sociology) (MPhil)
  • Sociology (The Sociology of Marginality and Exclusion) (MPhil)
  • Sociology (The Sociology of Media and Culture) (MPhil)
  • Sociology (The Sociology of Reproduction) (MPhil)
  • Strategy, Marketing and Operations (MPhil)
  • Sustainability Leadership (MSt)
  • Technology Policy (MPhil)
  • Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion (MPhil)
  • Theoretical and Applied Linguistics by Advanced Study (MPhil)
  • Theoretical and Applied Linguistics by Dissertation (MPhil)
  • Therapeutic Sciences (MPhil)
  • Translational Biomedical Research (MPhil)
  • Veterinary Science (MPhil)
  • World History (MPhil)

Diploma

  • Economics (AdvDip)
  • Educational Studies: Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling (PGDip)
  • Entrepreneurship (PGDip)
  • Genomic Medicine (PGDip)
  • Hebrew Studies (AdvDip)
  • International Law (PGDip)
  • Legal Studies (PGDip)
  • Sustainable Business (PGDip)
  • Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion (AdvDip)

Certificate/Award

  • Advanced Clinical Practice January 2019 intake (PGCert)
  • Educational Studies (PGCert)
  • Educational Studies: Introduction to Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling (PGA)
  • Genomic Medicine ( PGCert)
  • Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (PGCert)
  • Professional Practice in Architecture (PGCert)
  • Sustainable Business (PGCert)
  • Teaching Creative Writing (PGCert)
  • Theology and Religious Studies (CPGS)
  • Sustainable Value Chains (PGCert)

Doctoral

  • Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic (PhD)
  • Antarctic Studies (PhD)
  • Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (PhD)
  • Archaeology (PhD)
  • Architecture (PhD)
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (PhD)
  • Astronomy (PhD)
  • Biochemistry (PhD)
  • Biological Anthropology (PhD)
  • Biological Science (Babraham Institute) (PhD)
  • Biological Science (EBI) (PhD)
  • Biological Science (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology) (PhD)
  • Biological Science (MRC Toxicology Unit) (PhD)
  • Biological Science (Sanger Institute) (PhD)
  • Biological Sciences (PhD)
  • Biological Sciences at the Department of Veterinary Medicine (PhD)
  • Biomedical Research ( MedImmunePhD)
  • Biostatistics (PhD)
  • Biotechnology (PhD)
  • Cancer Biology (MRes + PhD)
  • Cardiovascular Research (MRes + PhD)
  • Chemical Engineering (PhD)
  • Chemistry (PhD)
  • Chemistry (CCDC) (PhD)
  • Classics (PhD)
  • Clinical Biochemistry (PhD)
  • Clinical Medicine ( Wellcome TrustPhD)
  • Clinical Neurosciences (PhD)
  • Computation, Cognition and Language (PhD)
  • Computational Methods for Materials Science ( EPSRC CDTMPhil + PhD)
  • Computer Science (PhD)
  • Criminology (PhD)
  • Development Studies (PhD)
  • Developmental Biology (MPhil + PhD)
  • Doctor of Business (BusD)
  • Earth Sciences (PhD)
  • Economics (PhD)
  • Education (PhD)
  • Education (EdD)
  • Engineering (PhD)
  • English (18th Century and Romantic Literature) (PhD)
  • English (American Literature) (PhD)
  • English (Criticism and Culture) (PhD)
  • English (Medieval Literature) (PhD)
  • English (Modern and Contemporary Literature) (PhD)
  • English (Renaissance Literature) (PhD)
  • Film and Screen Studies (PhD)
  • French (PhD)
  • Future Infrastructure and Built Environment ( EPSRC CDTMRes + PhD)
  • Gas Turbine Aerodynamics ( EPSRC CDTMRes + PhD)
  • Genetics (PhD)
  • Geography (PhD)
  • German (PhD)
  • Graphene Technology ( EPSRC CDTMRes + PhD)
  • Haematology (PhD)
  • History (PhD)
  • History and Philosophy of Science (PhD)
  • History of Art (PhD)
  • Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems ( EPSRC CDTMRes + PhD)
  • Italian (PhD)
  • Land Economy (PhD)
  • Latin American Studies (PhD)
  • Law (PhD)
  • Linguistics: Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (PhD)
  • Management Studies (PhD)
  • Management Studies (MRes + PhD)
  • Materials Science and Metallurgy (PhD)
  • Mathematical Genomics and Medicine (MRes + PhD)
  • Mathematics of Information (CDT) (PhD)
  • MD (Doctor of Medicine) (MD)
  • Medical Science (CIMR) (PhD)
  • Medical Science (CRUKCI) (PhD)
  • Medical Science (Infection, Immunity and Inflammation) ( Wellcome TrustMRes + PhD)
  • Medical Science (MRC Cancer Unit) (PhD)
  • Medical Science (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit) (PhD)
  • Medical Science (MRC Epidemiology Unit) (PhD)
  • Medical Science (MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit) (PhD)
  • Medicine (PhD)
  • Medicine ( MRC/Sackler FundPhD)
  • Metabolic and Cardiovascular Disease ( Wellcome TrustMRes + PhD)
  • Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies (PhD)
  • Music (PhD)
  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology ( EPSRC CDTMRes + PhD)
  • National Institutes of Health Oxford/Cambridge Programme ( NIH Ox/CamPhD)
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology (PhD)
  • Oncology (PhD)
  • Paediatrics (PhD)
  • Pathology (PhD)
  • Pharmacology (PhD)
  • Philosophy (PhD)
  • Physics (PhD)
  • Physiology, Development and Neuroscience (PhD)
  • Plant Sciences (PhD)
  • Polar Studies (Scott Polar Research Institute) (PhD)
  • Politics and International Studies (PhD)
  • Portuguese (PhD)
  • Psychiatry (PhD)
  • Psychology (PhD)
  • Public Health and Primary Care (PhD)
  • Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (PhD)
  • Radiology (PhD)
  • Sensor Technologies and Applications ( EPSRC CDTMRes + PhD)
  • Slavonic Studies (PhD)
  • Social Anthropology (PhD)
  • Sociology (PhD)
  • Spanish (PhD)
  • Stem Cell Biology ( Wellcome TrustMRes + PhD)
  • Surgery (PhD)
  • Theology and Religious Studies (PhD)
  • Veterinary Medicine (PhD)
  • Veterinary Medicine (MV)
  • Zoology (PhD)

Selection criteria

Language test
  • IELTS (Bachelors) 7.0
  • IELTS (Masters) 7.0

Academic Life

  • 45 : 55
    Female male ratio
  • Trimesters
    Academic calendar

Student Life

  • over-5,000
    Employees
  • Urban
    Campus setting
  • Public
    Control type
  • Non-Profit
    Entity
  • Religious affiliation
    None

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