The University

A world leading graduate education

The University of Cambridge has attracted many of the very best minds since 1209.

Today the University has grown to around 20,000 students, 7,500 of whom are graduate students. Of those graduate students, 50% come from overseas, and over 40% are women. The University and its Colleges are spread throughout the city.

Consistently ranked among the top universities in both national and international league tables, the University of Cambridge offers a world leading graduate education. With a global outlook and reach, its mission is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence.

For more details see

A guide to postgraduate study at Cambridge


Throughout its history, Cambridge has had Colleges, which are intimate social and intellectual communities of scholars. They are educational charities, each with a particular mission and character, and they have evolved in response to different social pressures. They remain flexible, reacting to the changing needs of their members. But all are devoted to study and research across the range of disciplines and generations. Governed by Fellows, who are mostly academics employed in the University, they remain integral to the University’s educational and research environment today. They can offer you a home and other facilities that universities usually provide centrally. They also give you experiences and opportunities that are unique to Cambridge.

Further information about College is available from

The College experience for postgraduate applicants