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University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge was founded in 1209; it has a global reputation for outstanding academic achievement and world-class original research.

Postgraduate Student Statistics

7,968 postgraduate students in 2017–18

Mode of study

  • Full Time 84%
  • Part Time 16%

Domicile

  • UK 47%
  • EU 19%
  • Other 34%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Education 405 550 955
Biological Sciences 785 55 840
Business & Management Studies 80 620 705
General Engineering 510 25 535
Physics & Astronomy 370 25 390
History 340 20 355
Mathematics 125 190 315
Economics 90 205 295
Anatomy & Physiology 280 10 290
Other 190 75 270
Law 65 205 265
Chemistry 235 0 235
Sociology 210 25 230
Anthropology 160 25 185
Politics 175 0 175
English 60 70 130
Chemical Engineering 95 35 125
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design 50 75 125
Psychology 105 0 105
Architecture 45 60 105
Computer Science 55 50 105
Materials Technology 85 10 95
Archaeology 60 35 95
Geography & Environmental Science 55 30 85
Theology & Religious Studies 55 30 85
Classics & Ancient History 45 35 80
Philosophy 55 15 70
Medicine 45 25 65
Accounting & Finance 5 60 65
Librarianship & Information Management 35 30 65
Linguistics 60 0 60
Music 45 5 45
History of Art, Architecture & Design 35 5 35
Civil Engineering 20 15 35
Medical Technology 35 0 35
Creative Writing 0 30 30
American Studies 20 10 30
Geology 25 0 25
Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering 5 20 25
Pharmacology & Pharmacy 15 5 20
Social Policy 0 20 20
Celtic Studies 10 10 20
Agriculture & Forestry 15 0 15
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 15 0 15
French 15 0 15
Communication & Media Studies 15 0 15
German 15 0 15
Italian 10 0 10
Middle Eastern & African Studies 10 0 10
Iberian Languages 10 0 10
East & South Asian Studies 10 0 10
Mechanical Engineering 10 0 10
Russian & East European Languages 5 0 5
Building 5 0 5
Land & Property Management 5 0 5
Veterinary Medicine 5 0 5

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Quick Guides to Postgraduate Tuition Fees and Finance

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Accommodation for Postgraduate Students

  • Many full-time postgraduate students will be housed by their colleges, sometimes in graduate hostels or purpose-built flats.