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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.

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2018–2019). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 17,300
Mixed -
Laboratory 10,800
Clinical 12,000
Classroom
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Mixed
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Laboratory
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.

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.