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  • International Fees From

    £16,608 UG
    £17,640 PG

  • World Ranking

    2nd in Times HE
    3rd in Shanghai

  • Students

    10,500 UG
    7,000 PG

  • International

    27%

  • Employability

    95.5%

  • Accommodation

    from £82.00 p/w

The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 1TN, United Kingdom

Cambridge has a population of 124,000 and is based about 40 miles north east of London. It is very near Stansted airport which flies to many European and North African destinations, but is also about and hour and half by road from Heathrow airport. Cambridge is first and foremost a world famous university city and has some remarkable architecture with some College buildings, such as Kings College dating back to the 15th Century.

  • History

    The first college to be established in Cambridge was Peterhouse, which dates back to 1284. Cambridge is firmly established as one of the world’s elite universities.

    Cambridge, like Oxford, operates a college system. All students on the same course, regardless of their College, attend the same lectures, seminars and practicals together, and sit the same exams. So it’s not the case that some colleges are better for particular courses.

    However not all Colleges offer all subjects and some are for mature students only and 3 only accept female students. There are 29 undergraduate colleges in total at Cambridge. For some students the College is just where they sleep and eat, for others it can be where their lectures are held and for most it is where students focus their socialising.

    Location

    Cambridge is a very compact city. College accommodation is close to the city centre and within walking or cycling distance of academic departments.

    Ranking

    University of Cambridge is currently ranked 2nd in the Times Higher Education World University rankings and is ranked 3rd in the Shanghai Jaio Tong rankings. Cambridge is a member of the Russell group of universities.
    University of Cambridge is ranked =20th in the National Student Survey Satisfaction rankings.

    International

    Approximately 27% of all students at Cambridge are international students, representing more than 120 countries.

    Size

    There are approximately 10,500 undergraduate students at Cambridge and over 7,000 postgraduate students.

    Employment

    HESA govt statistics show that 95.5% of Cambridge graduates are in employment or in further education 6 months after graduation. However, a breakdown of post-graduation employment by course, showing the split into professional/managerial positions, rather than general employment figures, is available from Unistats an independent source of university data. For more information, please visit the REF Information page.

    Facilities

    Floodlit UK Athletics grade 1 Athletics track, a newly resurfaced, floodlit sand-dressed hockey ground, Fenner’s Cricket and Tennis Ground (home to the MCCU Cambridge University Centre of Cricketing Excellence), a fitness suite housing £50,000 worth of the latest cardiovascular and strength training equipment.

    Construction of the University’s new Sports Centre is currently underway too. This major new development and state-of-the-art building includes: a sports hall – providing for archery, badminton, basketball, boxing, five-a-side football, gymnastics, netball and volleyball, a weights rooms and fitness suite, a multi-purpose room to accommodate martial arts, fencing, table tennis, and dance and fitness classes.

    Further phases are planned, subject to funding, to provide squash courts, a sports medicine and rehabilitation space, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, and a 50-metre swimming pool.

    Cambridge is also famous for its cultural activities-the university has several hundred registered clubs and societies including Footlights drama. The ADC theatre in Cambridge is a department of the University of Cambridge, and is the oldest University playhouse in the country. The ADC is the centre of University drama in Cambridge, run almost entirely by students with no Faculty involvement.

    Accommodation

    Most annual accommodation contracts are for 30-39 weeks, so students don’t have to pay rent during the holidays. At Cambridge, you don’t have to choose between ‘catered’ or ‘self-catered’ accommodation as Colleges provide basic self-catering facilities as well as cafeterias/dining halls. Some levy a separate charge towards the running costs of the College kitchens – the kitchen facilities charge – while others include this within their accommodation costs. A small number of Colleges require you to have a certain number of meals in the Buttery or dining hall each term.

    The lowest price for a single room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities is £82.00 per week.

    Cost

    International students

    International undergraduate tuition fee examples – BA or BSc:
    Fees for full time undergraduate courses start at £16,608 for History, rise to £21,732 for Geography and rise to £40,200 to study Medicine.

    International postgraduate taught tuition fee examples – MA or MSc:
    Full time masters (taught) postgraduate course fees start at £17,640 to study Mathematics, rise to £40,625 and up to £49,000 to study for a Masters in Business Administration.

    Please note that postgraduate fees are presented as university composition fee (tuition), plus a college fee; there is huge variation in costs across the wide range of postgraduate options which Cambridge offers.

    Subject Areas

    REF (Research Excellence Framework) was an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities and published in December 2014. This information highlights subjects of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields has been graded 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking REF award). For more information, please visit the REF Information page.

    • Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering
    • Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science
    • Anthropology and Development Studies
    • Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
    • Area Studies
    • Biological Sciences
    • Business and Management Studies
    • Chemistry
    • Classics
    • Clinical Medicine
    • Computer Science and Informatics
    • Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Education
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials
    • English Language and Literature
    • General Engineering
    • Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology
    • History
    • Law
    • Mathematical Sciences
    • Modern Languages and Linguistics
    • Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts
    • Philosophy
    • Physics
    • Politics and International Studies
    • Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
    • Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care
    • Sociology
    • Theology, Religious Studies

    Online Courses

    Cambridge does not offer any online undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses, but via Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education there are other online, short course options available.

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