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University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge
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The University of Cambridge is a collegiate research university in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Founded in 1209 and accorded a royal charter by Henry III in 1231, Cambridge is the 2ndeminent University in the English-speaking world and the world's 4tholdest existing University.

The University emerged from an association of scholars who left the University of Oxford after a dispute with the townspeople. The two ancient& surviving universities share many common features and are often conjointly referred to as Oxbridge.

Cambridge University Press, the oldest university press in the world with one of the world's leading examining bodies, provides assessment to 8 million+ learners globally every year.

Hugh Balsham, Bishop of Ely, established “Peterhouse”, Cambridge's 1stcollege, in 1284. Many colleges were established during the 14thand 15thcenturies, but colleges continued to be established until modern times, although there was a gap of more than 200 years between the founding of Sidney Sussex in 1596 and that of Downing in 1800. The most recently formed college is Robinson, built in the late 1970s. However, Homerton College only attained full university college status in March 2010, making it the newest complete college (it was previously an "Approved Society" affiliated with the University).

After the Cambridge University Act, 1856 formalized the organizational mapping of the University, the study of many new subjects was initiated, such as theology, history and, modern languages. Resources mandatory for new courses in the arts, architecture and, archaeology were furnished by Viscount Fitzwilliam of Trinity College, who also established the Fitzwilliam Museum.

In 1847, Prince Albert emerged as Chancellor of the University of Cambridge after a close sweep with the Earl of Powis. Albert used his position as Chancellor to campaign successfully for reframed and more modern university syllabi, expanding the subjects taught beyond the conventional mathematics and classics to include modern history and the natural sciences.

Between 1896 and 1902, Downing College disposed of some part of its land to construct the Downing Site, with new scientific laboratories for anatomy, genetics and, Earth sciences. During the same period, the New Museums Site was constructed, including the Cavendish Laboratory, which has since moved to the West Cambridge Site, and other departments for chemistry and medicine.

The University of Cambridge began to accord PhD degrees in the early 20thcentury. The first Cambridge PhD in mathematics was granted in 1924.

The colleges and collegiate institutions of the University& their year of commencement are:

  • Christ’s (1505)
  • Churchill (1960)
  • Clare (1326)
  • Clare Hall (1966)
  • Corpus Christi (1352)
  • Darwin (1964)
  • Downing (1800)
  • Emmanuel (1584)
  • Fitzwilliam (1869)
  • Girton (1869)
  • Gonville and Caius (1348)
  • Homerton (1977)
  • Hughes Hall (1885)
  • Jesus (1496)
  • King’s (1441)
  • Lucy Cavendish (1965)
  • Magdalene (1542)
  • New Hall (1954)
  • Newnham (1871)
  • Pembroke (1347), Peterhouse (1284)
  • Queens’ (1448), Robinson (1977)
  • St. Catharine’s (1473)
  • St. Edmund’s House (1896)
  • St. John’s (1511)
  • Selwyn (1882)
  • Sidney Sussex (1596)
  • Trinity College (1546)
  • Trinity Hall (1350)
  • Wolfson (1965).

The University is spread into several sites where the different departments are placed. The main ones are:

  • Addenbrooke's
  • Downing Site
  • Madingley/Girton
  • New Museums Site
  • Old Addenbrooke's
  • Old Schools
  • Silver Street/Mill Lane
  • Sidgwick Site
  • West Cambridge
  • North West Cambridge Development

Schools, Faculties & Departments

School of Arts and Humanities

  • Faculty of Architecture and History of Art
  • Department of Architecture
  • Department of History of Art
  • Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Department of East Asian Studies
  • Department of Middle Eastern Studies
  • Faculty of English

Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic

  • Faculty of Philosophy

Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Centre for the Study of Existential Risk

  • Language Centre

School of the Biological Sciences

  • Faculty of Biology
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Genetics
  • Department of Pathology
  • Department of Pharmacology
  • Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
  • Department of Plant Sciences
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Zoology
  • Museum of Zoology
  • Centre for Family Research
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary School

  • Gurdon Institute
  • Sainsbury Laboratory
  • Wellcome–MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute
  • Cambridge Systems Biology Centre
  • M.R.C. Toxicology Unit

School of Clinical Medicine

  • Faculty of Clinical Medicine
  • Department of Clinical Biochemistry
  • Department of Clinical Neurosciences
  • Department of Haematology
  • Department of Medical Genetics
  • Department of Medicine
  • Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Department of Oncology
  • Department of Paediatrics
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • Department of Public Health & Primary Care
  • Department of Radiology
  • Department of Surgery
  • M.R.C. Biostatistics Unit
  • M.R.C. Cancer Unit
  • M.R.C. Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
  • M.R.C. Epidemiology Unit
  • M.R.C. Mitochondrial Biology Unit         
  • Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute
  • Cambridge Institute for Medical Research
  • Welcome Trust–MRC Institute of Metabolic Science
  • Institute of Public Health
  • School of the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Human, Social and Political Science
  • Department of Archaeology
  • Department of Social Anthropology
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Politics and International Studies
  • Faculty of Law
  • Institute of Criminology
  • Lauterpacht Centre for International Law

School of the Physical Sciences

  • Faculty of Earth Sciences and Geography
  • Department of Earth Sciences
  • Department of Geography
  • Faculty of Mathematics

Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics

  • Faculty of Physics and Chemistry
  • Institute of Astronomy
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy
  • Department of Physics (Cavendish Laboratory)
  • Isaac Newton Institute

School of Technology

  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Department of Engineering
  • Institute for Manufacturing
  • Faculty of Business and Management

Judge Business School

  • Faculty of Computer Science and Technology

Department of Computer Science and Technology

  • Faculty of Classics
  • Faculty of Divinity
  • Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics
  • Faculty of Music
  • Department of History and Philosophy of Science
  • Department of Land Economy
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of History
  • Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
  • Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Application Dates and Deadlines for 2023 Entry:

September 2022

Early September:  UCAS Apply opens.

1 September: Application and transcript deadline for  Organ Scholarship applicants.

11 September: Reference deadline for  Organ Scholarship applicants.

October 2022

1 October:

  • BMAT registration deadline for  Medicine applicants.
  • TMUA registration deadline for  Computer Science and  Economics applicants.

15 October:

  • UCAS application deadline.
  • Written assessments (pre-registration required) registration deadline (other than BMAT and TMUA).

22 October:

  • Transcript deadline for applicants (if applicable) other than Organ Scholarship applicants (see 1 September).
  • Deadline for submission of the additional application form.
  • Graduate Course in Medicine application deadline (applicants must complete and submit the  Graduate Course in Medicine application in addition to their UCAS application).
  • Extenuating Circumstances form the deadline for applicants who have experienced particular personal or educational disadvantages.

November 2022

Early November:  Written assessments (pre-registration required) taken - including BMAT, ENGAA, NSAA, and TMUA. Please check the  Cambridge Admissions Assessment Testing website for assessment dates.

December 2022

The majority of  interviews take place in the first three weeks of December (some maybe a little earlier).

January 2023

Winter pool takes place and decisions are posted to applicants. A small number of applicants may be asked to take part in a further interview.

25 January Foundation Year application deadline.

February 2023

15 February:  Choral Awards application deadline.

28 February: Instrumental Awards application deadline.

March 2023

1 March: Mature students  second round applications deadline.

May-June 2023

A-Levels, IB, and other examinations are taken – including STEP, where required.

Distance Learning Courses


  • Humanities
  • Business & Management
  • Master of Studies - Entrepreneurship
  • Social Sciences
  • Computer Science & IT 
  • Education & Training
  • Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences
  • Medicine & Health 
  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
  • Arts, Design & Architecture
  • Engineering & Technology 

Grades & Grading System

grading system

Letter Grade Grade Point Value Numerical Range
A 4.00 93 to 100
A- 3.70 90 to 92
B+ 3.30 87 to 89
B 3.00 83 to 86
B- 2.70 80 to 82
C+ 2.30 77 to 79
C 2.00 73 to 76
C- 1.70 70 to 72
D+ 1.30 67 to 69
D 1.00 60 to 66
F 0.00 0 to 59

Credit (CR) is a grade representing content competence.

Undergraduate programs — equivalent to ‘D’ or better

Graduate and post-graduate programs — equivalent to ‘B’ or better

No Credit (NC) means that the student has not stood up to expectations and that the academic work will not be counted toward degree requisites. Aspirants who are granted a grade of “No Credit” in a required course are required to repeat the course.

“No Show” (NS) denotes that an aspirant did not attend a class and/or did not formally withdraw from a specific course. The student stands financially liable for the tuition.

Changes in Grade — Grades (including CR) are considered to be final unless clerical or procedural discrepancies have been made.

Undergraduate Grades

Grades of “Credit” or “No Credit” are awarded only for challenge exams, standardized exams and, skill development programs.

Graduate and Post-graduate Grades

Graduate and post-graduate courses grant passing grades of ‘B’ or better. Course-work below ‘B’ receives a grade of “No Credit”. Grades of “Credit” or “No Credit” may be an option for aspirants in specific courses.

Incompletes (INC)

An instructor may award an "Incomplete Grade” (INC) if the student has satisfactorily completed 67.0% or higher of the required work for the course, and the educator has agreed to consider pending work for submission before the end of the following term.

Ratings & Rankings


University of Cambridge World Rankings

Squaring to the QS Top Universities Ranking of 2022, the University of Cambridge is at theNo.3 position with Stanford University. The University is ranked immediately after the University of Oxford, another esteemed university in the UK. Although the University is still a yearning for many students, its ranking has stooped continuously for the past five years.

The rank stooped from No.3 in 2016 to No.7 in 2020, but the University never gave up and attained the 3rd position in the 2022 rankings. One of the reasons for this embellishment is the excellent research accomplishment of the University which is determined by the number of citations published per faculty. As a result, the overall score attained by the University of Cambridge is 98.70 on a scale of hundred.

University of Cambridge Ranking Highlights

The World Ranking 2022 #=5
CWUR World Ranking 2021-22 #4
CWUR National Ranking 2021-22 #1
CWUR Research Performance Rank #10
Graduate Employability Ranking by QS Top Universities 2022 #11
Financial Times Full-time MBA Ranking 2021 #16
US News Global Ranking 2022 #8

Fees & Other Expenses

Courses Duration 1st Year Tuition Fees
M.B.A. (1 Course) 12 Months £ 56,995
M.B.B.S. (1 Course) 6 Years £58,050
B.B.A. (2 Courses) 3 Years £21,170to 22,230
B.E./B.Tech. (11 Courses) 3 to 4 Years £27,700to 33,830
M. Arch. (3 Courses) 0.7 to 1.8 Years £27,520to 33,710
M.I.M. (14 Courses) 0.7 to 1 Year £27,520to 47,120
M.S. (41 Courses) 9 to 12 Months £21,410to 37,600
Other Courses(128 Courses) 0.7 to 6 Years £22,230to 58,040

Living Costs

This may vary depending on an individual’s lifestyle,preferences, and affordability (all figures are approximate in GBP)

Cost Of Living for Students in Cambridge  
Rent       £450 to £850
Food        £110 to £200
Phone         £8 to £18
Internet         £18 to £30

Applications & Selections

application selection

UCAS admission statistics
  2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Applications 19,358 18,377 17,234 16,794 16,504 16,969 16,329
Offer Rate (%) 24.30 24.80 31.20 33.80 33.50 32.50 32.20
Enrols 3,527 3,464 3,479 3,439 3,429 3,424 3,354
Yield (%) 75 76 64 60 62 62 63
Applicant/Enrolled Ratio 5.48 5.29 4.94 4.87 4.80 4.94 4.87
Average Entry Tariff n/a n/a n/a 226 592 600 601

How to Apply?

Application Portal: U.C.A.S. Application Portal

Application Fees: £20 (Single Course) and £26(Multiple Courses)

Application Process:

  • Submit a UCAS application. Following are the requisites for successful application submission: 
    • A personal statement explaining one’s subject interest
    • School reference rendered by a teacher or counsellor
  • Submit Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (C.O.P.A.)
  • Finish the “Supplementary Application Questionnaire”(S.A.Q.) provided by the University of Cambridge after submission of U.C.A.S. 
  • Submit the academic documentation as per the course's requisites.
  • Most aspirants need to take a program-specific written admission assessment, either pre-interview or at an interview.
  • Anadequatecompetency in spoken English is required at the time of the interview.

English Language Proficiency

Tests Minimum Requirements
I.E.L.T.S. Academic 7.50 overall with 7.00 or higher in each component
TOEFL iBT 110.0 overall with each section 25.0 minimum
Cambridge English: C2 Proficiency 200.0
Cambridge English: C1 Advanced 193.0

University of Cambridge Graduate Admissions

At Cambridge University, graduate programs are considered highly intricate and very intellectually demanding, with a large number of academic entry requisites. International students can opt for 160+ P.G. courses at the University of Cambridge. If yearning for any PhD courses at Cambridge, one will need to have a high level of motivation & dedication for the 3 or 4 years of full-time study. This includes a preliminary period followed by a progress assessment only after which the aspirant will be registered.

Application Portal: University Application Portal

Application Fees: £70; £150 for the MBA program

Admission Requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree in an applicable field with a minimum of 70.0% 
  • Academic documentations
  • English translation of non-English transcripts
  • Proof of English expertise (minimum score differs with the program)
  • Interview (for some courses)

University of Cambridge Admission Decision

Time taken to evaluate the application varies a lot depending on the degree type and applicant volumes. The admission results for undergraduate applicants are normally announced before the end of January. If the candidate is awarded a place, they will be notified by the concerned college, and applicants need to apply through U.C.A.S. Admission results for graduate programs are announced within 3 months of the deadline. Approval of the following authorities is mandatory for acceptance:

  • Minimum2 academic members of the department
  • Applicable degree committee
  • Office of the Postgraduate Admission.

At the University of Cambridge, admissions verdicts are based exclusively on academic criteria, i.e. the candidate’s ability and potential. All inquiries related to the admission verdicts are dealt with by the University of Cambridge colleges on an individual basis.

If a college could not award a place to an aspirant because other more eligible candidates were also available, but the applicant was considered strong enough, then it may pass it on to other colleges for evaluation &consideration. Although one didn’t get admission to the first choice of college, one can be accepted by other colleges if they consider them eligible.


Here’s a list of student accommodations at Cambridge

  • Castle Street
  • Trinity Hall
  • Brunswick House
  • Anglia House
  • The Railyard 
  • Chelmsford Student Village
  • Swinhoe Hall
  • CB1
  • Peter Taylor House
  • Sedley Court
  • 27 Victoria Road
  • 44 Milton Road
  • Student Castle 
  • 60 Victoria Road
  • 29 Histon Road
  • Nido Castle Hill
  • The Cam Foundry 


Salaries at Cambridge are the most yearned for in the job market, irrespective of the economic fluctuations. For graduates, 90% of students receive job offers 3 months out of the University and 88% got employed 3 months out in 25+ different countries. The average salary across all colleges is about £90000+. Students say that Cambridge Judge Business school (M.B.A.) is about £85000 to £100,000.


Top recruiting companies at Cambridge are:

  • HSBC
  • KPMG


University of Cambridge Scholarships for Bachelor Programs

The University of Cambridge Scholarships awarded to bachelor students are primarily offered as partial-cost scholarships. A large number of these Cambridge Trust Scholarships require applicants to meet the following criteria:

  • Excellent academic achievement and calibre.
  • Financial requirement
Scholarship Name Benefits Eligibility
Cambridge Trust Scholarship (Undergraduate) Fractional contribution towards tuition fees Confirmation of admission to the chosen program
Prince Philip Scholarship Tuition fee; stipend £4,500 per annum Hong Kong national
Manmohan Singh Scholarship Varies Indian student; Enrolled in Cambridge B.A. program
Lucky OC SKET Cambridge Scholarship Varies Pakistan national
Rowan Williams Cambridge Studentship Tuition fee; annual stipend Submission of a complete personal statement
Khazanah Cambridge Scholarship Tuition fee; Annual stipend; One return economy airfare Malaysian nationals Under 20 years; Enrolled preferably in Business, Economics, biosciences, finance, Law, and Public Health

University of Cambridge Scholarships for Post Graduate Programs

University of Cambridge Scholarships for postgraduate programs are awarded based on the

  • academic merit,
  • financial requirements, and
  • completion of English language tests (I.E.L.T.S.TOEFLP.T.E.).
Scholarship Name Benefits Eligibility
Cambridge International Scholarship University Composition Fee; Annual Stipend Academic performance; research motivated
Cambridge Trust Scholarship (postgraduate) Fractional tuition fee Academic excellence
Inlaks Cambridge Scholarships Tuition fee; Annual stipend Indian nationals
Peter Kishor Chand Anand Cambridge Scholarship £23,000 Indian nationals; optedfor St. Edmund’s college as their first preference
Charter Cambridge International Scholarship Tuition fee; Maintenance stipend PhD. Students of St. Edmund’s College
Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Scholarship Tuition Fee; Stipend Indian PhD students
NarotamSekhsaria Cambridge Scholarship Varies Indian Masters/Doctoral students in Social science, Humanities, Law, Pure and Applied Science
Pratibha M Singh Cambridge Scholarship Varies Indian student; Starting Cambridge LLM program

External Scholarships Accepted at the University of Cambridge

Scholarship Name


Charles Wallace Trust Scholarship Varies
Commonwealth Scholarship Varies
Oxford and Cambridge Society of India £1000
Chevening Scholarship Tuition fee, accommodation, and travel
Rotary Foundation Scholarship Varies

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