Cambridge is a collegiate university, which means that all students are members of both a College and the University in addition to a Department or Faculty. Applications to Cambridge are handled by individual Colleges.

The University and the Departments set course content, lectures, classes, practicals and exams. It is the responsibility of the College, through your Director of Studies (typically a Fellow of the College), to arrange ‘supervisions’ and to provide more general guidance and support on academic matters. Beyond this, the College is your home within the university, where you will do the majority of your eating, sleeping and socialising.

You can find further information about University and College entry requirements on our course pages, and on the University’s website.

Because we are a small college, we are able to take great care over every application and we aim to find out as much as possible about you. We fully support the University’s Widening Participation initiatives and encourage you to apply even if your school has little or no experience of the Cambridge system. Our Admissions Team are happy to help potential applicants, their parents, supporters and their teachers who would like advice on individual applications. Although we try to achieve an even balance between Arts and Sciences, we have no fixed quotas in any subject except Medicine (where the quota agreed with the University is seven places per year).

For enquiries about Postgraduate Admissions, email

When I came to interview, the College arranged accommodation and were really supportive. The interview was challenging, but I quite enjoyed it!
Natalia, ASNC