During the past decade, Cambridge has seen a large expansion in the numbers of postgraduate students studying at the University. Over three-quarters of the students at St Edmund’s are studying towards a higher degrees, usually the PhD, MPhil or LLM degrees. All students at St Edmund’s have an appointed Tutor who is a Fellow of the College. Tutors oversee their pastoral and social wellbeing and are accessible throughout the year.
The various departments of the University are separate from the Colleges. Applicants state which department they are interested in and then list two colleges in order of preference. Applications are considered first by the relevant department and then by the first college of choice. A pool system operates so that applicants not accepted by their chosen colleges can be considered by others. Applicants are generally free to choose any college (although some colleges have restrictions with regards to certain subjects or gender), all of which have their own unique character. Admission to read for a research degree will normally require at least a good upper-second class honours (or the equivalent) in the applicant’s first degree.
Applications for almost all taught and research higher degrees are dealt with by the University Postgraduate Admissions Office. Details of postgraduate courses and general information about postgraduate studies at Cambridge University can be found in the on-line version of the Postgraduate Studies Prospectus. There is also a guide for postgraduate students, information on part-time courses, and a more specific guide to PhD study.
A few postgraduate courses are not dealt with by the Postgraduate Admissions Office. Entry to the courses of Clinical Medicine, Master of Finance, Master of Business Administration and Executive MBA is by application to the respective Faculty or Department. Part-time M.St. students will apply via the Institute of Continuing Education. Students on such courses will still become members of a college.
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