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Lucy Cavendish College is firmly committed to providing an outstanding environment in which to undertake Postgraduate study and research at Cambridge University. Our Postgrad students will have every opportunity to meet and share their research, and use their knowledge to make a positive contribution to society and tackle the problems the world faces.



Our Admissions team is keen to provide potential Postgrad applicants with advice about qualifications and how to apply to Cambridge.

Discover more about Lucy Cavendish using the links below, and email us at if you have any questions about College membership and how we support our Postgrad students.

We hold virtual Q+A sessions

We hold virtual Q+A sessions in January, June, and late-September, to enable potential Postgrad applicants to meet our Admissions team. We currently have a session scheduled for Tuesday, 15 June 2021 at 12:00 noon.

Book a place on our June 15 virtual Q+A for prospective Postgrad applicants here

We also take part in the annual University of Cambridge Postgrad Open Days held in November

Find out about the Postgrad Open Days, and access the online resources for the November 2020 virtual event, here :

Cambridge Virtual Postgrad Open Days

Who we are

Formerly a mature College for women, our Alumnae and Honorary Fellows include an Oscar Winning actor, award winning writers, politicians, the first female director of MI5 and an Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. We will admit male and female students from October 2021 and aim for a roughly equal balance across the genders in our new cohort of students.

Our Postgrad community is well established – we currently have over 400 Postgrad students studying full- and part-time taught masters and research degrees in the sciences and arts, from over 60 countries across the world.

We have strong links with the Judge Business School and admit students for the MBA, EMBA, and part-time M.Sts in Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation. We also admit part-time students linked to the University’s Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) in Creative Writing, and Writing for Performance.

Our students are members of University sporting teams, orchestras and choral groups, societies, cultural and international groups, and volunteer within the University and local community.  Diversity, widening participation and social change are at the heart of everything we do, and we seek to make a positive change to the world in which we live.

How we support you

We have a number of studentships and awards which new Postgrads are considered for automatically as part of their membership of Lucy Cavendish, with priority given to students who make Lucy Cavendish their first choice.  We forge relationships with external organisations who are able to offer funding, and our alumnae are keen to support our students through donations and bequests.  We also have a number of students who are supported by the Cambridge Trusts and other University awards.

We run a programme of sessions throughout the year specifically for Postgrads: hear from our Dr Annette Mahon, Assistant Senior Tutor (Postgrads) about our academic and study skills programme

We also focus on the opportunities available to you after Cambridge: our Careers programme experts talk about how Lucy Cavendish supports our Postgrads below

Bruno Cotta

And all Postgrads have a dedicated College Tutor: a source of support for concerns about non-academic issues.


We aim to accommodate all Postgrads whose place is confirmed before the end of August, in dedicated Postgrad accommodation. We have a wide range of accommodation available, from studio flats and family accommodation, to rooms in shared student houses in key locations across the city.

Some of our most popular accommodation are our modern, spacious blocks at 100 Histon Road, which have large student common rooms and include apartments for couples and families. Mount Pleasant House is also popular with our Postgrads and has ensuite rooms, large kitchens, and self-contained studios.

Find out more about our accommodation here

Get to know Lucy through our video tour

Lucy Cavendish College as described by our postgrads

We are proud to be a different kind of Cambridge College: a modern, informal environment. We offer the experience of a world-class, global university on a human scale.

Sharena is a postgraduate Masters student at Lucy - listen to her fascinating experience of life and study.

Julia is a postgraduate Mphil student at Lucy. Here she shares her positive experience of joining the College community and gives some advice on the application process.

Kelsi is a Lucy's postgraduate MPhil student. In this video she talks about life at Lucy, how the College supports students, and gives some useful advice on applying to Cambridge.

Life of a Lucy student

Hear all about life at Lucy from current student Kristina!

Kristina is a postgraduate MSt student at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge. Here she tells us about her experience as a part-time student at Lucy.

Why choose Lucy Cavendish?

There are many reasons to consider applying to our College. Hear some by our students, Fellows and staff.

Preeya is a postgraduate Mphil student. Listen to her experience of College and the support she received upon arrival in Cambridge.

Keep reading to find out more about what sets our College apart!

Explore our College

Read about our attractive College accommodation                                  Find out about our location & getting around Cambridge


Life @ Lucy

Student Union

The Lucy Cavendish Student Union plays an important role in helping students make the most of their time in college.

Here’s our BME Officer Miriam to tell you more:

Find out about social life at Lucy     See more of our facilities here     Check the Lucy Cavendish Student Union website here

Interested in finding out more?

Contact our Postgrad Admissions team at                                                    

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