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Lucy Cavendish College is firmly committed to providing an outstanding environment in which to undertake postgraduate study at Cambridge University.

The very first resident student at Lucy Cavendish College was a mathematician from the United States who studied here in 1966. In the years since then we have retained our commitment to postgraduate education and internationalism and developed it further.

Our graduate students now study across a wide range of subjects from archaeology to material sciences to public health. Lucy Cavendish now has a thriving community of 350 postgraduates from over 60 countries around the world, and these numbers are increasing. We offer membership to applicants for all full-time and part-time courses at Cambridge, and our postgraduate students play a very active role in College and University life.

There are many reasons to choose Lucy Cavendish as your college, including:

  • a vibrant and international community with a mission to play a leading role in addressing the scientific, social and technological challenges being faced globally

  • opportunities to present your work in a supportive but academically rigorous environment through our regular programme of graduate and post-doctoral talks

  • an annual poster competition and research day, where the best presentation may be turned into a podcast

  • academic talks and subject dinners occurring throughout the year

  • a dynamic social programme, described in more detail on our Life at Lucy pageMasters and PhD students are active in many College societies and social events

  • a comprehensive academic skills programme, tailored to postgraduate students, described on our Study Support Page

  • a mentoring programme specifically designed for postgraduates

  • a careers programme designed to optimise your career choices.

How we support our postgraduates

We offer a wide range of support to our postgraduates:

  • An experienced team of personal tutors who can provide advice and support

  • Postgraduates can apply for grants towards the cost of travel to conferences to present their work.

  • We offer several studentships to incoming students, details of which are on the Postgraduate Studentships and Awards page

  • The IT Office resolves computing issues and is happy to assist with general queries about the use of common software

  • The College Library and its IT facilities are open 24 hours a day and the Library staff can help with bibliographical searches and locating course materials

  • The Student Office supports postgraduates through the administrative processes associated with study at Cambridge, including matriculation and graduation. 


The University of Cambridge offers a wide range of postgraduate courses, all of which can be studied by our students.  Application for postgraduate courses is made to the University in the first instance: the best place to start is on the University’s Postgraduate Admissions website, where a directory of postgraduate courses at Cambridge is available.

Cambridge also offers many part-time study opportunities for postgraduates, and a summary of part-time degrees can be found on our website.

Information about graduate entry Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and the affiliate or Senior Status Law Degree can be found on the University’s Undergraduate pages.


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