University of Cambridge

Cambridge, England
Public-University

Overview

The University of Cambridge (formally The Chancellor, Masters, and Scholars of the University of Cambridge) is a collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England. Founded in 1209 and granted a Royal Charter by King Henry III in 1231, Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world’s fourth-oldest surviving university.

Cambridge is formed from a variety of institutions which include 31 constituent Colleges and over 100 academic departments organised into six schools. Cambridge University Press, a department of the university, is the world’s oldest publishing house and the second-largest university press in the world. The university also operates eight cultural and scientific museums, including the Fitzwilliam Museum, as well as a botanic garden. Cambridge’s libraries hold a total of around 15 million books, eight million of which are in Cambridge University Library, a legal deposit library.

In the fiscal year ending 31 July 2017, the university had a total income of £1.71 billion, of which £458 million was from research grants and contracts. This is the largest annual income of any university in the UK. The central university and colleges have combined net assets of around £11.8 billion, also the largest of any university in the UK. The university is closely linked with the development of the high-tech business cluster known as “Silicon Fen”. It is a member of numerous associations and forms part of the “golden triangle” of leading English universities and Cambridge University Health Partners, an academic health science centre.

As of September 2017, Cambridge is ranked the world’s second best university by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and is ranked 3rd worldwide by Academic Ranking of World Universities, 6th by QS, and 7th by US News. According to the Times Higher Education ranking, no other institution in the world ranks in the top 10 for as many subjects. The university has educated many notable alumni, including eminent mathematicians, scientists, politicians, lawyers, philosophers, writers, actors and foreign Heads of State. As of October 2018, 118 Nobel Laureates, 11 Fields Medalists, 6 Turing Award winners and 15 British Prime Ministers have been affiliated with Cambridge as students, alumni, faculty or research staff.

1 in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold rating
Type University Public
Year Founded 1209
Size Large
19,955 Students
Location
Cambridge
England

Learning

3,4 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Architecture, Building, Planning and Design
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Foreign Studies (Language, Literature and Linguistics)
  • Health Professions
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Theology
  • Veterinary, Agricultural and Food Sciences
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Applying

How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS

For International Students

7.5 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
TOEFL, CAE, CPE Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Oct
15
Deadline of application via UCAS for majority of undergraduate courses

Cost and Scholarships

£ 9,250
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available

Regional
Need-based
Endowed
Departmental

Scholarships

Cambridge Bursary
Total Worth £3,500 per year
Eligibility and Requirements UK or EU undergraduate student with a household income of below £42,620
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline --
Other Details As long as you are assessed as eligible for UK Government funding, you will be assessed for a Cambridge Bursary
Organ Scholarships
Total Worth £450 per year
Eligibility and Requirements Organists
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline September 1
Prince Philip Scholarship
Total Worth Annual cash award of 4500 pounds and one Hong Kong-London economy class return air ticket
Eligibility and Requirements To be eligible for a Scholarship a student should either have been born in Hong Kong or have acquired "Hong Kong belonger" status through long residence. Students eligible for United Kingdom Home Fee Status will not be considered for a Prince Philip Scholarship.
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline October 15
Other Details The Scholarship is reviewed annually in the light of academic progress and is normally extended for the duration of the undergraduate course of three or four years.
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