Christ’s is a beautiful, historic College in the centre of Cambridge, close to all the central University amenities and just across the street from shops, clubs, taxis and buses; yet it is a haven of tranquillity, off the main tourist routes. It was founded in 1505 by Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII, and counts amongst its many distinguished alumni John Milton, one of the greatest poets and political thinkers in English, and Charles Darwin, one of the founders of modern evolutionary biology. The internationally diverse Graduate Society (known as the MCR) organises a lively programme of intellectual and social events. Graduate students at the College are encouraged to take part in these events and also to get to know the undergraduate community, in some cases by giving small-group teaching sessions for undergraduates.
Christ’s admits students for all of the University’s graduate courses on either a full-time or part-time basis, and is particularly keen to admit research students taking the PhD or a Master’s course that leads to the PhD. Numbers are limited because we aim to provide College-owned accommodation for everybody who requests it (usually around half of our graduate students). We admit approximately 100 new graduate students each year, a slightly smaller number than the average Cambridge College, ensuring that our total community of around 200 graduate students is small enough to be friendly and cohesive. Most of our places are usually taken by June, although a few late vacancies arise every year.
Christ's has a very generous range of studentships and bursaries for which any new graduate student may apply, including some scholarships that pay full fees and maintenance costs. Please see our Graduate Funding Opportunities page for more information and how to apply. Once students have been admitted to the College they may apply for small grants to help towards research expenses, including travel to conferences and for academic purposes, topping up whatever their University Department can provide. The College also has grants and prizes available for non-academic activity such as sports, leisure travel and music. For those who play a chamber music instrument to a high standard, graduate students are invited to apply for a University Instrumental Award.
Prospective graduate students must apply to the University of Cambridge through the central admissions process, and not directly to Christ's. You can nominate Christ’s as your first choice college on your application form. If you receive an official offer of admission from the University, and you put us as your first choice college, then we will automatically be sent your application to consider for membership. Information about how to apply is available from the University’s web pages for prospective graduate students.
Graduate students automatically become members of the Christ’s College Graduate Society, known formally as the Middle Combination Room (MCR). The social programme includes a traditional formal meal in our ancient College Hall every Tuesday during term-time, frequent exchange visits to other Colleges, and academic events including opportunities to meet the Professors of the College. The MCR has its own common room (the image shows the upper floor) that is open at all times; it has its own bar and can be booked for special occasions.
Three specialist Graduate Tutors are appointed to support graduate students. They meet each student individually and can advise on welfare issues, health, finances, examinations and any personal matters. The Tutors also host formal social events at which students can experience the historic setting of the College.