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 Postgraduate Society, known as the MCR, organises a lively programme of intellectual and social events. Postgraduate 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 the University’s postgraduate 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 postgraduate students). We admit approximately 100 new postgraduate students each year, a slightly smaller number than the average Cambridge College, ensuring that our total community of around 200 postgraduate students is small enough to be friendly and cohesive. Most of our places are usually taken by May, although a few late vacancies arise every year.
Christ's has a very generous range of studentships and bursaries for new postgraduate students, including some studentships that pay full fees and maintenance costs. Please visit our Postgraduate Funding Opportunities page for more information and how to apply. Current postgraduates at Christ's can also 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. Grants are also available to all current Christ's students for non-academic activity such as sports, leisure travel and music. Postgraduates who play a chamber music instrument to a high standard can apply for a University Instrumental Award.
Prospective students apply to the University of Cambridge for most postgraduate courses. You can nominate Christ’s as your preference college on your application. If you receive a conditional offer of admission from the University's Postgraduate Admissions Office and you put us as your first choice college, then we will automatically be sent your application to consider for membership. (The exceptions are for courses run by the Judge Business School and the PGCE course at the Faculty of Education, where you apply directly to them.)
Postgraduate students automatically become members of the Christ’s College Postgraduate Society, known formally as the MCR, which stands for 'Middle Combination Room'. Their social programme includes a traditional formal meal in our ancient Hall every Tuesday evening during term-time, frequent exchange visits to other Colleges, and academic events including opportunities to meet with Fellows of the College. The MCR has its own common room (the image shows the upper floor) that is open at all times, runs 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.