University of Cambridge

Cambridge  United Kingdom

Cambridge is one of the best universities in the world for postgraduate education. With a global outlook and reach, our mission is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence.

Why study at the University of Cambridge?

93% of Cambridge research has been recognised as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (Research Excellence Framework 2021).

121 affiliates of the University have been awarded the Nobel Prize since 1904.

One of the top ten universities most often targeted by Britain’s leading graduate employers (The Graduate Market 2023).




ranked in the QS World University Rankings 2023

Cambridge  United Kingdom

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About the University of Cambridge

Cambridge: A World Leading Research University

Consistently ranked among the top 5 universities worldwide, the University of Cambridge offers a world leading postgraduate education. With a global outlook and reach, the University of Cambridge’s mission is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. It is this passion and enthusiasm for study and research that we look for in those seeking postgraduate study at Cambridge.

For over 800 years, the University of Cambridge has cemented its reputation for major advances in theories and knowledge, from Sir Isaac Newton’s speed of sound experiment, to the Keynesian Revolution on managing economies, to Professor Stephen Hawking’s revelatory research into black holes. More recently, Cambridge-led gene therapy trials are helping to improve the treatment of Parkinson’s, the Cambridge-conceived Raspberry Pi is inspiring the next generation of computer programmers, and the MEITS project, led by Cambridge’s Professor Ayres-Bennett, is currently examining the health and social benefits of multilingualism for societies today. Across all academic disciplines, Cambridge postgraduate students are able to benefit from studying in this innovative, progressive, and outward-looking research environment with strong industry links.

Excellence in Teaching and Learning

With over 300 postgraduate courses available across an incredibly broad range of academic disciplines, a wide range of taught and research opportunities are available. Teaching and studying for these courses takes place in the world-renowned facilities of the University’s departments and faculties.

As a postgraduate student at Cambridge, you will receive close individual support in your field. Your department or faculty will assign you a personal supervisor whose role is to guide your programme of study or research. It is this blend of academic challenge and support within a caring and encouraging environment that makes postgraduate study at Cambridge an intellectually rewarding experience.


The University of Cambridge is home to around 22,000 students, of whom approximately 10,000 are postgraduate students. We are proud of our diverse postgraduate community, with students coming from more than 140 different countries around the globe.

Every postgraduate student is also a member of one of the 31 Cambridge Colleges. The Colleges provide an inclusive, interdisciplinary, supportive and social community for postgraduate students. Watch this short video to learn more about the Cambridge College experience.

Funding Opportunities

There are many funding opportunities at Cambridge from a wide variety of sources including the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme, the Cambridge Trust, Gates Cambridge, Colleges, Departments, Research Councils and central University funds. Our annual Graduate Funding Competition co-ordinates some of these funding opportunities as part of the application process.

Click here to find out more information on funding your postgraduate study at Cambridge.

“My time as a PhD student at Cambridge was personally rewarding and career-defining. What I learned then has stayed with me, and served me well, ever since.”

- Professor Stephen Toope, Vice Chancellor, University of Cambridge

Students at Cambridge are able to take full advantage of the clubs and societies on offer at the University, and our postgraduate students get involved in all aspects of student life beyond their academic studies. We have hundreds of student groups, clubs and societies relating to community and charity, drama, media, music, politics and so much more. The sports scene at Cambridge is extensive too. More than 80 sports are offered here, including team games, water sports, martial arts, racket sports and extreme sports.

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As I became aware of the vital role of energy, I quickly got convinced that Nuclear Energy could bring invaluable benefits to our societies while solving many pressing issues. I also had a strong motivation to discover the UK, and studying in Cambridge to develop an in-depth understanding of Nuclear Power made perfect sense. Hence the MPhil in Nuclear Energy, which appealed to me with the wide range of disciplines it covered. And I wasn’t disappointed!

Throughout the year, I truly enjoyed the quality of the various courses as it enabled me to navigate the different perspectives of this multifaceted subject. I am also thankful for the personalised curriculum and support from the Department team. The field trips were definitely a plus, to get an idea of what the very unique Nuclear Industry looks like. In addition, a privileged networking system allowed me to discuss current developments in the sector with experienced Industry Members.
Presently, I am working at TotalEnergies, where I learn about other energies and the global energy scene, and I can’t be grateful enough for the insights acquired during my time in Cambridge: an international perspective and solid fundamentals provided by the lessons of Nuclear Power.

As a climate-concerned physicist, I'm driven by the need to find sustainable and reliable ways to produce clean energy. Nuclear energy is the only viable solution that can help us achieve this goal, regardless of the weather or a country's topography. However, the technology has experienced challenges in really taking off.

That's why I decided to enrol on the MPhil in Nuclear Energy at Cambridge, the only master's course that addresses the multifaceted challenges of nuclear energy head-on. In addition to in-depth lectures on reactor physics and engineering, we also had the opportunity to visit a facility where nuclear fuel is manufactured, as well as an operating nuclear power station. These immersive experiences helped to bring the concepts we learned to life.

The MPhil in Nuclear Energy opened doors for me in the energy industry, aiding me to secure multiple job offers. But more importantly, it opened the door to further study and research. I'm now six months into a PhD program with the nuclear research group at Cambridge and I’m finding the knowledge and skills I developed during my MPhil studies to be invaluable.

As an outward-looking young engineer with a clear ambition to tackle climate change, I wanted to learn in an international environment on a topic that I believed will play a big role in the clean energy transition – nuclear energy. The MPhil in Nuclear Energy at the University of Cambridge covered everything on that checklist.

I enjoyed how the course was not solely theoretical but had a very broad perspective on nuclear energy, in particular the policy, business, and societal aspects in the 21st century. The course also organizes many field-trips and is a platform to meet many interesting people from the industry.

After graduating I started working as a research project leader at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, collaborating in nuclear fuels research and irradiation experiments. I am grateful to the MPhil as it was the ideal preparation. Next to the career support team at Cambridge, I also received much guidance and help from my supervisors within the MPhil.

Finally, Cambridge is also a lot about fun. I was able to try out many different sports, and I’m happy to have met all the interesting people, from course and college alike.

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