Choosing a Cambridge college for postgraduate

About the College

Choosing a Cambridge College for postgraduate study can seem like a confusing process, but guidance on the University website and individual college sites can help make that easier. All postgraduate applicants can indicate a preferred College on their application, or leave their preference “open” if they wish. We believe Churchill College offers a friendly, collaborative and multidisciplinary community for postgraduates with excellent facilities and student support. There is guidance on applying on the application process page.

Churchill College is unique in having a large parkland site of 42 acres (see the 360° panorama of  the central lawn and the back fields). We are adjacent to a number of major academic departments and research centres, and half a mile from the University Library and the historic city centre. The College’s original buildings are the first Modernist scheme implemented in Cambridge; they reflect a coherent and distinctive architectural style that is emblematic of the vision and ambition of the College’s origins, and incorporate window bays jutting over lawns and gardens in almost every part of the campus. The dining hall and Buttery (the College’s café/bar) can be seen on the panorama pages. Artworks from the College’s remarkable collection of paintings and sculptures include work by Andy Warhol, Barbara Hepworth, Dhruva Mistry, Peter Lanyon, and others.



The College is on the “Universal” bus route providing a regular, subsidised and sustainable (fully electric) bus service to almost every part of the University. A lively College boat club has a modern boathouse, and we are the nearest College to the University Sports Centre – though we have sports fields, and other facilities including squash courts and a gym, as well as a dance studio and a music centre with a recording studio and recital spaces, on our own site. There is more information about the wider facilities on these pages.

Churchill College was established in the aftermath of the Second World War with a vision to activate research and study in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with creativity and innovation, and to animate Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences research to unlock their critical and analytic capacity. Postgraduate students were central to that purpose when the College was established in 1960; the first 25 students were all postgraduates. That first cohort included students from Australia, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Nigeria and the United Kingdom, and we continue to have a highly international community of postgraduates who continue the College’s multidisciplinary and innovative academic mission, making up half the student body of the College.

We are proud of the College’s friendly community of academically excellent scholars, at undergraduate, postgraduate and senior level, and we welcome interest from innovative and creative applicants looking for a distinctive and multidisciplinary home when they are choosing a Cambridge college for postgraduate study.


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Choosing a Cambridge college for postgraduate - bust of Winston Churchill at Churchill College