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Undergraduate Study


Cambridge is structured differently from other universities, and these differences make Cambridge special. To help you get started let us explain the basics.

The Cambridge Advantage: Our courses

Cambridge is one of the best universities in the world, offering undergraduate degree courses (also called Triposes at Cambridge) in the arts and humanities, social sciences, sciences and engineering.

Flexibility – many of our courses encompass several subjects, which means they're much more flexible than a lot of specialised courses elsewhere. We offer more than 65 subjects within our 30 undergraduate courses – take a look at the course outlines in the courses profiles and the subject A-Z for details.

Exploration – most of our courses cover the subject area broadly to start with before allowing you to choose from a range of specialisms. This means you can explore the subject and your strengths and interests fully before you decide which area to focus on.

A collegiate university: who does what?

Cambridge is a ‘collegiate’ university – it’s made up of faculties/departments in different academic subjects and Colleges.

The key functions that the University (through its faculties/departments) and Colleges are responsible for are outlined below, to show how it all fits together.

The University: The Colleges:
  • determines course content
  • organises lectures, seminars, practicals and projects
  • sets and marks examinations
  • awards degrees
  • admit undergraduate students
  • organise small-group teaching (supervisions)
  • offer accommodation, places to eat and recreational facilities
  • provide pastoral and academic care

We've included some advice on choosing a College and profiles of each College in the Colleges section.

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