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University of Cambridge

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Established in 1209, the University of Cambridge is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the small city of Cambridge (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), East of England. Officially recognized/chartered by the Privy Council, University of Cambridge is a large-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 20,000-24,999 students) coeducational UK higher education institution. University of Cambridge offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor's degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation), bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study table below for further details. This 814-year-old UK higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic records and grades. The acceptance rate range is 10-19% making this UK higher education organization an extremely selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. University of Cambridge also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.

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University Identity

Founded 1209
Motto Hinc lucem et pocula sacra
From here, light and sacred draughts
Colours Cambridge blue

University Location

Address The Old Schools, Trinity Lane
CB2 1TN East of England
United Kingdom
Tel +44 (1223) 337 733
Fax +44 (1223) 332 332

University of Cambridge's location map and satellite view Location Map and Satellite View

Study Areas and Degree Levels


What is the difference between generalist and specialized universities?

Generalist universities offer a broad range of subjects and courses that allow students to explore different fields of study, or study areas, before choosing a major. They also provide students with a well-rounded education that can be applied to many different careers. On the other hand, specialized universities focus on a specific field of study and offer more in-depth courses and training in that field. This can be beneficial for students who know exactly what they want to do and want to gain specialized knowledge and skills in their chosen field.
Most higher education institutions offer a range of degree levels, from undergraduate to postgraduate degrees. However, some universities may offer more degree levels than others. In particular, larger-sized universities usually offer a wider selection of undergraduate and postgraduate degree types and levels.

Study Areas and Degree Levels Matrix

The following uniRank Study Areas/Degree Levels Matrix is divided into 6 main study areas and 4 levels of degrees, from the lowest undergraduate degree to the highest postgraduate degree. This uniRank table aims to help quickly identify the University of Cambridge's academic range and degree level offering.

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Programs and courses


What are University programs and courses?

University programs and courses are academic programs of study offered by universities, colleges and other higher education institutions. These programs and courses are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in a particular field of study or career. In many countries, the terms "university courses" and "university programs" are used interchangeably whereas in the US university programs usually consist of a set of required courses that cover the fundamental concepts and principles of a field of study, as well as a selection of elective courses that allow students to specialize in a particular area of interest.

Programs and courses

uniRank publishes the following list of University of Cambridge 's programs and courses or, if not available, the main fields of study for each level and type of degree offered; feel free to submit any missing course or program.

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic BA Hons, 3 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Archaeology BA Hons, 3 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Architecture BA Hons, 3 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Asian and Middle Eastern Studies BA Hons, 4 yrs
  • Bachelor of Theology (Hons) - Bachelor of Theology for Ministry BTh Hons, 2 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Classics BA Hons, 3 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Classics (4 years) BA Hons, 4 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Computer Science BA Hons, 3 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Economics BA Hons, 3 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Education BA Hons, 3 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - English BA Hons, 3 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Geography BA Hons, 3 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - History BA Hons, 3 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - History of Art BA Hons, 3 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - History with Modern Languages BA Hons, 4 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - History with Politics BA Hons, 3 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Human, Social, and Political Sciences BA Hons, 3 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Land Economy BA Hons, 3 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Law BA Hons, 3 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Linguistics BA Hons, 3 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Mathematics BA Hons, 3 yrs
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Hons) - Medicine MB,BChir Hons, 6 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Modern and Medieval Languages BA Hons, 4 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Music BA Hons, 3 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Natural Sciences BA Hons, 3 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Philosophy BA Hons, 3 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Psychological and Behavioural Sciences BA Hons, 3 yrs
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion BA Hons, 3 yrs
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (Hons) - Veterinary Medicine Vet.M.B Hons, 6 yrs
  • Master of Engineering (Hons) - Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology MEng Hons, 4 yrs
  • Master of Engineering (Hons) - Engineering MEng Hons, 4 yrs
  • Yearly Tuition


    Yearly tuition refers to the amount of money that a student is charged by a University for one academic year of full-time study...

    However, the cost of yearly tuition can vary widely depending on the University of Cambridge's program of study, the specific type of degree, the student's residency status and other criteria. Moreover, tuition is just one component of the overall cost of attending university. Other expenses, such as room and board, textbooks and personal expenses can add significantly to the total cost of attendance and depends on the United Kingdom's cost of living.

    Yearly Tuition Range Matrix

    This uniRank Tuition Range Matrix is divided into 2 types of students (local and international students) and 2 degree levels (undergraduate and postgraduate degrees) and aims to help students to have an approximate idea of the yearly tuition range they might expect to pay at the University of Cambridge.

    uniRank Tuition Range Matrix
    Undergraduate Postgraduate
    12,500-14,999 US$
    (11,390-13,670 Euro)
    7,500-9,999 US$
    (6,830-9,110 Euro)
    over 20,000 US$
    (18,225 Euro)
    15,000-17,499 US$
    (13,670-15,950 Euro)

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    Admissions Info


    Admission is the first step towards achieving students' academic and career goals and accessing the many opportunities and resources that a university has to offer...

    Admission policies may change by country, type of higher education institution and the specific programs or majors offered by the institution. Prospective students should carefully review the admission policies and requirements of each institution they are considering to determine their eligibility and, if the institution is selective and does not have an open admission policy, prepare a strong application.

    Admission Info and stats

    uniRank publishes below an overview of the most important information about the University of Cambridge's admission policy and statistics.

    Admission Info

    uniRank publishes below some basic admission information for the University of Cambridge.

    Admission Gender

    This institution admits Men and Women (coed).

    Admission Selection

    Has the University of Cambridge a selective admission policy? Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic records and grades.

    Acceptance Rate Admission Rate

    University of Cambridge's acceptance rate range is 10-19% making this institution an extremely selective higher education institution.

    International Admissions

    International students are welcome to apply for admission at this institution.

    Admission Office Admission Office

    Fitzwilliam House
    Cambridge CB2 1QY
    (1223) 333 308

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    Size and Profile


    University size and profile can be important factors to consider when choosing a university or assessing its value. Here are some potential reasons why...

    • Resources: a larger university may have more resources available to its students, including research facilities, libraries, and extracurricular activities. However, a smaller university may offer a more personalized experience and smaller class sizes.
    • Diversity: the size and profile of a university can impact the diversity of its student body, faculty and curriculum. Larger universities may attract more international students and offer a wider range of academic programs, while smaller universities may have a more homogenous population.
    • Networking: a larger university may offer more opportunities for networking and building connections with other students and professionals in your field, but smaller universities may offer a tighter-knit community and more personalized networking opportunities.
    • Quality of Education: a university with a lower student-staff ratio typically means that students will receive more personalized attention from their instructors. This can lead to more individualized instruction, more opportunities for feedback and guidance and a better learning experience overall.
    • Location: campus setting can have an impact on students' access to resources, cost of living, transportation, social life and safety.
    • Religious affiliation: while it may not be the most important factor for everyone, understanding the religious affiliation of a university can help students determine if it aligns with their personal beliefs and provide a unique academic and spiritual experience.

    Overall, the importance of university size and profile can vary depending on the student's individual goals, beliefs and priorities. It is important to consider these factors along with other important criteria, such as academic programs, location, cost and university culture.

    Size and Profile

    uniRank publishes below some major size and profile indicators for the University of Cambridge.

    Student Enrollment

    University of Cambridge has a student enrollment range of 20,000-24,999 making it a large-sized institution.

    Academic Staff

    This institution has a range of over-5,000 academic employees (Faculty).

    Control Type Control Type

    University of Cambridge is a public higher education institution.

    Entity Type

    University of Cambridge is a non-profit higher education institution.

    Academic Calendar

    This institution adopts a Trimesters type of academic calendar.

    Campus Setting Campus Setting

    This institution's main campus is located in a Urban setting.

    Religious Affiliation

    The University of Cambridge does not have any religious affiliation.

    Facilities and Services


    What are University facilities and services and what facilities and services does the University of Cambridge offer?

    University facilities and services refer to the physical infrastructure and resources provided by a university to support its academic and research activities, as well as the well-being of its students, faculty and staff. Some examples of university facilities and services are classrooms and lecture halls, libraries, laboratories, housing, dining services, health services, sports and fitness facilities, financial aids, career or academic counseling services, technology and computing resources, distance learning and study abroad services.

    Facilities and Services

    uniRank provides below an overview of the facilities and services offered by the University of Cambridge.


    This institution has a physical Library for its students. Go to the University of Cambridge's Library


    This higher education institution provides on-campus residences or dormitories and/or off-campus accommodation to its students.

    Sport Facilities

    This institution has sporting facilities and organizes sports activities for its students.

    Financial Aids

    This higher education institution offers one or more types of financial aid (i.e. scholarships, grants, loans, tuition waivers, emergency financial aid, etc.) for eligible students.

    Study Abroad

    This institution provides study abroad and exchange program opportunities for its students.

    Distance Learning

    Not reported

    Academic Counseling Academic Counseling

    Not reported

    Career Services Career Services

    Not reported

    Institutional Hospital Institutional Hospital

    This institution has an institutional hospital that is owned and operated by the university. Institutional hospitals are typically affiliated with medical schools and provide a range of medical services to patients, while also serving as a teaching hospital for medical students and residents.

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    Recognition and Accreditation


    There are different types of legal recognition and quality assessment of higher education institutions around the world, depending on the country and its legal and higher education system...

    • Institutional legal recognition: institutional legal recognition of a University refers to the formal recognition of the university's legal status by the government of a country. Legally recognized higher education institutions are chartered, registered and/or licensed by government bodies to be legal entities authorized to teach at the tertiary level.
    • Institutional accreditation: institutional accreditation is a type of additional quality assessment that evaluates the overall quality of an institution as a whole. Institutional accrediting bodies assess a University's overall mission, governance, leadership, faculty qualifications, student support services, financial stability and academic offering. Institutional accreditation is a concept that mainly exists in the US higher education system and a few other countries. So if you plan to study in the United States make sure that the University you choose is not only registered or licensed but officially accredited by a recognized accrediting body. In the US uniRank only includes accredited institutions.
    • Programmatic or specialized accreditation: programmatic or specialized accreditation, on the other hand, is a type of accreditation that evaluates and accredits specific academic programs within a University. Programmatic accreditation, granted by specialized national or international accrediting bodies, assesses the quality and rigor of a program's curriculum, faculty qualifications, student outcomes and resources and is focused on ensuring that a specific program or course meets industry standards and requirements.

    uniRank provides, for each University, the name of the organization that has officially granted institutional legal recognition or accreditation. For some Universities uniRank also provides a list of programmatic or specialized accreditations that, however, might be not complete or up-to-date.

    Institutional Recognition or Accreditation

    The University of Cambridge is legally recognized and/or accredited by: Privy Council

    Year of first Recognition or Accreditation


    Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

    uniRank publishes the following list of the most important University of Cambridge 's programmatic accreditations; feel free to submit any relevant missing specialized accreditations.

    • British Psychological Society (BPS)
    • Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)
    • European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE)
    • European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD-EQUIS)
    • General Medical Council (GMC)
    • Geological Society
    • Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)
    • Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
    • Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC)
    • Institute of Physics (IOP)
    • Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)
    • Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
    • Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
    • Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
    • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
    • Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
    • Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
    • Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
    • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
    • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

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    Memberships and Affiliations


    University memberships and affiliations to external organizations can be important for several reasons...

    • Collaboration and networking: they can provide opportunities for collaboration and networking with other universities, academic institutions and industry partners. This can lead to joint research projects, sharing of resources and expertise and collaborations on educational programs and initiatives.
    • Access to resources: they can provide access to a wide range of resources, including research facilities, academic journals and funding opportunities. This can be especially beneficial for smaller or less well-resourced universities, which may not have the same level of access to resources as larger and more established institutions.
    • Quality assurance: membership in professional or industry organizations can provide a level of quality assurance for Universities, ensuring that they meet certain standards and requirements in terms of academic programs, research and student support services. However, membership in an organization does not necessarily imply a formal accreditation or quality assurance process for the University's programs.
    • Recognition and reputation: membership in prestigious or exclusive organizations can enhance the reputation and recognition of a university, both locally and internationally. This can lead to increased visibility and opportunities for collaboration and partnerships.
    • Internationalization: memberships and affiliations can facilitate internationalization efforts, including student and faculty exchange programs, joint research initiatives and collaborations with international partners. This can help to broaden the global perspective of a university and provide opportunities for students and faculty to gain international experience and exposure.

    Overall, university memberships and affiliations can provide a range of benefits for Universities and its stakeholders (students, faculty and staff), including collaboration and networking opportunities, access to resources, quality assurance, recognition, reputation and internationalization.

    Affiliations and Memberships

    uniRank publishes the following list of the most important University of Cambridge 's affiliations and memberships; feel free to submit any relevant missing higher education-related organizations this university is affiliated with.

    • Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
    • European University Association (EUA)
    • International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU)
    • League of European Research Universities (LERU)
    • Coimbra GroupRussell Group
    • Universities UK

    Academic Structure


    Most higher education institutions' first-level academic divisions are, depending on the country, one of the following...

    • Colleges
    • Faculties
    • Schools
    • Institutes
    • Academies
    • Departments
    • Divisions
    • Centers

    Academic divisions can provide valuable insights into the range of disciplines and study areas a University focuses on and the institution's level of specialization. Generalist Universities typically offer a wide range of academic programs and have many academic divisions and subdivisions across different disciplines, while Specialized Universities tend to focus on a narrower range of programs within a specific field or industry and have fewer academic divisions and a simplified organizational structure.

    Academic Structure

    uniRank provides below a structural diagram of the first-level academic divisions of the University of Cambridge 's organizational structure; feel free to submit any relevant missing division.


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    Social Media


    Social media can be a powerful tool for Universities to communicate with current students, alumni, faculty, staff and the wider community. But how can social media be important for prospective students?

    Here are some ways in which the official University of Cambridge's social media channels can help potential students to understand and assess this or any university:

    • Researching universities: social media can be a useful tool for researching universities that prospective students may be interested in attending. By following the University of Cambridge on social media, potential students can learn more about the university's culture, values, academic programs and campus life. They can also engage with current students and alumni to get a sense of their experiences and valuable perspectives from the inside.
    • Engagement with the University: social media allows the University of Cambridge to engage with prospective students by answering questions, sharing news and events and showcasing the university's offerings. Potential students can appraise how up-to-date and relevant is the content published through social media and how prompt and efficient the University of Cambridge is in answering their queries.

    Overall, social media can provide valuable insights to prospective students and other stakeholders into the University of Cambridge's profile and level of engagement.

    Social Media

    uniRank publishes brief reviews, rankings and metrics of some University of Cambridge's social media channels as a starting point for comparison and an additional selection tool for potential applicants.

    Facebook Facebook

    University of Cambridge's Facebook page review University of Cambridge's official Facebook page

    Twitter Twitter

    University of Cambridge's Twitter page review University of Cambridge's official Twitter page

    YouTube YouTube

    University of Cambridge's YouTube channel review University of Cambridge's official YouTube channel

    Instagram Instagram

    University of Cambridge's Instagram page review University of Cambridge's official Instagram channel

    LinkedIn LinkedIn

    University of Cambridge's main LinkedIn profile

    TikTok TikTok

    University of Cambridge's official TikTok channel

    Online Courses

    Open Education Global Open Education Global

    This higher education institution is not a member of the Open Education Global (OEGlobal) organization that is developing, implementing and supporting free open education.

    Video Presentation

    Not available; please submit an official general video presentation of this higher education institution.

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