There are 31 Colleges affilitated with the University, each with its own unique character. Colleges are independent of the University but have a complex relationship with it. It is necessary to have membership of a College to be registered as a graduate student, whether full or part-time.
The University provides teaching and research supervision for graduate students, and the Colleges provide pastoral support within a stimulating academic community.
All Colleges within the University of Cambridge accept graduate students, although numbers vary between Colleges. All Colleges welcome applicants from any country, and of any race, religion or background.