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Postgraduate Study


Our part-time programmes offer a more flexible way to study for a degree at Cambridge, meaning you can fit your studies around your career and other commitments.

Part-time study can be ideal for those who are:

  • looking to gain a postgraduate qualification without leaving employment
  • wish to develop their careers while they continue earning
  • home-based and wish to develop their skills

Part-time research degrees are particularly well-suited to those looking to undertake research in an area related to their current professional environment. 

Part-time courses at Cambridge

You can filter the course search in the Course Directory to view courses that are offered part-time.

Different types of part-time study are available from different parts of the University, including the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) and the Cambridge Judge Business School.

Unlike many other universities, part-time degrees at Cambridge are not distance learning, where study is undertaken remotely (although ICE does offer some non-degree online courses).

  • For taught programmes, you will be expected to attend Cambridge for lectures, to complete assessments and for other activities as required. 
  • For research students, you are required to attend Cambridge for around 45 days a year, for formal supervision and training.

In all cases, you will be expected to actively engage in the intellectual and social experiences of Cambridge life.

The time that part-time students spend in Cambridge makes up just a part of their study commitment. Students are required to study for a set proportion of the full-time commitment.  

  • For PhD students, this proportion can be set at either 60% or 75% of full-time study, in consultation with a department.  
  • For MPhil students, the proportion is set at 50%.  

Applicants should check the course directory for any specific part-time study arrangements that apply. 

Further information

Read our PDF icon Part-time Postgraduate Study booklet for more information, including guidance on fees and costs, how to apply and immigration requirements for international applicants.


Part-time Portal

This page is part of the portal for Part-time Applicants

As a part-time student, I was concerned that I would miss out on a lot. However that wasn’t the case, my experience at Cambridge has exceeded my expectations and I have really enjoyed my time here.

Christopher, MEd in Researching Practice