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Postgraduate Study


Our part-time programmes offer a more flexible way to study for a research degree at the University of 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 and wish to develop their careers while they continue earning, or for those who are 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 and many part-time researchers choose to focus on professional and work-related topics in their research.

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

There are different types of part-time study administered by different bodies, including the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) and the Cambridge Judge Business School.

Unlike part-time degrees at many universities, the part-time courses at the University of Cambridge are not distance learning degrees where all study is undertaken remotely. For research students, you would be required to attend Cambridge and undergo formal supervision with your supervisor at a frequency agreed between your supervisor and you and determined by the nature of your project. In general, we would expect you be in attendance in Cambridge for around 45 days per year, spread throughout the year, for supervision and training.

The Institute of Continuing Education, however, does offer some fully online non-degree courses. For more information visit the ICE website.

You are advised to contact your chosen Department directly for more information on the expectations of part-time students and their training and assessment requirements as these may vary between Departments and programmes. In all cases, you will be expected to actively engage in, and benefit fully from, the intellectual and social experiences of Cambridge life.

Please see our PDF icon Part-time Postgraduate Study booklet for further information about applying for part-time study.

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