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Postgraduate Study


Cambridge has a vibrant and diverse international student community. Some of our international postgraduates have shared their stories so that you can find out more about student life here.

Follow the links below to read about what led these students to postgraduate study, their experience of the application process, and their time at Cambridge.


Lu, from China

‘Cambridge is full of intelligent and passionate people; the atmosphere of learning is great – and if you’re surrounded by intelligent people you learn from them’

Lu is a PhD candidate at St John’s College. Based in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, his research focuses on biodegradable polymers.

Read Lu's story

Akhila, from India

'The fact there is such a big international community somehow makes me feel closer to home’

Akhila is a PhD candidate at Murray Edwards College. Based in the Department of Chemistry, her research focuses on the electrical interactions within living systems at a cellular level.

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Kelsey, from USA

'I have really come to love this little city. Being able to explore the beautiful colleges and walk around such historic and picturesque architecture, is mindblowing’

Kelsey is a PhD candidate at Hughes Hall. Based in the Faculty of Education, her research focuses on the role of play in paediatric healthcare, with a specific interest in children’s own perspectives of play during hospitalisation.

Read Kelsey's story

Nilesh, from India

‘There are lots of opportunities to connect with industry, and lots of networking events to help you get to know what others are doing’

Nilesh is a PhD candidate at Christ’s College. Based in the Department of Pharmacology, his research focuses on a new cancer gene therapy

Read Nilesh's story


Alex, from USA

‘There’s a great community at Cambridge - you’re always interacting and making connections with different people’

Alex chose to study for an MPhil degree in Physics at Churchill College. Based in the NanoPhotonics Centre, his research focuses on light and nanotechnology.

Read Alex's story

Huijie, from China

'The University Careers Service is a huge benefit, and the network of alumni is extraordinary’

Huijie is a PhD candidate at Trinity College. Based in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, her research focuses on myocardial regeneration

Read Huijie's story