Hughes Hall began life in the 1880s with a history of pioneering in the provision of education to women teachers, and has welcomed graduate students of all genders in a wide range of subjects for over fifty years. Today, the College welcomes applications for mature undergraduate (over 21 years old) and postgraduate study in every subject offered by the University of Cambridge. The College is proud of the diversity of nationalities and academic subjects represented among our 500-550 students covering all the degrees offered at Cambridge. An indication of the breadth and depth of the College’s main academic areas can be found in the Academic Life section of the website.

Every student of the University must also be a member of one of the colleges. Degrees and other qualifications are administered and awarded by the University, but admission to a college is a requirement of enrolment in any course. Information on the process of selecting a college is available on the University’s Graduate Admissions College Membership page, and the process for those applying for undergraduate degrees is described on the University’s Undergraduate Study Applying page. (More information is also available in the menu to the left.)

As well as welcoming students studying for the full breadth of Cambridge University subjects, Hughes Hall has a distinguished tradition of supporting those training in Education, and a special interest in interdisciplinary fields and those which span academic rigour and practical and professional excellence. Alongside Education, the College’s student body is especially active in Medicine and the Biological sciences, the spectrum of Engineering taking in physical and applied Mathematical sciences, Business and Economics including Land Economy, and Law.

With excellent facilities, a special interest in catering to the needs of mature and graduate students, and a wonderful location close to the centre of the City – yet with the tranquility of the University’s cricket ground which it overlooks – Hughes Hall provides a unique context for mature students of the University.

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