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Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Hughes Hall was founded in 1885 to train women teachers, and proudly continues this tradition with both men and women. Each year we provide rooms for about 45 students taking the Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), and these students quickly become an integral part of college life. They enjoy the College’s good food and accommodation while having proximity to the Faculty without living on top of it.

Education permeates the College more widely, with several senior Education Faculty members as Fellows and many students taking graduate degrees in Education. There are a number of educationally focused events, including a special Matriculation Dinner.

For more information about applying for study, please see the pages on applying for postgraduate study.

For more information about the research interests of the College’s senior membership in Education, please see the the Education subject area pages.

Cambridge Graduate Course in Medicine

Hughes Hall has a strong medical tradition. A former President, Prof Peter Richards, was an early promoter of Graduate Entry Medicine at Cambridge. The College’s fellowship has a high proportion of Fellows involved in both Clinical and Academic Medical Research, and in recent years two of our Fellows have been recipients of the prestigious Pilkington Prize for Excellence in Teaching. (For more information on the work of the College’s senior membership in Biological and Medical Sciences, please see the subject group page.)

Hughes Hall offers ten places a year to applicants wishing to study graduate entry medicine. It is one of four colleges together with Lucy Cavendish, St Edmund’s and Wolfson Colleges, offering places to students on the Cambridge Graduate Course in Medical (CGCM). This course aims to bring into medicine people with wider experiences and broader perspectives, thus allowing graduates from many different disciplines to undertake the MB BChir degree. The degree admits approximately 40 graduates per year. It is now only open to students who are eligible for UK/Home fee status; please see the University’s tuition fee status page for more information.

Hughes Hall does not have places for standard or affiliated medical students (A100). As medicine is a quota subject, applicants who wish to apply for both the affiliated and CGCM courses, must apply to Wolfson, St. Edmund’s or Lucy Cavendish.

The Graduate Course in Medicine is a 3 year, 9 month course. The first two years follow the standard academic course with clinical attachments in vacations. The Clinical School website has a description of the course structure.

How to Apply

  • The deadline for application via UCAS is 15th October every year
  • In addition, you need to complete the CGCM application form, which is available from the University’s course page
  • No application is complete without both your UCAS and the specific Cambridge Graduate Course in Medicine Application forms

Please note that the application form can be updated between admissions rounds; ensure you use the latest version of the application.

Additional Information

There is more information on the following websites. The links will allow you to view the most recent updates or changes to the course or applications procedures.

Open Days

Further admissions surgeries for students wanting advice about applying for the CGCM will be held each year.  Details will be published on the open days and visiting the College section of our website. Alternatively, please contact the Academic Office for further details.

Information on University Open Days can be found on the University’s online undergraduate prospectus.

Organisers of the CGCM course will attend the University Open Days to give a course overview and a general introduction for prospective graduate medical students. This is also a good opportunity to visit the Colleges.

If you have any questions that haven’t been answered here please email admissions@hughes.cam.ac.uk.