Postgraduate students at Hughes Hall may be following full-time or part-time programmes, and together they represent almost every discipline offered at Cambridge.
The College has a collegiate and informal atmosphere which means that students and senior members of college may find themselves sitting together in the dining hall, chatting over pre-dinner drinks on Formal Hall nights, or discussing live issues over coffee in the Peter Richards Room as much as in an organized seminar or debate. One of the great strengths of college life is the opportunity to exchange ideas and foster collaborations between the disciplines, as well as within them.
Every year, around 80% of the student body comprises postgraduates: about half of these are on PhD programmes, with the other half taking MPhil courses or professional qualifications, such as the MBA. At the beginning of the academic year, every student is assigned to one of the subject areas (Law, Biomedicine, Business and Economics, Education, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, or HASS – Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences) according to their primary academic programme. Seniors also belong to the same areas, and an email list is used to inform target audiences of internal or external events of interest. Internally, there are Welcome Events, Research Showcase evenings, seminars, career focussed events, or symposia organised by both students and Fellows. External events at Hughes Hall include those hosted by associated bodies, such as the PHG Foundation, Cambridge- Africa, CDI, Governance Lab, and the Oracy Centre.