Studying at Hughes Hall
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.
Hughes Hall has a distinctive friendly and scholarly atmosphere engendered by our unique history and academic purpose. The College began life in the 1880s, a pioneer 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 almost every subject area offered by the University of Cambridge and we are proud of the diversity of nationalities and academic subjects represented among our 500-550 students.
In addition to our pioneering tradition of training in Education, we have distinctive strengths in Medicine and the Biological sciences, the various domains of Engineering including physical and applied Mathematical sciences, the study of Law, as well as studies in Business and Economics including Land Economy. The Academic Life pages outline the broad areas of academic interest amongst the students and senior membership, and the Fellows and Senior Members pages provide more detail on Fellows’ research and teaching interests, as well as indicating the main Directors of Studies and other formal posts.
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.
We also offer a wide variety of sports clubs and social societies ranging from Chess, Music, Poker, and Film, to Rubgy, Rowing, and Badminton. A full list is available on the MCR website.
For more information about choosing a college, and what college membership offers, see the college membership page.
The Recent Referendum
Britain’s decision to leave the EU has caused widespread uncertainty about what the future holds both within and beyond the UK. We would like to stress that both Hughes Hall and the University of Cambridge are totally committed to ensuring that all our existing and incoming students get the best possible educational and social experience whilst they are with us.
We have written to everybody holding an offer of a place at Hughes Hall to allay any concerns that they may have: nothing has changed for students who take up a place in 2016, be they from the UK, EU or elsewhere.
The College will play its part to work with the University to support and enhance the opportunities that Cambridge and the UK higher education sector offers to researchers, staff, and students coming from all over the world.
A fuller summary of the College’s position on the referendum is available here.