PHD, Masters & PGCE

PhD

About a third of our student body are Doctoral students, whose days are largely spent in labs and libraries supervised by world-class experts. Nevertheless, the College can provide ingredients for academic development that Departments and Faculties cannot offer. In particular, we are large enough to be genuinely multidisciplinary, yet small enough to foster both interdisciplinary learning and friendship.

We hold various receptions, seminars, talks, academic evenings, dinners and other occasions, arranged by the College and by students. These allow you to meet other research students or senior academics, in your own or other disciplines, formally and informally. There are opportunities to learn writing and presentational skills, and to present your research to non-experts in the student-run ‘Hat Club’ (don’t ask about the name!). We also have a group of about 25 Post-Doctoral Research Associates and Research Fellows, all willing to help Doctoral students in their discipline.

And of course, research students will also want to relax with various societies, sports, and music – or simply socialise in the bar and common room.

Masters

We believe that a core part of our purpose is to improve societies through education

Masters students make up 40 percent of our student body: each year over 200 students from over 60 countries. We warmly welcome you!

We believe that a core part of our purpose is to improve societies through education, providing a bridge from the academic world of Cambridge to the global professional world and international communities. So we want to encourage adventurous graduates who will make their mark on the world.

Most of you will return to your own communities and apply what you have learnt at Cambridge. Each year we bring different policy makers and practitioners to the College for lectures, seminars, and dinners, to share different perspectives on what it takes to create real-world impact.

We also provide opportunities for interdisciplinary conversations between different groups of students. The spark created from combining perspectives often inspires new practical solutions.

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.

  • “Hughes Hall has been such a fantastic place to be – I’m not sure how I would have made it through such an intensely demanding year without it to be honest! Everyone is so friendly and close knit and tutors do their utmost to support you in any way they can.” Pippa, Early Years, 2013-2014.
  • “My time at Hughes Hall… has been a thorougly enjoyable experience… The close knit community of PGCE students has enabled me to make some great friends who shared in the trials and tribulations of the year.” Alice, Primary, 2013-2014.
  • “I have thoroughly enjoyed being a student at Hughes Hall. Living with other PGCE students, who are studying all sorts of subjects is a great experience… I have made lifelong friends at Hughes and I am so pleased that I chose to be part of the College.” Siobhan, Early Years, 2013-2014.

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

“Hughes Hall has been such a fantastic place to be – I’m not sure how I would have made it through such an intensely demanding year without it to be honest!"