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Students at the University of Cambridge typically become members of a College, which provides pastoral support within a stimulating academic community. 

Wolfson College, Robinson College and Fitzwilliam College serve as the main hosts for the programme and are where the majority of our students find membership. Wolfson was founded especially for postgraduate and mature students and is one of only a few Colleges that cater specifically for the needs of part-time students, including offering accommodation and regular formal dining outside the normal University terms (which is when the residential workshops take place). Robinson also has a thriving graduate community and a good support network for graduate students. Robinson is well known for its beautiful gardens, excellent graduate accommodation and is centrally located near to the University Library and to the science departments located on the West Cambridge site. Fitzwilliam College has an active and friendly graduate community, admitting MSt candidates from courses including Advanced Subject Teaching, Genomic Medicine and Applied Criminology and Police Management. The College has an increasingly central location in relation to the University's expansion towards the north and west of Cambridge.

2013 Graduation of Wolfson College Members

Due to significant demand for college membership, we recommend that applicants applying to join Cohort 13 commencing in autumn 2022 apply to become a member of Fitzwilliam or Robinson College. If you choose to apply to another College, please be aware that it might not be successful and we cannot guarantee that you will receive similar levels of support, especially outside the normal University terms. If you do not indicate a preference for a particular College, then your application will be submitted to Fitzwilliam or Robinson College.

Once a College member, you will remain a member for life, and this typically includes some on-going opportunity to book accommodation and formal dinners, and being invited to College alumni events.

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For Cohort 13 starting in 2022 the programme is expected to be delivered at a range of venues across Cambridge, ensuring that participants experience the breadth of resources that the University has to offer. This may include lectures at the associated departments and dinners in historic colleges.



To foster a collegiate atmosphere during the intensive workshops, we block book accommodation, usually at Wolfson, Robinson or Fitzwilliam College. College accommodation is of a reasonable quality and rooms have basic furnishing and en suite bathrooms; however it does not provide full hotel standards of service and convenience.

Students are not obliged to take up the offer of accommodation; however staying in College is encouraged, since it offers practical benefits and enhances the experience of Cambridge student life. Accommodation at these colleges is also very reasonably priced, especially for members of the College.


Formal dinners 

At residential workshops, complimentary/optional formal dinners are held at other Colleges such as Jesus, Emmanuel, St Catharine’s, Queen's, Peterhouse and Trinity Hall.

CISL is monitoring the Covid-19 situation and responding accordingly to UK Government and University advice. At present, we expect to deliver our Graduate programmes starting in 2022 as advertised. We are well equipped to deliver dynamic and engaging workshops remotely, should the situation demand. Find out moreFind out more.

Blog: First-class postgraduate education in a Covid-19 world


Programme overview


Meet the Directors

Join a webinar session hosted by the Directors of our part-time postgraduate courses as they give you an overview of our programmes and admissions process for 2022 applications and can answer your questions.


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