The University of Cambridge is a confederation of Schools, Faculties, Departments and Colleges. The Colleges are governed by their own statutes and regulations, but are integral to the make-up of the University.


Students live, eat and socialise in one of the University’s 31 Colleges. Undergraduates receive College supervisions – small group teaching sessions that are regarded as one of the best teaching models in the world.

Each College is autonomous and selects its own students, subject to University regulations, and most admit both undergraduate and postgraduate students. College representatives sit on the University Council and Finance Committee.

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There are six Schools, each of which constitutes an administrative grouping of Faculties and other institutions. They are: Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Technology.

There is a Council of each School – including representatives of its Faculties and Departments. The Schools are represented on the General Board.

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Faculties and Departments

University Faculties organise teaching and research into individual subjects or groups of subjects. Their work is normally organised into sub-divisions called Departments.

Centres of studies are controlled by committees of management, bringing together representatives from several disciplines.

Links to all of the Schools', Faculties' and Departments' websites can be found in the Department A-Z.

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Non-School Institutions

Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Cambridge University Press & Assessment publishes and creates world-leading content and examinations that are used around the world. The organisation exists to further the University’s objective to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. The trusted qualifications and assessments that it offers through its three exam boards (Cambridge Assessment EnglishCambridge Assessment International Education and OCR) are used by more than 8 million learners each year. And it currently publishes more than 380 peer-reviewed academic journals and more than 33,000 e-books that help to spread knowledge, spark curiosity and aid understanding in nearly every country in the world.

The organisation also gives vital support to teachers and schools globally, shaping curricula and education systems, and its range of research-based admissions tests connect universities, governments and employers to applicants around the world.

Institute of Continuing Education

The University's Institute of Continuing Education was founded in 1873 and provides accessible, flexible and high-quality education to adults throughout their lives. It offers over 250 courses covering a variety of academic disciplines and subject areas in a wide range of formats. The Institute's aim is to form supportive communities of learning where expert teachers and adult students work together as peers to achieve personal and collective educational goals, be it as a first step in higher education or progressing to mid-career postgraduate studies.