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Why Girton

Whoever you are, whatever your background, you are very welcome here at Girton.

We are a College that knows and takes an interest in every student as an individual. There is tradition of inclusion, and a well-developed ethic of care. We encourage personal development by offering excellent academic and pastoral support. This environment offers every student the opportunity to achieve their very best. 

College Support 

All Cambridge students are members of a college as well as the University. Broadly-speaking, the University provides teaching and research supervision. The College is the hub of your social and academic community, offering moral support, companionship and intellectual enrichment.  For more explanation about the relationship between Departments, Colleges and the University, click here.  

The College has a world-class Fellowship (academic members) and offers excellent tutorial support and pastoral care. All postgraduates are allocated a Postgraduate Tutor who maintains a general interest in the well-being and academic progress of their students – to advise, encourage and to guide. Tutors normally work in a different academic field from their tutees, and do not teach them; nonetheless they take a close interest in their tutees' academic welfare and progress, where necessary intervening to advise and help. If a tutee has any problems concerning their general welfare, academic work, finances, health, or other concerns, they should not hesitate to contact their Tutor. For further information about the range of support Girton offers students, see Welfare & Support.

Girton College has a supportive and approachable team of staff and fellows to help and advise postgraduates.  

Student Community

We have a large, international postgraduate community that contributes towards providing a vibrant, friendly and inclusive experience for all. Our student-elected MCR, a traditional acronym meaning Middle Common Room, represents both a room in College (at Swirles Court) as well as the graduate student body itself. It provides social support, representation on College committees and entertainment - see the MCR pages for more information.

Postgraduate Research Awards

The College Awards are open to all members of the College and prospective students who put Girton as their first or second choice on their application form, or to those who have been offered and accepted a place at Girton. See Fees, Finance & Funding for more information.

Postgraduate Admission

We welcome around 170 new postgraduates each year and accept students for all postgraduate courses, including those on part-time study. Please visit How to Apply for more information. 

Outstanding Facilities

We offer beautiful, peaceful surroundings with easy access to central Cambridge. Facilities include state-of-the-art accommodation, on-site sports, an indoor swimming pool and a variety of food options. See more here.

Life at Girton

Find out more about living and learning in our friendly, informal and supportive community

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