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Part-time students

We welcome part-time postgraduate students who wish to study as part of their professional career development. We have a long history of admitting students who might otherwise have been unable to study at the University of Cambridge.

Part-time study at Fitzwilliam

Our part-time students make up about 15% of our postgraduate community. Depending on the nature of the course, some students are based in Cambridge, studying at the same time as working locally, whilst others visit Cambridge for short periods. As members of the College, all have the opportunity to benefit from the intellectual and social experiences of Cambridge life.

We admit part-time students for the following courses:

All who are thinking of applying are invited to contact the College Graduate Office for further information about the College.


  • The College is particularly well placed for departments on the West Road and Sidgwick Site and on the West Cambridge Site, and is just a few minutes’ walk from the Mathematics Faculty. Cycle paths go to all these Departments. 
  • The University Bus, which visits most departments, stops on Madingley Road at the end of Storey's Way.
  • Car parking is usually available at the College. Please apply to the Graduate Office  to request this. (Note that parking at departments may be very limited).
  • Explore the College - maps and where to find us

College accommodation

Part-time students who are based in Cambridge throughout the year may request College accommodation on the same basis as full-time students.

Students who visit Cambridge for short periods may have accommodation as follows:

  • MSt in Applied Criminology and Police Management and Sustaniability Leadership: the accommodation will be allocated for you. In most cases this will be at Fitzwilliam College
  • All other courses: accommodation may be requested through the Accommodation Office. Availability may be limited during University Term time

 More information about Fitzwilliam College accommodation.

College support

Part-time students are entitled to benefit from College support and provision on the same basis as full time students. Fitzwilliam College has a Graduate Tutor dedicated to part-time students, who welcomes them to the College at Matriculation and is available throughout the year for advice and support.

Library leaflets for new students

College funding

The College has several funds which provide support for research and related activities, including travel and conference attendance, by postgraduate students who are members of Fitzwilliam College. All of these funds derive from the generosity of alumni and are available for part-time students. The total funding available to a student during a course will be the same whether the course is full-time or part-time.

An active student community

Fitzwilliam has one of the most active and friendly postgraduate communities (traditionally known as the Middle Common Room - or MCR) in Cambridge. There is a full programme of social and academic events to reflect a wide variety of interests. Part-time students are able to organise events, or to take part in those organised every week by the MCR Committee. Read more about the MCR on their own independent website.

If you need more information or support, please contact the Graduate Office. This will be your main point of contact with the College throughout the admissions process and during your time at the College.

Some of our part-time students share their stories

Criminology at Cambridge sparks collaboration

Renee Mitchell (Criminology 2012) completed a PhD at Fitzwilliam. She is a co-founder of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing.

Helen is both student and teacher at Fitz

Helen Price (Education 2010) is a current Fitzwilliam student, as well as Executive Headteacher at Hampton Academies Trust, Peterborough. She shares her experience.

When Simon Adler (History 2011) embarked on his PhD, he wanted to turn it into a book to make it easily available to other scholars and to a wider readership.
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