Part Time Students 2021

Part-time study

Getting a part-time degree can be a life-changing experience, and is a chance to enjoy all that Cambridge has to offer.

Part Time Students 2021

Part-time studies at Wolfson

Wolfson College actively welcomes part-time students; we typically have several hundred part-time student members on a variety of MSt and MEd programmes, and a number of students doing part-time PhD and EdD research degrees. Part-time study can be ideal for those who are looking to gain a postgraduate qualification without leaving employment and wish to develop their careers while they continue learning, or for those who are home-based for whatever reason and wish to develop their skills.

Part-time research degrees are particularly good for those looking to undertake research in an area related to their current professional environment, and many part-time researchers choose to focus on professional and work-related topics in their research.

Unlike part-time degrees at many universities, the part-time courses at the University of Cambridge are not distance learning degrees where study is undertaken remotely. Most MSts are vocational courses centred around residential blocks of three to four weeks in Cambridge spread over the year. You will stay at Wolfson and have the opportunity to benefit fully from the intellectual and social experiences of College life.

We provide a congenial environment in which to meet other students, both part-time and full-time, during periods in residence. The breadth of our inclusive atmosphere, with no divisions between senior and junior members, is further extended our academic visitors from journalism, industry and academia, all of whom come to Wolfson for periods of research or study.

Wolfson College recognises the kind of support required for part-time postgraduate students from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. Two College Tutors are dedicated to part-time students and are responsible for their pastoral and welfare support. There are also student welfare officers who have been fully trained to provide peer support. 

Course options

Our current part-time students are studying for the following degrees:

MSt Programmes

A Master of Studies (MSt) is an academically rigorous, part-time Master’s degree usually undertaken over two years through the Institute for Continuing Education. It contains a significant taught element and a research project with associated dissertation.

Taught elements are normally broken down into discrete residential modules, which all students must attend. Research projects may be work-related, if appropriate. The programmes are designed to be flexible in order to support students with a variety of circumstances, including international students. Note that some MSt programmes require you to have relevant industry experience.

The following courses are offered at Wolfson:

The 'How to apply for a Master's Degree (MSt)' webpage contains further useful information on applying.

Applying to study a Master of Studies (MSt) course involves six key stages:

Choosing your course Application preparation Application Supplying documents Receiving an offer Confirmation of admission

Executive MBA

This is a two-year part-time intense programme at Cambridge Judge Business School, details can be found here.

Master of Accountancy

This is a two-year part-time intense programme at Cambridge Judge Business School, details can be found here.

MEd Programme

This part time course is 2 years in duration and leads to a Master of Education. You will choose a thematic course that relates to a topic or theme that interests you. Alongside this you will follow a research methods strand to develop your knowledge and skills to undertake your own research and to become a more critical user of the research of others. Find out more from the Department of Education.

Part-time research degrees

Details of courses, qualifications and application procedures are given in the University of Cambridge Course Directory. You can filter the directory for part-time courses only.