Corpus Christi is unique in Cambridge in having an old central site and a separate graduate campus. The balance of the student body is also unique, with more than 40% being postgraduate.
Resident graduate students at Corpus are based in and around Leckhampton, the College’s research campus, situated just off Grange Road opposite Selwyn College, west of the city centre. This is close to the University’s humanities and social science departments on the Sidgwick site and is well placed for the astronomy, computer science, mathematics and physics buildings in West Cambridge. It is also close to the University Library and around fifteen minutes’ walk from the city centre and the College’s oldest buildings.
The College’s historic centre on Trumpington Street, including the catering facilities and bar, the Chapel, and the Parker and Taylor Libraries are also available for postgraduate use. For example, postgraduates based on the nearby New Museums and Downing Sites often come into College for lunch.
Bus route U, subsidised by the University, links the College’s two sites with the rail station, with the Biomedical campus at Addenbrooke’s and with West Cambridge.
About 150 postgraduates live around Leckhampton as well as Fellows and academic visitors. The buildings are a mixture of old and new, set amidst large, beautiful gardens, next to the College’s sports grounds. It has its own new hall, kitchen and bar as well as a recreational library, common room and computing facilities; in fact it offers every facility and opportunity required to provide a friendly and stimulating home for a community of Fellows and graduate students from all over the world. See Leckhampton accommodation and facilities for further information. The Warden of Leckhampton and the Fellows of the College are actively concerned with the intellectual and social life of Leckhampton. They represent many branches of learning and research and many dine regularly at Leckhampton with graduate students.
The graduate community of Corpus Christi College embraces all branches of scholarship – arts, humanities, social studies, sciences and technology. Of those starting new graduate courses in 2016/17, there were 43% from the U.K., 27% from other EU countries and 30% from elsewhere.
The majority of the graduate students study for the Ph.D. degree, or for an M.Phil. degree. However, there is also a strong contingent of MASt students in mathematics and physics; in 2016 the University’s Tyson medal was awarded to a Corpus student for the best performance in the astrophysics papers in Part III mathematics. The proximity of Leckhampton to the Law Faculty also makes it attractive to students taking the LLM or MCL.