Downing is a friendly, informal community which encourages all students who study here to strive for academic excellence and realise their full potential.

The teaching process

The teaching of Downing’s undergraduates is shared between the University and the College. University faculties and departments put on lectures and practical classes, attended by students from all colleges.

Individual or small-group teaching is provided by the College, conducted by our Fellows and by those drawn from elsewhere in the University.

These teaching sessions are called Supervisions. Students meet their Supervisor in a particular subject to discuss their work and any problems encountered in lectures or reading.

Supervisions are organised by the Director of Studies in each subject, who also advises students on any lectures, seminars and practical sessions they should attend.

Read the Cambridge University Prospectus for a comprehensive guide to the Cambridge application process, its courses, and colleges.

Subjects studied at Downing College