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UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Cambridge is one of the best universities in the world, offering undergraduate degree courses (also called Triposes at Cambridge) in the arts and humanities, social sciences, sciences and engineering.  Many of our courses encompass several subjects, which means that they’re much more flexible than a lot of specialised courses elsewhere. We offer more than 65 subjects within our 30 undergraduate courses – take a look at the course outlines in the courses profiles and the subject A-Z for details.  This means you can explore the subject and your strengths and interests fully before you decide which area to focus on.

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND A SUMMER SCHOOL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

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Subject overview

The ASNC Summer School introduces you to this multi- and inter-disciplinary subject, which ranges across the medieval languages, literatures, and histories of medieval Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia. The week is a mixture of classes and seminars on texts you have read beforehand, and will include a tour of Anglo-Saxon Cambridge, and a hands-on opportunity to discuss and examine medieval manuscripts. No particular expertise is required – just an enthusiasm and for things medieval around you in these islands, and an interest in language, literature and history.

Course dates

24th July 2017 - 28th July 2017

Number of places

10

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

None

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Subject overview

As a broad subject, archaeology encompasses questions about the origins of our species, the diversity of ancient cultures, the development of sedentary life and farming, and the emergence of the first cities and empires. The Summer School will give you the opportunity to experience life as an undergraduate reading archaeology and biological anthropology at the University of Cambridge. You will attend lectures by Cambridge academics, participate in museum practicals where you will handle ancient artefacts, undertake a research project on an artefact of your choice, and present your findings to your classmates and course organisers. It is a fun and challenging week!

Course dates

24th July 2017 - 28th July 2017

Number of places

10

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

None

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Subject overview

The University of Cambridge Architecture Summer School will give you a chance to get hands-on experience of working in a studio environment and of developing architectural designs. You will work with tutors to create innovative and visually stimulating solutions to real-life construction problems. You will be introduced to a range of key representation techniques within quick succession: the course is fast-paced and practically-focused. There will also be opportunities to learn more about the application process to study architecture at Cambridge, and about how to prepare your first design portfolio.

Course dates

24th July 2017 - 28th July 2017

Number of places

20

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Studying Art at AS Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent OR has Art GCSE A or A*

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Subject overview

Are you interested in the world's fastest growing economy? Have you ever wondered why politics and religion seem to be inseparable in the Middle East? Would you like to learn more about Japanese film and literature? Asian and Middle Eastern Studies explores these questions alongside the study of Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese or Persian. The Summer School allows participants to get a taste of most of these areas, providing a unique opportunity to explore this diverse and versatile subject. Participants will take part in 'ab initio' language classes, attend lectures across a wide range of subjects and participate in seminar discussions. This course assumes no prior knowledge of any of the languages and is designed to accommodate complete beginners.

Course dates

14th August 2017 - 18th August 2017

Number of places

10

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

No specific subject requirements. Where applicants meet the same selection criteria, preference may be given to students studying a foreign language at A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent.

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Subject overview

The Biological Sciences Summer school will introduce you to the multidisciplinary nature of Biology at university. In the mornings you will receive lectures on evolution, biodiversity, experimental psychology, genetics, biochemistry and physiology. In the afternoons we will visit museums and laboratories around Cambridge where you can get involved in hands-on activities including dissections and biological surveys. A key focus of the course will be to develop your biological thinking skills, and to aid in this you will participate in small group supervisions, problem-solving sessions, and a biological "escape room" activity based on an alien invasion!

Course dates

14th August 2017 - 18th August 2017

Number of places

35

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Taking Biology at A Level, IB Higher Level, Scottish Highers or equivalent. Where applicants meet the same selection criteria, preference will be given to students who have high attainment in relevant STEM subjects and/or are studying Maths and/or Chemistry at A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent.

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Subject overview

The Summer School will be an opportunity for you to extend your understanding and knowledge of chemistry in a way which we believe will be both useful for your further studies as well as giving you a sense of what the study of chemistry would be like at degree level. There will be a mixture of classroom based activities and practical work. The experiments you will do in the laboratory will cover organic synthesis, analysis and physical measurements. You will learn some new practical techniques as well as gaining experience of analysing data.

Course dates

14th August 2017 - 18th August 2017

Number of places

28

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Taking Chemistry at A Level, IB Higher Level, Scottish Highers or equivalent. Where applicants meet the same selection criteria, preference will be given to students who have high attainment in relevant STEM subjects and/or are studying Maths at A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent.

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Subject overview

The Classics Summer School at Cambridge will give students a chance to begin exploring the breadth and diversity of the classical world with a variety of different lectures, classes, tours, and hands-on workshops, all of which give a flavour of what it is like to study Classics at Cambridge. As languages are the key tool for classicists to study the ancient world, the backbone of the summer school is the Latin classes. These are aimed at total beginners and give students a flavour of the types of skills which underpin a Classics degree, culminating in reading and discussing some authentic, unabridged Latin texts. There are also various lectures and talks covering a wide range of classical subjects, from literature to history to linguistics and beyond, designed to parallel the breadth of study on offer in the Cambridge Classics degree. Moreover, the Classics Faculty at Cambridge houses the Museum of Classical Archaeology, an unparalleled plaster cast collection of ancient artworks, and the nearby Fitzwilliam Museum also hosts a wide assortment of classical artefacts. Students will have the opportunity for tours at both, guided by experts in the collections, and also for a practical handling session of ancient pots to see what they can tell us about the ancient world. The week culminates with students presenting some of their own research conducted during the week into different aspects of the ancient world, so that they have a chance to personally explore the questions and issues which surround the study of Classics. Overall, this course gives students a real sense of what it is like to study Classics at Cambridge, and the opportunity for an in-depth exploration of the breadth of Classics as a subject. No prior study of Classics is necessary, and the summer school is targeted particularly at those who have never studied Latin previously.

Course dates

24th July 2017 - 28th July 2017

Number of places

10

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

None

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Subject overview

In the Computer Laboratory we study and develop the science and technology that makes modern computing possible. There is a vast range of topics within computer science, and rapid progress occurring in almost all of them. In the Computing Summer School, we will focus on some core principles of computer science, including algorithms and problem solving, as well as computer programming. Students will participate in a series of explanatory and practical sessions. No prior knowledge of Computer Science or programming is required.

Course dates

14th August 2017 - 18th August 2017

Number of places

20

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Taking Maths at A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent.

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Subject overview

The Economics Summer School is designed to develop your understanding of economics and give you an insight into topical issues that influence our everyday lives and the current political climate. During the week, you'll gain an understanding of the nature of social institutions and economic systems, such as firms and markets, and analyse how individuals and institutions interact to generate outcomes for society as a whole. Through a range of lectures, classes and group work, you will use a range of interdisciplinary techniques, combining history, sociology, mathematics, statistics and philosophy.

Course dates

24th July 2017 - 28th July 2017

Number of places

28

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Taking Maths at A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent. Where applicants meet the same selection criteria, preference may be given to students studying Further Maths at A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent.

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Subject overview

Are you passionate about tackling the most pressing educational challenges relating to global social justice? If so, why not try Education, Policy and International Development?

Education, Policy and International Development at Cambridge is a social science course which draws on perspectives and approaches from Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology, Economics and History to address global inequalities in relation to education. The course gives students the opportunity to explore educational issues and contexts of international development they are particularly interested in and helps them develop their research and policy-analysis skills for real-world application. Education is one of the most important and powerful cultural currents of change and growth in the modern world; students studying Education at Cambridge engage with topics such as justice, human rights, inclusion and diversity within a global context. The course is ideal for students interested in working in international organisations, government, social policy and creative practice as well as those planning to work in the education sector.

The Education summer school will give you the opportunity to experience lectures, interactive workshops and Cambridge-style small group sessions. You will also have the opportunity to carry out a small research project and prepare and present a presentation based on your findings.

Course dates

14th August 2017 - 18th August 2017

Number of places

8

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

None

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Subject overview

On this summer school you will get the chance to sample a range of Engineering disciplines. You will be treated as though you are a first-year undergraduate, with lectures, experimental and project work in the Department of Engineering. You will work through a problem sheet based on lecture material and experience a Cambridge supervision where you go over your attempts at these problems with a supervisor. Some of the topics will stretch you considerably but you should thoroughly enjoy them if you’re good at maths and physics. In the summer school’s recreational and social programme you will experience aspects of Cambridge student life and get a chance to explore the city and some of the Colleges that make up the University.

Course dates

24th July 2017 - 28th July 2017

Number of places

34

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Taking Maths AND Physics at AS/A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent; OR Maths at AS/A Level AND a Level 3 vocational course in an Engineering discipline

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Subject overview

Students will attend a series of lectures, seminars, and supervisions designed to introduce the Cambridge undergraduate course in English. Lectures will be delivered by Faculty members, and seminars will be held by experts in each field, giving students the rare opportunity to discuss a series of literary texts in small and focused groups. We will also study a Shakespeare play, and a highlight of the week each year is our group trip to the Globe Theatre in London, to watch the play being performed. Students should be aware they will be expected to complete some pre-reading, to be sent in late June / early July, before arriving in Cambridge.

Course dates

24th July 2017 - 28th July 2017

Number of places

28

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Students should have achieved an A/A* for GCSE English Language and/or Literature. In addition, students must be taking English Literature OR English Literature and Language combined at A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent.

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Subject overview

The Geography Summer School introduces students to a variety of learning and teaching styles that are common in a Geography degree: fieldwork; analysing and interpreting fieldwork data; attending lectures, working cooperatively; and working independently. The focus is on both physical and human geography. Students will undertake fieldwork in Cambridge city centre to discover how it is shaped by its people, and will also visit one of the city's museums. Sessions will be taught by academic teaching staff, as well as graduate students. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions about the subject.

Course dates

14th August 2017 - 18th August 2017

Number of places

20

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

None

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Subject overview

The History Summer School will give you a taste of life as a history undergraduate and expose you to new areas of history. World-leading experts will introduce you to themes ranging from race and science in colonial India to the early American republic and women’s work in early modern England. You’ll also visit some of Cambridge’s archives and museums, learning how sources such as the records of a Caribbean sugar plantation or a pair of Renaissance high heels can help us to understand the past. Finally, you’ll be encouraged to participate in interactive sessions preparing you for applying to university.

Course dates

24th July 2017 - 28th July 2017

Number of places

27

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Taking History at AS Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent.

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Subject overview

You will spend the week in the History of Art department, where you’ll be taught by world-leading experts in your subject. Classes in museums, galleries and libraries that contain artworks and architecture from the Middle Ages to the present day will give you the chance to work with objects up-close, decoding hidden meanings and uncovering lost histories. During the week you will also undertake a research project  on specific artworks and take part in a Cambridge-style small-group ‘supervision’, experiencing the unique teaching that Cambridge University and the History of Art Department offer.

Course dates

24th July 2017 - 28th July 2017

Number of places

10

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Must be taking at least one essay-based subject for A Level (essay based is defined as any subject that requires the submission of essays as coursework or writing essays for exams as the majority part of its assessment)- eg/ History, English, Languages, Geography, Sociology, EPQ, Classics, Philosophy and Ethics, Psychology, Criminology, Law

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Subject overview

"The one-week Summer School at the Faculty of Law will give participants a chance to experience life as an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge, and get to know what the study of law is all about.

Students will be given lectures and taster sessions by Cambridge academics on subjects such as criminal law, tort, contract and international law, and be introduced to different ways of thinking about law, morality and society. During the week, participants will undertake a research project, and take part in a Cambridge-style seminars and tutorials, experiencing the unique teaching that Cambridge University and the Law Faculty offer. There will be opportunities to meet current Directors of Studies and students, and ask questions about the application process and student life.

The week culminates in a mock trial featuring the 'death' of a student at the Cambridge Faculty of Law, with students playing all the major roles, including solicitors, barristers, police officers, witnesses, and even the defendant!"

Course dates

14th August 2017 - 18th August 2017

Number of places

28

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

None

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Subject overview

The Sutton Trust Mathematics summer school aims to give you a flavour of university style mathematics, introduce you to some exciting new areas of maths beyond the school curriculum, and help you to develop the mathematical thinking skills you will need at university. Delivered by Cambridge academics and postgraduate students, the summer school includes a mix of workshops, problem-solving sessions, lectures and ‘tasters’ of Cambridge supervisions – intensive small-group tutorial sessions. Workshops are demanding, and students who only take single Maths A level are welcome, but may find the pace more difficult to cope with. These sessions may explore topics such as number theory, from modular arithmetic through to Fermat’s little theorem and on to cryptography and the RSA algorithm. Lectures by experts in their fields aim to give you a taste of a variety of topics from the undergraduate course - previous summer school lectures have ranged from combinatorics to mathematical biology and theoretical physics.

Course dates

24th July 2017 - 28th July 2017

Number of places

38

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Taking Maths at A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent.

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Subject overview

The Sutton Trust Summer School in Medicine gives you the opportunity to experience life as a medical student, studying at a world-leading university. You will hear from scientists working at the cutting edge of biomedical research through physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, anatomy and pathology lectures, be challenged with ethical dilemmas, gain hands-on experience with patient care at the Clinical School and even have the opportunity to do your own research in preparation for a Cambridge supervision. The course will challenge you, stimulate you and give you a unique insight into life as a medical student.

Course dates

14th August 2017 - 18th August 2017

Number of places

32

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Taking Chemistry AND 2 subjects in either Maths/ Biology/Physics at AS Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent.

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Subject overview

The Sutton Trust Summer School in Modern Languages offers a unique opportunity to improve your skills in a foreign language (or two) and to find out if this is something you would like to do at university. Together with other students from around the country, who share your passion for languages, you will be interpreting - and translating - texts by Camus, Kafka and other authors. You will also learn how to analyse films, e.g. by Almodovar, and works of art. There will be lectures, seminars, and small classes to ensure that everybody can participate. You will have access to the Modern Languages Library for private study. And you will be staying at one of the Cambridge colleges so you can get a real taste of what academic life is like.

Course dates

24th July 2017 - 28th July 2017

Number of places

24

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Taking a Foreign Modern European Language at AS Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent.

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Subject overview

The Music summer school offers the opportunity for you to broaden your musical horizons. The course aims to introduce you to key areas covered in most higher education music courses. This includes areas which may well be new to you, for example Ethnomusicology and Music and Science. Through a mixture of lectures, supervisions and practical workshops, students will experience a taster of the variety of topics on offer at University. There will also be opportunities to develop your performance and composition skills in relaxed and informal context.

Course dates

14th August 2017 - 18th August 2017

Number of places

10

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Taking Music at A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent; or taking Music Theory Grade 7.

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Subject overview

The aim of this summer school is to give a flavour of what it is like to study Physics at university. There is a five-lecture course entitled `Mechanics and Special Relativity' which is a shortened version of a very similar set of lectures given to our first-year students. This is accompanied by a set of problems to work through during the course. At the end of the week you will experience a Cambridge `supervision' (i.e. tutorial), where you go over your attempts at these problems with an experienced supervisor. There are also practical sessions, similar to those undertaken by our first-year undergraduates, and other physics lectures of more general interest.

Course dates

14th August 2017 - 18th August 2017

Number of places

28

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Taking Maths AND Physics at AS/A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent. A/A* at GCSE Maths and Physics (or Science), or equivalent.

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Subject overview

Politics is hard to avoid; it’s on our TV screens, and in our newspapers, and all over the internet. But what is it? Can it help us with the great challenges of our day: inequality within and between nations, the breakdown of states, war and the refugee crises it creates, terrorism, climate change? Are these political problems, and if so, in what sense? Are race, gender, sexuality, religion and culture political questions? At this summer school you will be asking these and many other questions with leading experts in the field. You will come away not just with a sense of what studying politics at university might be like, but with new tools for thinking about why politics can have such a dramatic impact on all our lives for good and for ill.

Course dates

14th August 2017 - 18th August 2017

Number of places

22

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

None

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Subject overview

Why do people behave as they do? What accounts for differences between them? What behavioural differences occur between small and large groups? What explains the differences and similarities between men and women in our society? Psychology is very diverse and shares considerable overlap with disciplines such as anthropology, computer science, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, sociology and many others. This summer school will introduce you to some of the varied aspects of the undergraduate course, including cognitive, social, developmental and biological psychology. You will be taught through specialist lectures, group discussion seminars and project work, with the opportunity to meet leading experts in their field.

Course dates

14th August 2017 - 18th August 2017

Number of places

23

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

No specific subject requirements. Where applicants meet the same selection criteria, preference may be given to students studying Maths or Biology at A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent.

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Subject overview

Social Anthropology and Sociology are two of the courses that fall within Cambridge’s distinctive interdisciplinary Human, Social, and Political Sciences Tripos. Both disciplines deal with ‘big’ questions about society, culture, and human diversity. They treat topics such as race, gender, religion, and politics from a range of different angles. Together, they employ a variety of methodologies – from long-term ethnographic fieldwork through to statistical analysis – to study an assortment of different places – from Papua New Guinea to urban America. Though you may never have studied them before, the questions they raise are fundamental to anybody interested in what it means to be human. We introduce these questions through a week-long course of seminars and lectures run by our teaching staff, each experts in their fields. These sessions will introduce you to some of the key ideas in each discipline, and often ask you to involve yourself in discussion and debate.

Course dates

24th July 2017 - 28th July 2017

Number of places

10

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

None

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Subject overview

Philosophy, Theology, and Religious Studies together celebrate a shared history. In it, these respective fields engaged with questions relating to human flourishing, the common good - what it means to live ethically, God's existence and being. The Sutton Trust summer school will continue this trajectory of thinking by exposing you to key philosophical and theological questions. We will do so in collaboration with academics, graduate and undergraduate students who will engage with you both formally and informally. At the Faculty of Divinity, we cherish community and therefore engage with one another through round table discussions, group readings, and formal lectures. To ensure that the summer school is maximised, we might ask you to do reading prior to your arrival.

Course dates

14th August 2017 - 18th August 2017

Number of places

12

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

None

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Subject overview

The Veterinary Medicine Summer School gives you a flavour of what it's like to study to become a vet at university. The week-long programme introduces you to the cutting-edge science taking place at Cambridge University, guides you around the clinics at the Vet School and shows you the running of the University Farm. You even get do so some dissection! You will also receive small-group teaching on a focused biological topic, so you can present some research to other attendees and staff. In addition, we will provide guidance about how to make a competitive application to vet school. The Summer School is an exciting, immersive experience, which gives you an idea of how vet students spend their time – both working and playing. Many of our past attendees have told us how useful the Summer School was in helping them plan their university careers.

Course dates

14th August 2017 - 18th August 2017

Number of places

10

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Taking Chemistry AND 2 subjects in either Maths/Biology/Physics at AS/A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent.

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