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UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Cambridge offers 30 undergraduate degree courses covering more than 65 subject areas in the arts and humanities, social sciences, sciences and engineering. Many of our courses encompass several subjects, allowing you gain a broad understanding of your subject before deciding which areas to focus on. As well as being a member of the University, you’re also a member of a College. The 29 undergraduate Colleges provide accommodation for most students for at least three years. College is your base where you eat and do a lot of your socialising, receive academic and pastoral support, and have some of your teaching.

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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 historical topics and on texts you have read beforehand; it 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

19th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

Number of places

10

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

None

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Are you curious about humanity's deep past? As broad subjects, archaeology and biological anthropology encompass questions about the origins of our species, the diversity of ancient cultures and languages, and the emergence of the first cities and empires. This Summer School will give you the opportunity to experience life as an undergraduate studying archaeology and biological anthropology at the University of Cambridge. You will attend lectures, participate in hands-on practical sessions, undertake your own research project and present your findings to your classmates and course organisers. It is a fun and challenging week!

Course dates

19th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

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

12th August 2019 - 16th August 2019

Number of places

20

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Studying Art or Design and Technology at A-Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent OR has Art GCSE A or A*

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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

19th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

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

A new subject strand for 2019 to give a taste of a broad range of subjects from the Natural Sciences Tripos that you may not have had the opportunity to study in School. This course may be of interest to students looking to explore subjects such as Biochemistry, Biomedical Science or alternatives to Medicine. There may be some cross-over with the Biological Sciences: Zoology, Plant Sciences and Neuroscience strand.
A new subject strand for 2019 to give a taste of a broad range of subjects from the Natural Sciences Tripos that you may not have had the opportunity to study in School. This course may be of interest to students looking to explore subjects such as Biochemistry, Biomedical Science or alternatives to Medicine. There may be some cross-over with the Biological Sciences: Zoology, Plant Sciences and Neuroscience strand.

Course dates

19th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

Number of places

15

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Taking at least two STEM subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, or Further Mathematics) at A-Level, IB Higher Level, Scottish Highers or equivalent. Where applicants meet the same selection criteria, preference may be given to those studying Biology and Chemistry.

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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 scientific "escape room" activity. The course will be of interest to anyone wishing to study a variety of scientific subjects at university, including Zoology, Botany, Psychology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Neurobiology, Ecology or Physiology. However, there is minimal content relating to Medicine and Biochemistry.

Course dates

19th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

Number of places

28

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Taking Biology at A-Level, IB Higher Level, Scottish Highers or equivalent, and at least one other STEM subject (Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, or Further Mathematics)

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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

19th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

Number of places

28

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Taking Chemistry at A-Level, IB Higher Level, Scottish Highers or equivalent, and at least one other STEM subject (Biology, Physics, Mathematics, or Further Mathematics, with preference given to those studying Mathematics.

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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 a key tool for classicists to study the ancient world, the backbone of the summer school are language classes, either in Latin or Ancient Greek, tailored for total beginners and beyond. These classes culminate in reading authentic, unabridged texts from the ancient world so that students can have a taste of the skills and techniques used to explore the world of antiquity.

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. 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.

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.

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 ancient languages previously.

Course dates

19th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

Number of places

10

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

None

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Subject overview

Computer Science is about creating the future. We are an interdisciplinary subject that embraces a wide variety of other fields, from Psychology and Linguistics to Maths and Electronics. We study and develop the science and technology of modern computing and set our students up to be at the forefront of future innovations. In the Computer Science Summer School we aim to expose students to this range of topics within the subject. Practical problem solving is interspersed with detailed lectures on specific areas and more general lectures from experts within each field, giving students an overview of the discipline. We also give students experience of the Cambridge system first hand with group challenges followed by a supervision on the same material. Although this is a hands-on school, no prior knowledge of Computer Science or programming is required.

Course dates

12th August 2019 - 16th August 2019

Number of places

32

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

12th August 2019 - 16th August 2019

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

Students will attend a series of lectures, seminars and workshops designed to consider the place of psychology in education and learning. We will also introduce students to the wider study of Education: one of the most important and powerful cultural currents of change and growth in the modern world. Lecturers will introduce you to various aspects of the Psychology and Education degree track including critical debates in Education, psychology and learning and the role of play in children's lives.

Course dates

19th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

Number of places

8

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

None

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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, in which 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 physics and maths puzzles are your thing.  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

22nd July 2019 - 26th July 2019

Number of places

36

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

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

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Subject overview

Students attending the Faculty of English's summer school will undertake 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 opportunity to discuss a series of literary texts in small and focused groups. We will also study a Shakespeare play; you may have the opportunity to explore the text through performance.
Applicants should be considering studying English at university and if selected, will need to complete some reading in advance of the week (a Shakespeare play and some short poems / stories). Reading will be provided in plenty of time prior to the summer school. We anticipate that this will take no longer than 10 hours of your time, and you must be prepared to do this before you arrive in Cambridge.

Course dates

12th August 2019 - 16th August 2019

Number of places

25

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Taking English Literature or English Language and Literature at A-Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent

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The Geography summer school introduces students to a variety of learning and teaching styles that are common in a Geography degree: analysing and interpreting fieldwork data; attending lectures, working cooperatively; and working independently. The focus is on both physical and human geography, and may include subjects like volcanology, climate change, international development, and the future of work. Students will undertake local fieldwork, 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

19th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

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 an undergraduate and enable you to explore new areas of history. Experts from the University will introduce you to the many different ways in which history is studied here. You’ll also visit some of Cambridge’s archives and museums, to see and interpret for yourself the sources on which interpretations of the past are based. Finally, you’ll be offered help on preparing to apply to university.

Course dates

12th August 2019 - 16th August 2019

Number of places

24

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Taking History at A-Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent. Includes any version of history (e.g. Ancient History)

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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

19th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

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)- e.g. History, English, Languages, Geography, Sociology, EPQ, Classics, Philosophy and Ethics, Psychology, Criminology, Law

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The summer school at the Faculty of Law will give participants a chance to experience life as a law student. Students will attend sessions taught by Cambridge academics that will introduce subjects such as criminal law, constitutional law, and international law, as well as different ways of thinking about law, morality and society. We will challenge participants to question how these laws develop, how well they accomplish their intended purpose, what impact our laws have on our society, and how we might change them. During the week, participants will take part in Cambridge-style seminars and prepare for a mock trial, experiencing the unique interactive teaching that Cambridge University and the Law Faculty offer. Beyond exploring different areas of law, participants will also have the opportunity to meet current students, explore possible career paths, and learn more about preparing a strong application to study Law at university.

Course dates

12th August 2019 - 16th August 2019

Number of places

32

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 will explore ideas from elementary combinatorics and show how to use these ideas to solve problems associated with probability. 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

22nd July 2019 - 26th July 2019

Number of places

38

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

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

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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

12th August 2019 - 16th August 2019

Number of places

38

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

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

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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 experience the variety of topics on offer at university. You will be translating texts by authors such as Camus and Kafka, and you will learn how to analyse texts and discuss their linguistic properties. There may be opportunities to interpret films, e.g. by Almodovar, and works of art. You will have the chance to try out new languages such as Russian, Italian or Portuguese. 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 university life is like.

Course dates

19th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

Number of places

10

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Taking a Foreign Modern European Language at A-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 that 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 taste of the variety of topics on offer at University. There may also be opportunities to develop your performance and composition skills in a relaxed and informal context.

Course dates

12th August 2019 - 16th August 2019

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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The aim of this summer school is to give a flavour of what it is like to study Physics at university - including taking notes in lectures, solving problems and doing experiments. 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. During the lecture sessions students will work through questions to strengthen their understanding of these topics. Other physics lectures of more general interest will also be available - for example topics from Earth Sciences and High Energy Physics.

Towards the end of the week students will have a Cambridge 'supervision' (i.e. tutorial), where they go over their attempts at the course problems with an experienced supervisor. The practical sessions (experiments) are modelled on those undertaken by our first-year undergraduates.

Students who are offered places on the physics Summer School will be expected to complete some preparation work (practice problem solving) on isaacphysics.org (FREE) before the event. This preparation work is designed to ensure that participants are fluent in core school topics used in the summer school - helping students to get the most out of the experience. The isaacphysics.org platform will also be used to support their learning throughout the summer school.

Course dates

12th August 2019 - 16th August 2019

Number of places

28

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Taking Maths AND Physics at A-Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent. Grades 7-9 in 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

19th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

Number of places

20

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, supervisions,  seminars and project work, with the opportunity to meet leading experts in their field.

Course dates

19th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

Number of places

20

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, social class, 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 these diciplines 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

22nd July 2019 - 26th July 2019

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

19th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

Number of places

10

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

12th August 2019 - 16th August 2019

Number of places

12

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

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

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