University of Cambridge



Subject Masterclasses 2015

Subject Masterclasses are aimed at academically able Year 12 students from any school/college. They are subject-specific events, which offer students a true flavour of undergraduate study and an introduction to the University of Cambridge.

What are they?

The Masterclasses aim to provide students with an opportunity to explore topics of interest beyond what is covered within the A Level syllabus, and to offer the chance to experience typical first-year undergraduate teaching at Cambridge.

A range of subjects are offered each year, which can vary but in the past have included Chemistry, Engineering, Genetics, Geography, History, Languages, Mathematics, Music, Politics and Psychology.

Each masterclass includes:

  • two or three taster lectures delivered by leading academic members of staff from the University
  • the opportunity to discuss and ask questions
  • an introduction to the Cambridge admissions process by a University Admissions Tutor
  • the opportunity to hear about life as a Cambridge student, from current undergraduates

There are an average of 200 places per Masterclass, open to both individual students and small school/college groups.

When are they?

Subject Masterclass take place on a selection of Saturdays between February and June each year. The majority of Masterclasses start at 11am and finish at 3.30pm.

Booking is essential and locations vary for each date. Subjects and dates will be published on this website in December 2014.

How do I book?

Bookings are made online, from mid-December 2014 and there is a small charge for standard places. There are a limited number of free places available for those in receipt of 16-19 Bursary / Discretionary Learner Support / Children in Care / from families in receipt of Income Support. Please see the individual Masterclass information for further details.

Please Note: Due to high demand, attendance is limited to a maximum of two Masterclasses per individual. School groups are limited to five students per school per masterclass.

Sutton Trust logoThe Subject Masterclasses are funded with support from the Sutton Trust

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