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Department of Sociology

Students on the 2019 Sutton Trust Summer School

The Department of Sociology is committed to widening participation in Higher Education, and runs outreach events across the year.

On this page you will find select details of upcoming open days and outreach events at the University of Cambridge. The University has a dedicated Care Travel Fund to enable children in (or previously in) care to travel to events organised by the University and Colleges of Cambridge.

If you have any queries about outreach please contact our Communications and Outreach Co-ordinator. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Outreach Events

The Subject Matters (25 Jan & 17 Feb 2020)

Aimed at Year 10 and Year 11 students and their parents or supporters, The Subject Matters events offer sessions in which experienced Admissions Tutors give key advice about making informed A Level (or equivalent) subject choices to support students to put themselves in the best position for their studies after sixth form.

Students will also be able to participate in an academic taster session in either the Arts and Humanities or the Sciences, as well as the opportunity to ask current undergraduates questions, giving them a valuable insight into university life and study.

The Subject Matters events usually take place on Saturdays and are open to both students and their parents or supporters. The sessions are an excellent opportunity for parents or supporters to find out more about how their student can start exploring subjects beyond their school curriculum, and how they can support them.

Find out more and book online via the Subject Matters webpages.

Subject Masterclasses (15 Feb 2020)

Subject Masterclasses are subject-specific events that offer academically able students in Year 12 (or equivalent) the chance to experience typical undergraduate teaching at the University of Cambridge, and to get a flavour of what it's like to be a student here. Each Masterclass includes:

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

For more information, and to book your place, visit the Subject Masterclass webpages.

HSPS and PBS Taster Day (18 Feb 2020)

This Taster Day is for students who identify as female, are in Year 12 and are considering studying Human, Social and Political Sciences (HSPS) or Psychological and Behavioural Sciences (PBS) at degree level. The event will provide an insight into what it is like to study HSPS and PBS at Cambridge University. It will include taster sessions, course information and a talk on applying to Cambridge.

The event is free of charge, and lunch and refreshments will be provided. For more information and to book your place, visit the Murray Edwards College website. The booking deadline is 17:00 on Wednesday 12 February.

Insight Explore (Spring 2020)

Insight Explore is an academic programme for students in Years 9-11 from Cambridgeshire, which aims to develop students’ interests and tackle the barriers that might be faced when applying to university. During the programme, students will be able to explore academic subjects that may not be taught in school and talk to current academic staff and student ambassadors about their subject choices.

For more information visit the Insight Explore website. The application deadline is Sunday 9 February 2020.

Sutton Trust Summer Schools (10-14 Aug 2020)

Sutton Trust Summer Schools are free, subject-specific, residential courses for Year 12 students studying at state-maintained schools in the UK. The five-day summer schools in July and August allow students to explore their interest in one of 26 subjects and gain an insight into what it is like to live and study as a first-year undergraduate student at Cambridge.

For more information visit the Undergraduate Study website.


Open Days

Undergraduate Open Days (2-3 July 2020)

The University of Cambridge and its Colleges will be opening their doors for the Cambridge Open Days on Thursday 2 July and Friday 3 July 2020.

These events are for prospective applicants in Year 12 (or the equivalent) and prospective mature applicants (aged 21 or over) only, together with up to two parents or supporters.

On the day you’ll be able to find out what the University and Colleges have to offer through presentations about our courses, the application process, student life, and finance. You’ll also have the opportunity to talk to current undergraduates and staff from the Colleges and academic departments.

Visit the Undergraduate Study website for more information

Postgraduate Open Day (Nov 2020)

The University of Cambridge Postgraduate Open day is designed for final year students or graduates who are seeking to enter into postgraduate study at Masters or PhD level.  

During the day there will be detailed information about the graduate application process. Current graduate students and Graduate Admissions staff will be on hand to answer questions about postgraduate study and student life in the vibrant city of Cambridge. Staff will also be available to give you advice on the application process, funding opportunities and careers after your course.

You will also have the opportunity to visit some of the Colleges, find out about their unique character and see how College life complements academic life in Cambridge.

Visit the Graduate Study website for more information and to book your place.

Ask A Student

If you are thinking about studying Sociology at Cambridge and have questions about what it's like, we can put you in touch with a current Sociology student.

Email your questions to:

Undergraduate Outreach

Cambridge University runs a variety of outreach events for prospective undergraduates including open days, summer schools and masterclasses.

Get In Cambridge Campaign

In 2018, 23.5% of new undergraduates came from BME backgrounds. The Get In Cambridge Campaign challenges stereotypes and showcases committees and societies for different ethnic groups at the University