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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. You can also follow the Department of Sociology on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date with our events.

If you have any queries about outreach please contact our Communications and Outreach Co-ordinator.


Open Days

Postgraduate Open Day (1 Nov 2019)

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.

Undergraduate Open Days (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


Outreach Events

The Subject Matters (Oct 2019)

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 with that.

Find out more and book online at

Fitzwilliam College JCR Shadowing Scheme (20-23 November 2019)

The Fitzwilliam College Shadowing Scheme offers students attending a state school or college in any one of our Link Areas of Cheshire, Cumbria, and Hammersmith and Fulham the opportunity to come to Cambridge from 20th to 23rd November 2019. You will accompany current Fitzwilliam students to their lectures, supervisions, and social activities, to see what student life at Cambridge is really like (hint: it’s a lot of fun!). The Fitz students will be studying a range of subjects so you'll be able to pick the lectures and classes that you're most interested in, and you could even try something completely new! There will also be a personal statements workshop and a session on the Cambridge application process. You will be provided with accommodation and meals in Fitzwilliam College for the duration of the scheme.

For more information and to apply visit the Outreach Network website. The application deadline is 6 October.

Sutton Trust Summer Schools (July 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.

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

The 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

A World Leader

The Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge is a world-leading centre for teaching and research in Sociology, consistently ranked first in UK league tables by The Guardian, The Times, and the Independent.