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Outreach & Open Days

The Department of Sociology is committed to widening participation in Higher Education, and to encourage both prospective and current students and members of the public to get involved in our events and activities.

On this page you will find details of outreach events, open days and Widening Participation activities. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @CamSociology, on Instagram @camsociology and on Facebook at Cambridge Sociology to stay up to date with events being held at the department.

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


Outreach Events

The Subject Matters (Feb 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

Sociology Masterclasses (April 2019)

Our Masterclasses are aimed at academically able students in Year 12 (or equivalent). The Masterclasses provide students with an opportunity to explore topics of interest beyond what's covered within the school curriculum and offer the chance to experience typical undergraduate teaching at Cambridge.

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

The next Sociology Masterclass is on Saturday 13th April 2019. You can book, join the mailing list,and browse other masterclass subjects on offer here.

Sociology and Social Anthropology Summer School (July 2019)

This summer school comprises 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 the disciplines of Sociology and Social Anthropology, and often ask you to involve yourself in discussion and debate. 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.
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.

Course dates

22nd July 2019 - 26th July 2019

Number of places


Application deadline

28 February 2019

For more information and applications visit the Sutton Trust Cambridge website here.


Open Days

Undergraduate Open Days (July 2019)

The University of Cambridge and its Colleges will be opening their doors for the Cambridge Open Days on Thursday 4 July and Friday 5 July 2019.

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.

Please click here for more information (booking opens in April 2019).

Postgraduate Open Day (forthcoming)

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 join the open day mailing list.


Widening Participation

CamSpire: The BPA Edition

This programme is designed inspire young Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Arab (BPA) students to apply to selective universities. The programme includes mentoring, three trips to Cambridge, a residential event in Years 11 and 12 (from 14 -17 April 2019), followed by an interview workshop in Year 13. We especially welcome applications from those who would be the first in their immediate family to attend university.

The deadline for applications is 1 March 2019, and 8 March 2019 for Parent/Guardian consent. Find out more and apply here.




Ask A Student

If you are thinking about studying Sociology at Cambridge, and have any questions about life at Cambridge as a student, we can put you in touch with a current Sociology student (both undergrad and postgrad!) who can answer your questions.

Email your questions to

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.

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