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The Department of Politics and International Studies is committed to widening participation in higher education, and involving students (both current and prospective), staff and members of the public in the events and activities that we run. On these pages you will find details of our upcoming outreach events, our academic seminar and lecture programs, our ELECTION podcast project and our prize competitions; as well as much more!

If you have any questions about anything you read on these pages, please feel free to get in touch with us:


Telephone: 01223 767255

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Studying Politics at Cambridge - what is it like?

In this podcast, Prof Helen Thompson speaks to three final year students - Micha Eversley, Rebecca Verlander and Charles Bonfils-Duclos - about their experiences of Cambridge and studying politics. 



Watch Professor David Runciman's first lecture of Michaelmas term 2016

In this film, David Runciman gives his first lecture of the academic year. This gives a small taste of what it is like to attend lectures at The Department of Politics and International Studies.

Cambridge Open Days 

Cambridge Open Days website. 

We always strongly encourage prospective students to attend our Open Days as it provides an excellent opportunity to talk to members of staff to ask any questions you may have about the course, pick up any information material that may be available, attend taster lectures and have a look round the beautiful historic City of Cambridge.

Prospective applicants will be able to find out more about what the University and Colleges have to offer, courses, the application process, student support, finance and careers.

The events are exclusively for Year 12 (or equivalent) and mature applicants. 


Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences

Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences website

Each year the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford organise a series of joint conferences for Year 12 (or equivalent) students* and their teachers/HE advisers. The Conferences are normally held in March/April in locations across the UK and are designed to provide up-to-date information on courses available, the application and admissions procedure and student life at both Universities. Admissions Tutors, academic staff and current undergraduate students will be on hand to answer any questions.


Sutton Trust Politics and International Studies Summer School

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.

To apply click here



Subject Masterclasses 

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 is a Masterclass?

The Masterclasses provide students with an opportunity to explore topics of interest beyond what is covered within the A Level syllabus, and offer students a true flavour of undergraduate study and an introduction to the University of Cambridge.

Each masterclass includes:

  • two 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
  • the opportunity to hear about life as a Cambridge student, from current undergraduates