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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



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We are 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.

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


Telephone: 01223 767255


Our Outreach Program

Winter Masterclass

Subject Masterclasses are aimed at Year 12 students from any school/college.

Last year the Politics and International Relations Masterclass was held in February 2021

Our next Winter Masterclass will be in February 2022. Join our mailing list to be notified when bookings open. 

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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


Watch our Masterclasses:

Here is Professor David Runciman's recently-recorded lecture from his Masterclass on 22 February 2020 on 'What we learned from the 2019 General Election'

Below you can watch Ian Shield’s lecture ‘An Introduction to International Relations’ from 22 February 2020


More Cambridge Subject Masterclasses are available here>> 


Cambridge Open Days 

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.

Our next Open Days will be taking place on 7 and 8 July 2022. 

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Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences


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 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.

Bookings for the Oxford and Cambridge Virtual Student Conference have now closed.

Please sign up to our mailing list to be notified about other opportunities at the University that may be of interest.

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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 all.

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