SBO_1202You choose three courses. All courses are worth the same number of credits and consist of 12 lectures and 8 seminars, with each teaching session lasting 1¼ hours, making 25 hours of contact time per course. Some courses take place over three weeks (Module 1, between Monday 9 July and Friday 27 July; and Module 2, between Monday 30 July and Friday 17 August) while others are spread over six weeks (Module 3, between Monday 9 July and Friday 17 August). Note that Supervisions count as Module 3. For most courses lecture groups are capped at 30 students, and seminars at 15 students, to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to be heard and can get to know the instructors well.

The subject range represents Cambridge strengths and the intellectual interests of the instructors who design and develop the courses. They are designed to be challenging but accessible, and most courses have no pre-requisites.

Independent Supervision: one-to-one teaching, Cambridge-style

You can opt to replace one of your three lecture courses with a programme of weekly, tailored supervisions or tutorials where you can research your chosen topic under expert guidance. The Supervision can be a very attractive option but it is important for you to understand clearly how it will work for you academically. Please refer to the Independent Supervision page on the sidebar menu for more details.


You will be advised of any materials you will need to read in advance. Once in Cambridge you will have access to the Pembroke and King’s College libraries, and will usually be provided with e-course readers which can be accessed through the online application system.