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Choosing Courses

Once you're accepted on PKP, you'll be able to choose your courses through the online application system. 

You have to take three courses and while there are some timetabling considerations to keep in mind, you can choose one of these course combinations:

  • One Module 1 course, one Module 2 course and one Module 3 course
  • One Module 1 course and two Module 2 courses
  • Two Module 1 courses and one Module 2 course
  • One Module 1 or Module 2 course and two Module 3 courses
  • Three Module 3 courses

If you'd like to take the Independent Supervision, this counts as a Module 3 course.

Our advice

We encourage you to develop your academic curiosity and really benefit from the unique learning environment at Cambridge. So, while you might opt to take one or two courses for credit at your home institution, we invite you to try something new and our three-course structure lets you do just that.

Be open-minded

PKP offers you the opportunity to study three courses over the summer and the chance to try courses you might never be able to at your home institution. Be open-minded about how you select and combine your courses.

Getting a balance

If you can, we recommend choosing one course in your major area of study, one course in your minor or to fulfil a general requirement and one course to discover something new and try something fun or completely different.

We find a lot of our students who try out a new subject area find it an exceptionally stimulating and inspiring experience!

We also suggest when choosing courses that you combine overview courses with more specialised ones. 

Read course descriptions carefully

You need to make sure that your course choices are right for you, so it's important you take your time and don't make up your mind too quickly.

Carefully read the course descriptions online and make sure you understand what the course will cover. Once you've selected your preferred courses, you'll be able to see the more detailed course syllabi. 

Do I need any prior knowledge?

This really depends on the course so it's important to check the course description.

A number of courses require no prior knowledge and are accessible to anyone, but in some courses the pace will accelerate quickly and it will be difficult to keep up with the coursework without a background in the subject area. This particularly applies to science and philosophy courses