The University of Cambridge is hosting open days, summer schools and subject masterclasses in 2014 for prospective undergraduate students in Archaeology and related subjects.
Whether it has been your life-long ambition to be involved in an excavation or you’ve simply had your interest piqued by watching one on Time Team, you may be interested in how archaeologists gather and analyse fragmentary evidence from the past to explore the lives of people from long ago. The academic study of Archaeology not only gets your hands dirty but enables students to engage in stimulating and exciting intellectual debate, investigate interdisciplinary connections across the arts and the sciences, as well as contribute towards cutting-edge research and develop a highly employable skillset, regardless of whether you see yourself in a trench, museum, laboratory, or somewhere else altogether in the future. If you are interested in finding out more, there are lots of opportunities over the coming months to visit Cambridge to learn about the variety and opportunities offered by a degree in Archaeology at a world-class university.
Archaeology is one of several ‘tracks’ in the Human, Social & Political Science (HSPS) course at Cambridge, which allows students to specialise in areas such as Archaeology, Anthropology, Assyriology and Egyptology, or study modules in these subjects alongside other HSPS options.
The Department for Archaeology & Anthropology is holding an open day on Monday 10th March 2014, which will include a tour of the facilities, a hands-on session with artefacts in the department’s Museum and the chance to meet academic staff and current students. Ranked the top university for the study of the subjects in 2014 by the Complete University Guide (see here), Cambridge’s Archaeology & Anthropology department rates highly in terms of entry standards, student satisfaction, research assessment and graduate prospects.
The Haddon Library, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology © Cambridge University
If you don’t get the chance to attend the March open day, then there are the main University open days on Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th July 2014 when all of the departments and colleges will be open to prospective students and their parents. For more information, please see the open days webpage here. If you are unable to travel to Cambridge for these events, there are a series of conferences jointly organised by Oxford & Cambridge which take place across the UK for Year 12 students and their teachers. Academic staff from the Archaeology Division will be attending the following Oxford & Cambridge Student Conferences: Edinburgh (Tuesday 18th March), Newcastle (Wednesday 19th March) and Birmingham (Friday 28th March); and other representatives of the HSPS course will be present at the remaining conferences.
If you would like to learn more about typical first-year teaching in HSPS, a series of taster lectures will be given in a specialist masterclass on Saturday 22nd March 2014. The day will also include an overview of the admissions process from an Admissions Tutor and the chance to hear about student life from a curent undergraduate. This event is aimed at academically able Year 12 students at any school/college. Places are limited and must be booked in advance at this website.
Booking is now also open for the University’s Sutton Trust Summer Schools, free subject-specific residential courses for Year 12 students attending UK state schools. The Sutton Trust Summer School for Archaeology & Biological Anthropology will run from Monday 11th to Friday 15th August 2014. The course will take place at the University’s Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, which houses a collection spanning nearly 2 million years of human history and is used for teaching and research at the Department. Participants will gain experience of handling, studying and researching human artefacts with experts at the Museum, and gain an overview of the course and approach to learning at Cambridge from academic staff. The residential course will also provide prospective students with the chance to stay at one of the Cambridge Colleges.
All applicants for the summer school must have at least 5 A grades at GCSE (or equivalent), and be taking subjects appropriate for their chosen course. Further application information is available on the Summer Schools website here and the application closing date is Monday 10th March 2014.
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology © Cambridge University
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