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Frequently asked questions about the University of Cambridge Subject Masterclasses.

What are Subject Masterclasses?

The Masterclasses provide students with an opportunity to explore topics of interest beyond what is covered within the A Level syllabus, and offer the chance to experience typical undergraduate teaching at Cambridge.

Do I need to book?

Yes. Booking is essential.

We are unable to take bookings over the phone, so please use the booking links on the Masterclasses webpage. We are also unable to take bookings on the day of the event, so please ensure you book your place ahead of attending. If you arrive on the day without a booking we will be unable to permit you into the event. 

Do I qualify for a funded place?

Funded places are available for:

  • Anyone eligible for Free School Meals
  • Children in Care

If you're eligible and would like to apply for a funded place please submit your details on the funded place section of our website to receive an application form. Please note that funded place requests will only be accepted providing there are spaces available on the event.

I am a teacher. Can I book places for a group of year 12 students onto the Masterclass?

Unfortunately we do not accept group bookings. However students are welcome to book a place individually.

I am currently in Year 11; can I attend Subject Masterclasses?

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate younger year groups. The Subject Masterclass events are exclusively for Year 12 (or equivalent) students thinking of applying to Cambridge for the next academic year.

The University organises a number of other events throughout the year including some aimed specifically at students in Years 9, 10 and 11. Further details can be found under the Events tab.

The subject I am interested in studying is not running a Masterclass, what shall I do?

The subjects offering Masterclasses are continually being updated; we recommend you check back regularly. You can also register interest for upcoming Masterclasses to receive email notifications if your subject becomes available.

Can I join a waiting list for a Masterclass that is already full booked?

No. Unfortunately we do not operate waiting lists for Subject Masterclasses.

Will I receive a ticket?

Yes. You will receive a QR code when your booking is confirmed and this is your ticket for the event. Please bring this with you on the day, either printed out or on your phone.

I have booked a place but have not received my ticket, what shall I do?

In the first instance please check your email address that you used when booking your place, along with any junk mail folders. If you still cannot find a ticket please contact the Masterclass Team at

I have received my ticket but have not received any travel instructions, what shall I do?

All details about the event, including venues, timings and transport will be sent by email approximately one week before each Masterclass. We advise you to check your inbox and junk mail folder regularly around this time. For further help please contact the Masterclass Team at

I have booked onto a Masterclass but can no longer make it. What shall I do?

If you are no longer able to attend the event, you can cancel your booking up to 10 calendar days before the event date and be entitled to a full refund of the ticket price. To cancel your place please email with the following details:

  • Event name and date
  • The name on the booking
  • The email address on the booking
What are the timings for the Subject Masterclasses?

Generally, the timings for the Subject Masterclasses are as follows*: 10.30am – registration opens 11am – lectures begin 3pm – lectures end A lunch break and short beak will also be included during the day. Please note that we do not provide lunch/refreshments. We recommend bringing a packed lunch with you as there are limited catering facilities available onsite. *Timings for the event can be subject to change and a timetable will be sent to all who are registered ahead of the event.

Will the programme include a tour of a college?

The Masterclass programme does not include any tours of Cambridge colleges. Colleges may be open for you to visit on the day but this would need to be arranged directly with the college.

How do I travel to the Masterclasses/Cambridge?

Further information detailing how to find the venue will be emailed to you approximately one week before the event. If you do not receive the joining instructions two days prior to the event please email

Does the University provide travel/transportation to the Masterclasses?

The University of Cambridge does not provide transport for students attending Masterclasses, except those qualifying for a funded place (see below). However, detailed travel information will be available approximately two weeks before the event to help you arrange your own transport to the venue.

If you qualify for a funded place, you are eligible to have your travel expenses covered by the University. If you are able to travel to the event by train, the Cambridge Admissions Office can pre-book train tickets for you. Please contact if you require further information.

I have a disability, is there anything particular I need to know?

If you have indicated that you have a disability or other additional need when making your booking we will contact you to confirm whether you require any special arrangements.

Can I bring parents/siblings along to the Masterclass?

Unfortunately parents and siblings are not able to participate in Masterclasses. Most parents and siblings take the opportunity to visit Cambridge and our famous Colleges and University Buildings.

During the Masterclass we run a Parents and Supporters session. Booking information for this is provided approximately one week prior to the event and parents and supporters will be asked to book onto the session.

Is there a dress code for students attending the Masterclasses?

There is no dress code for the Masterclasses. Please wear whatever you feel most comfortable in.

I am interested in postgraduate study, can I attend Subject Masterclasses?

No. The Subject Masterclasses are for undergraduate applicants only. If you are interested in postgraduate study at Cambridge please contact the Graduate Admissions Office for more information about courses available. You can also view upcoming postgraduate events here.

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Masterclass Team
T 01223 765514