Subject Masterclasses – Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge

Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge-340

Registrations are now open for this year’s series of online Subject Masterclasses. Each Masterclass will include two academic taster lectures, an undergraduate Q&A panel, a virtual tour of Corpus, and an admissions talk on applying to Cambridge. As such, these sessions are intended for Y12 students (Y13 in Northern Ireland/S5 in Scotland). Each subject session will run from 10:30 through to 15:00

The Subject Masterclasses give students a chance to experience taster lectures from Corpus academics, alongside an opportunity to hear from current Corpus undergrads about studying these degrees and an admissions talk on how to make a competitive application to Cambridge. As with last year’s series, these Masterclasses will all be hosted online. The Masterclasses are for all Y13 students who might be interested the subjects on offer this year, we welcome students who definitely know that they want to study, as well as those who are still exploring their options. They are excellent starting points for super-curricular study and they are often the inspiration for sparking new academic interests.

Students have to be registered by their school teacher and each school can register up to three students per Masterclass.

If any Year 13 pupil is interested in attending one of the below masterclasses, please express your interest to Mrs McCaughey, Careers Dept.


  • Monday 21 March: Medicine
    • Talk 1: Dr Alexis Joannides, Talk TBA
    • Talk 2: Dr Sam Behjati, “An introduction into cancer genomics”


  • Tuesday 22 March: English
    • Talk 1: Dr Drew Milne, “Practical Criticism”
    • Talk 2: Dr Eliza Haughton-Shaw, “Fiction and Beginnings”


  • Wednesday 23 March: Geography
    • Talk 1: Dr Christine Lane, “Timing is everything. How volcanic ash reveals secrets of past environmental change”
    • Talk 2: Dr Shreyashi Dasgupta, “Makeshift Accommodations in cities of the Global South”


  • Thursday 24 March: Mathematics
    • Talk 1: Dr Daria Frank, “Multiphase flows: from oil spills to disease transmission”
    • Talk 2: Dr Qingyuan Zhao, “How infectious was COVID-19 when it first circulated in Wuhan”


  • Friday 25 March: Chemistry
    • Talk 1: Dr Jenny Zhang & Professor Hasok Chang, “Chemistry and its role in answering the world’s biggest questions: past, present and future”
    • Talk 2: Dr Alexander Fawcett & Dr Adam Clancy, “From making drugs to nano materials”


  • Monday 28 March: Human, Social, and Political Sciences
    • Talk 1: Dr Harald Wydra, “Towards a New Cold War? Russia and the West”
    • Talk 2: Mary Gearen (PhD candidate), “Technology and ‘feminine’ labour in Bram Stoker’s Dracula”


  • Tuesday 29 March: Engineering
    • Talk 1: Dr David Hardman, “Aiming for all-purpose robotics: How do we design robots as adaptable as us?”
    • Talk 2: Prof Giulia Viggiani “Urban tunnelling – the challenges of creating underground space in historic cities”


  • Wednesday 30 March: Psychology and Behavourial Sciences
    • Talk 1: Dr Susie Bower-Brown, Talk TBA
    • Talk 2: Jean Anne Heng (PhD candidate), Talk TBA


  • Thursday 31 March: History
    • Talk 1: Dr Charles Read, “Why did so many people die during the Irish famine”
    • Talk 2: Dr Laure Miolo “Medieval Magic”


  • Friday 1 April: Philosophy
    • Talk 1: Dr Daniel Williams, “Puzzles of Self-Deception”
    • Talk 2: Prof James Warren, “Three Problems with Truth”