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Undergraduate Study


The Education Tripos at Cambridge is a rigorous and rewarding inter-disciplinary degree. You follow one of three 'tracks' combining in-depth study of a particular field of interest with an examination of wider educational and social issues.

The three 'tracks':

  • The Education, Psychology and Learning track focuses on education from a psychological perspective; exploring human development and education in a variety of social and cultural environments.
  • In Education, Policy and International Development you consider historical and contemporary discussions concerning these areas, and education’s role in economic and social change.
  • Education, English, Drama and the Arts combines the study of drama and/or English literature with key issues in education, such as debates around creativity, learning and culture.

What is the study of Education?

Education - with the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge at its heart - is one of the most important and powerful cultural currents of change and growth in the modern world. These key characteristics are reflected in the structure of the Education Tripos, a diverse and intellectually exciting course which opens up a wide range of employment opportunities and careers in educational research, policy-making and teaching in the UK and abroad.

Undergraduate studentEducation, as a major social science in its own right, explores the intellectual, social and psychological development of the child and young person from birth through to adulthood and the role of literacy, language and creativity in learning. It examines the historical contexts shaping educational ideas and movements and the underlying philosophical principles and political beliefs promoting notions of meritocracy, equality, social inclusion, poverty alleviation and human rights.

At Cambridge, you will engage with these important contemporary themes and ongoing debates, developing and applying a form of critical literacy suited to addressing the varieties of evidence generated and used by educational researchers, policy-makers and professionals.

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Message to applicants for 2016 entry: Please be aware that the description above includes revisions to the Education Tripos from October 2017. If you are applying for 2016 and considering deferred entry, you should discuss this at interview.