United Kingdom, Cambridge

British & American Intelligence & Security

when 9 July 2012 - 5 August 2012
duration 4 weeks
credits 8 ECTS
fee EUR 4400

The Corpus Christi Summer School in
British and American Intelligence and
Security provides in-depth teaching in UK and
US intelligence & security programmes from
the reign of Elizabeth I to the conflicts in
Afghanistan and Iraq. The month-long summer
school is based in the medieval setting of
Corpus Christi College, founded in 1352,
one of the oldest of the 31 historic colleges
forming the University of Cambridge.
The programme offers an exciting
opportunity to study in England and will be
of interest to students of history, politics and
international relations. The course includes
a number of visits in the company of expert
lecturers to many famous sites associated with
intelligence practice in the UK, including the
wartime code and cipher school at Bletchley
Park, the home of Colossus (the world’s first
semi-programmable electronic computer), the
Cabinet War Rooms, the Imperial War Museum
at Duxford and a visit to the Operation
Carpetbagger Aviation Museum, the home
of the USAAF’s 801st/492nd Bomb Group
that delivered secret agents and supplies to
resistance groups in occupied Europe.
Any student attending this course will
obtain the latest, up-to-date knowledge; make
new friends, both student and professional,
and learn many secrets of tradecraft. It is
anticipated that students will obtain eight
academic credits for completing the course.

Course leader

David Burke PhD (Course Director,
senior lecturer)
Professor Christopher Andrew MA, PhD
(guest lecturer)
David Langley PhD (guest lecturer)
Mark Baldwin MA, MSc, PhD (guest lecturer)

Target group

Participation in the summer school is limited
to undergraduate and graduate students of
four-year accredited colleges or universities or
individuals with a professional interest in the
subject. Applicants should normally have a
cumulative grade point average of B or better
in their college studies.

Course aim

1. Meet Christopher Marlowe, secret agent during
the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, for six-and-a-half
years a Corpus Christi scholar, acclaimed poet
and dramatist, author of Dr. Faustus and a
central figure in more than one murder mystery.
2. Professor Christopher Andrew, whose recent
book The Defence of the Realm will prove an
invaluable companion, lectures on the Cambridge
Spies – Kim Philby, Anthony Blunt, Guy Burgess,
John Cairncross and Donald Maclean.
3. A series of 35 lectures given by senior
academics covering UK and US intelligence
from the reign of Elizabeth I to the
Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts.
4. An optional afternoon programme of tutorials
to discuss lectures and other intelligence matters.
5. Enigma: The Codebreakers’ Role in the
Battle of the Atlantic. Under the guidance of
Dr Mark Baldwin, leading expert on the German
Enigma code of WW2, experience an original
Enigma machine and decode your own messages.
6. Field visits to important sites in Britain
associated with UK and US Second World War
and Cold War intelligence operations.

Credits info

For those wishing to take the course to
secure credits from their home universities,
performance in the course will be assessed
on the basis of a short (ca. 2000 word) paper
on a topic of the student’s choice and guided
by the course director, due a month after
the summer school ends, plus a 30 minute
assessed presentation and question session
at the end of the course (note that neither
of these is a requirement for enrolment
on the course). It is anticipated that most
American universities will accept satisfactory
completion of the course as the equivalent of
8 credits in the American academic system.
Note we cannot recommend credit for those
who do not complete all parts of the course.
Certificates substantiating the course content
and recommending credit and, if relevant, the
grades awarded, will be provided at the end
of the course. Please note that neither Corpus
Christi College nor Cambridge University is
in a position to award academic credit. It is up
to you to ensure, preferably in advance, that
your college or university will recognize such
certification and award the suggested credits.

Fee info

EUR 4400: The price includes accommodation in single
rooms at Corpus Christi College. It includes all
meals, tuition, internet access, special University
facilities and all field trips (including travel)
and admission costs. The cost does not include
travel to and from Cambridge, insurance,
entertainments or other optional activities.


A number of part-scholarships of $500 to
$1000 are offered by the ACE Foundation to
students in genuine need of financial aid.
A cumulative average of B-plus or better in
college studies is a prerequisite for a
scholarship. A letter of recommendation