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A Taste of Student Life at Cambridge: Faraday Institute Enrichment Programme on Science and Religion

21 Mar - 21 Apr 2022
A taste of student life at Cambridge: Faraday Institute Enrichment Programme on Science and Religion

A Taste of Student Life at Cambridge:

Faraday Institute Enrichment Programme on Science and Religion


  • Location    

Cambridge, United Kingdom


  • Host Institution 

 The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, United Kingdom 


  • Brief Description of the Programme

This programme is aimed at providing an enrichment through immersion in the contemporary intellectual dialogue between science and religion, facilitated by the professional staff of The Faraday Institute and Cambridge University faculty. Students will be accommodated in one of the Cambridge Colleges.


The programme aim is to enhance and enrich the students’ total learning experience and personal development through engagement with the science and religion dialogue in order to:

  • Sharpen their critical intellectual enquiry;
  • Engage them in tackling intellectual issues over which there may be divergent views;
  • Enhance their skills in guided self-directed study;
  • Through critical self-reflection to develop a greater understanding of others whilst at the same time developing a view of their own;
  • Enrich their intercultural understanding and experience of global citizenship through being part of the Cambridge University community;
  • Develop their skills in communication and collaboration.

Because the total group size will be small (3-5 students) most of the teaching and learning will take place via seminars and tutorials. This means that the level of teaching and interaction will be intense, but on the other hand there will be a high level of private study. In practice this will have two important outcomes:


  • Students will benefit from more direct engagement with their tutors;
  • Students will develop a high level of independent learning skills – through their guided supervisions.

In addition there will be site visits/ field trips for experiential learning and the placing of taught topics into a broader cultural context.


Students will be assessed by their engagement in seminar presentations and tutorials, reflective journals and through written essays. Private study sessions will include reading set books and journal articles but also accessing the extensive video archive of Faraday lectures where the topic for consideration is taught in depth.


During their stay, HKBU students will be hosted as “visiting international students” at a college of the University of Cambridge. This will integrate HKBU students as part of the undergraduate community at the University of Cambridge. HKBU students will be able to participate in student activities and make use of the facilities available at the college.


  • Eligibility

- RPE majors, MPhil students and PhD students of HKBU Department of Religion and Philosophy
- Proficiency in English to a minimum of IELTS level 6 or equivalent 

- Interest in science and religion are essential

- Additional interest in philosophy are desirable


  • Duration

10 weeks or 1-semester between 22 August 2022 – 29 May 2023

Semester 1: August 2022 – December 2022

Semester 2: January 2023 – May 2023


  • Option and Tuition Fee
Option AOption B
  • Taught course for 1 semester (15 weeks) 
  • 3 modules plus essay
  • Short taught course for 10 weeks 
  • 2 modules plus essay
  • Costs: Approximately GBP 18,000 in total, including tuition fee, College fee, accommodation and basic living expenses. 
  • Costs: Approximately GBP 15,000 in total, including tuition fee, College fee, accommodation and basic living expenses.


  • Scholarship

The Department will provide a scholarship to ONE student admitted to the Programme by the Faraday Institute to cover his or her costs of accommodation and tuition fee. The amount of the scholarship is GBP 15,000. The recipient of the scholarship will be selected based on his or her academic performance and demonstrated financial needs.


If the recipient of the scholarship is admitted to the Programme under Option A, he or she needs to cover the remaining costs himself or herself.


  • Other Costs

Students are fully responsible for their inbound and outbound transportation costs, visas (if applicable), and all other living expenses, which may be incurred during the study/visiting period including, but not limited to, meals, healthcare and medicine, books and supplies, and other non-academic or non-obligatory facilities. They are also required to subscribe to adequate health insurance and any other insurance, and to pay for COVID-19 virus testing, accommodation for quarantine, vaccination fees and other fees related to quarantine as may be directed by the Faraday Institute, the College and the United Kingdom and Hong Kong government authorities, and to provide proof of subscription upon request.  


  • Credit Transfer

Students may apply for credit transfer at HKBU after successful completion of the Programme in the Faraday Institute.  The maximum number of transferrable credits is 12 units for Option A and 9 units for Option B.


  • Application Deadline

5pm, 21 April 2022 (Thursday)


  • Application Method

Please provide the following documents and information:

(1) your latest CV

  • please outline your qualifications (including place of education, nature of qualification, academic achievement, English proficiency), other noteworthy achievements, and other relevant experience. It would be helpful if you indicate what common core modules you have undertaken at HKBU and what results (if any) you have achieved for the modules.

(2) an application letter / personal statement

  • You can submit either a ‘letter’ (i.e. with formal addressee and letter heads) or a personal statement. It is important that this document outlines (a) reasons for wanting to study Science & Religion, (b) reasons for wanting to study at the Faraday Institute in Cambridge, (c) how this course might fit into your personal and future academic development (if relevant). The purpose of this statement is to give you an opportunity to communicate your passion for the topic and your suitability for undertaking this course. You will be given further opportunities to elaborate on this further in the interview, based on the materials you have submitted.

(3) your grade record at HKBU

(4) your choice of option (Option A or B), semester (Semester 1 or 2) 
(5) Whether you would like to apply for the Department’s scholarship, and if yes, a 250-word statement of financial needs 


Please email the above documents and information to on or before the deadline.


  • Selection Process

After the application deadline, the Department will draw up a shortlist for the Programme. The shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online admission interview with the Faraday Institute during the week beginning 25 April. Interviewee(s) will be notified of the results in early May 2022. 


* Before submitting your application, please read the important documents below:


Factsheet to Students    Leaflet of  the Enrichment Programme from the Faraday Institute


Enquiry: Ms. Ivy Yeung (Tel: 3411-7822, Email:


* The Department of Religion and Philosophy and the Faraday Institute reserve the right to accept and reject applications.