Projects Courses

14 July - 4 August 2013

British & American Intelligence & Security

With Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, England

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 three week 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 the Imperial War Museum in London.

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 six academic credits for completing the course.


The academic course has seven principal components:

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 32 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.

7. Shorter visits will be made both to the colleges of the Cambridge spies and the principal medieval colleges of Cambridge. Students may also visit the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Parker Library of Corpus Christi, which houses a unique collection of Anglo-Saxon and early medieval manuscripts.

Corpus Christi College

Founded by the Guilds of Corpus Christi and the Blessed Virgin Mary, Corpus Christi bears the distinction of being the only college in Oxford or Cambridge to be founded by the town citizens, rather than a royal, rich, or other important person.

One of the college’s most famous assets is the Parker Library, named after Matthew Parker (1504-75), Master of the College and Archbishop of Canterbury during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Treasures include the earliest copy of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles and a bound copy of the St Augustine Gospels from the 6th century.

Former students of the college include the Elizabethan dramatist and secret agent Christopher Marlowe, American author Christopher Isherwood, and historian Captain B.H.Liddell Hart. A former president of the college is Professor Christopher Andrew, official historian of MI5.

Today the college is home to a very active, international community of 400 students (from all academic disciplines). The college is located in the historic centre of Cambridge and consists of the medieval buildings of Old Court, constructed around 1352, and the later New Court, built by the famous Regency architect William Wilkins in 1827. A recent addition to the college is the extraordinary Chronophage clock, designed by former student Dr John Taylor, now one of the most photographed tourist attractions in Cambridge!

A short introduction to the Summer School will be provided, availability permitting, by the present Master of the College (and former British Ambassador to Kuwait) Stuart Laing, at a reception to be held in the college gardens.

College Life

Accommodation at Corpus Christi will be single rooms (bathroom facilities shared) in Newnham house, a delightful Victorian villa with private gardens, set in an excellent riverside location a few minutes walk from the college. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be taken in the college dining hall and students will also experience a formal, traditional dinner, as enjoyed by generations of Cambridge scholars.

The college social and library facilities, as well as computer rooms, will be available to students at no extra cost. Internet access is included in the cost of your accommodation for those who wish to bring a laptop computer.

There will be opportunities to mix with local students as well as other overseas students visiting the University. Optional theatre visits, concerts and other cultural activities will be arranged or recommended. Unless otherwise stated (see later) these activities will not be included in the price.

Of course, you will also have free time during which you can explore for yourselves the delights of Cambridge, a city which combines a wealth of history with an exciting and multicultural present.


• David Burke PhD (Course Director, senior lecturer)

• Professor Christopher Andrew MA, PhD (guest lecturer)

• Mark Baldwin MA, MSc, PhD (guest lecturer)

Dr David Burke

David Burke teaches at the University of Cambridge and is the author of the Spy Who Came in from the Co-op, the story of Melita Norwood, one of the most important (and damaging) Soviet spies of the Cold War, who wasn’t unmasked until 1999. David’s book received many favourable reviews, including one from the CIA’s Centre for the Study of Intelligence.

Professor Christopher Andrew

Christopher Andrew is official historian of the Security Service (MI5) and Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Cambridge. He is past President of Corpus Christi College, Chair of the British Intelligence Study Group, and former Visiting Professor at Harvard. His numerous publications include Defence of the Realm, the official history of MI5, and KGB: The Inside Story, with former KGB officer Oleg Gordievsky.

Mark Baldwin

Mark Baldwin is one of Britain’s most experienced speakers on WWII intelligence with a particular expertise in code-breaking and the Enigma machine. Mark’s publishing company specialises in books about codebreaking, including Top Secret Ultra by Peter Calvocoressi, one of the very few first hand accounts of activities at Bletchley Park in WW2. He is the proud owner of a genuine German Navy Enigma machine.


Corpus Christi College of the University of Cambridge has a longstanding relationship with the ACE Foundation and is hosting this course as part of a number of affiliated projects. Full details of the college can be found at

Assessment and Credits

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, (note that this is not 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 6 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.


The cost of the programme is $3600.

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.


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.


A number of part-scholarships of $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 from a senior faculty member who knows well you and your work will also be required. For full details please email Scholarship applications must be received by the 31 March 2011.

How to apply

This course is aimed at American and Canadian University Students with an interest in British and American intelligence and security. To download an application form please click the following document: "AFBAIS13 Application Form.pdf" (File Size: 92Kb) and mail it to: Once you have been accepted onto the course we will require a $1000 deposit at time of confirmation. This deposit is non-refundable except in the event that the programme is cancelled. The closing date for applications is the 28 March 2013. To ensure a place on the summer school you are advised to book early.