Study Earth Sciences with Oxford Summer Courses

Earth Sciences Summer School

Earth Sciences is an exciting interdisciplinary subject that combines physics, chemistry and biology to try to better understand the planet we live on. From future energy sources to devastating earthquakes and the threat of climate change, Earth Scientists are working at the forefront of a range of pressing global problems. A detailed, scientific approach is vital if we are to understand the past, present and future of our natural world, and how we as humans ought to interact with it.

Courses

At Oxford Summer Courses we are committed to the best academic experiences and to the personalised learning that has made Oxford a global academic force. So while all of our tutors are at the top of their fields depending on your age you'll be taught in slightly different ways. We use small group seminars to ensure that you get greater attention than you could elsewhere. On top of that if you're aged 16-17 or 18-24 then you'll receive weekly tutorials from leading academics mirroring the teaching method that makes Oxford a world-renowned university. Choose your Earth Sciences course below:

18-24 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • Somerville College
  • tutorials & group seminars
  • Breakfast and dinner included

By studying Earth Sciences at Oxford Summer Courses students should expect focussed lectures on the science behind a range of natural phenomena, as well as targeted debates on how we can best manage the risks associated with natural hazards. Should scientists be put on trial for failing to predict an earthquake? How would you supply a country’s energy needs whilst simultaneously meeting specific carbon emissions targets? Tutorials give students an opportunity to showcase their background reading and discuss further the topics within Earth Sciences that most interest them.

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  • Earth Sciences- 18-24 year olds course

    18-24 timetable

16-17 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • Somerville College
  • tutorials & group seminars
  • Breakfast and dinner included

Our Earth Sciences course for 16-17 year olds introduces students to how the science they learn at school can be relevant in challenging real-world situations. You’ll study earthquakes, volcanoes and climate change via tutorials, group work and scenario games, which will allow you to apply your knowledge in specific contexts.

13-15 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • High quality Oxford accommodation
  • Maximum 6 students per class
  • Breakfast and dinner included

For 13-15 year olds, we've crafted a natural science course which aims to take students deeper into the principles which underpin our experiences and knowledge. Our specialised natural science course for 13-15 year olds covers a fascinating range of scientific topics, taking an in-depth look at the chemical reactions and interactions that shape our daily lives. We'll also take a close look at other scientific topics within the fields of biology and physics, providing our students with an interactive and engaging introduction to the academic sciences. Read more on our course page by clicking the button below.

10-12 years

  • 1,2,3 and 4 week courses available
  • High quality accommodation at Wycombe Abbey
  • Around 15 students per class
  • All meals included

Science Explorers

Our specialised natural science course for 10-12 year olds covers a vast range of scientific topics, from the interactions of molecules and atoms beneath the surface of our everyday lives to fascinating chemical reactions. We'll also take a close look at other scientific topics within the fields of biology and physics, providing our students with an interactive and engaging introduction to the academic sciences. Read more on our course page by clicking the button below.

Staff

Dr Tim Middleton

Dr Tim Middleton

Tim Middleton holds a PhD in Earth Sciences from Oxford University. He has spent the last four years researching continental tectonics and earthquake hazard at the margins of the Ordos Plateau, in northern China. Prior to this he completed his Master’s degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University. Tim has previously taught at St. Anne’s College, Oxford, as well as tutoring undergraduates in the Earth Sciences Department on various aspects of geophysics and tectonics. For the last two years he has also delivered workshops on earthquakes in schools across the country.

Prices and Dates

Courses for 13-15, 16-17 and 18-24 year olds:

  • 2 week courses: £3,895
    • • 25th June to 8th July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • 25th June to 8th July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups) limited availability
    • • 2nd July to 15th July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups) limited availability
    • • 9th July to 22nd July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • 9th July to 22nd July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups) limited availability
    • • 16th July to 29th July, Cambridge (16-17 and 18-24 age groups) limited availability
    • • 16th July to 29th July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age group) limited availability
    • • 23rd July to 5th August, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
    • • 30th July to 12th August, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
  • 3 week credit-bearing course at Wroxton College: £5,645
    • • 2nd July to 22nd July, Wroxton College (18-24 age group)
  • 4 week courses: £7,395
    • • 25th June to 22nd July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • Oxford, (16-17 and 18-24 age group) contact Admissions Office to check availability at info@oxfordsummercourses.com

Included in the price is:

  • All teaching, including tutorials (16-17 and 18-24 only) and small group seminars
  • Accommodation and breakfast every day
  • All evening meals at local restaurants (16-17 and 18-24 only)
  • A three-course college banquet on Friday evening
  • Lunch for students aged 13-15 three times a week and all evening meals (3 times a week at local restaurants)
  • All activities and excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance.

Courses for 10-12 year olds:

Held at Wycombe Abbey

  • • One week: £1,495 – Starting July 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd
  • • Two weeks: £2,795 – Starting July 2nd, 9th and 16th
  • • Three weeks: £3,995 – Starting July 2nd and 9th
  • • Four weeks: £5,195 – Starting July 2nd

Included in the price is:

  • All teaching, including small group seminars
  • Accommodation
  • All meals including lunch
  • All activities and excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance.

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