Study Physics with Oxford Summer Courses

Our physics course studies the universe from large scale theories such as the Big Bang to the minutiae of particle behaviour. By gaining an understanding of why the world around us is the way it is, and how it works, physicists can push the boundaries of scientific knowledge. Mathematics is crucial to this endeavour, and so our seminars investigate physical mathematics and mechanics – both of which play a crucial role in the discipline. From planetary motion to tracing the trajectory of rockets, physics can help us understand why physical objects in the universe behave as they do.

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 Physics course below:

18-24 years

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

Tutorials at Oxford Summer Courses enable students to delve into the area of physics that most interests them: amongst the different areas of physics that can be studied are electronics, geophysics, mechanics, relativity and thermodynamics.

Week 1 generally focusses on relativity and quantum mechanics, exploring areas such as relative motion and Lorentz transformations, before your second week takes a look at particle physics and cosmology. Oxford Summer Courses’ Physics programme is ordinarily taught through two two-hour seminars and one one-hour tutorial per week.

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  • Physics- 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 Physics course for 16-17 year olds explores a huge range of topics within your time in Oxford. We'll take a look at the theories of relativity and quantum mechanics, solving problems associated with your seminar discussions and deconstructing them during your tutorial. You'll also move into the areas of particle physics and cosmology, exploring the forces that bind our world - and the world beyond - together.

13-15 years

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

Physics for 13-15 year olds is covered in our Natural Sciences course, why not head over and have a look by clicking the course link 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

Physics for 10-12 year olds is covered in our Natural Sciences course, why not head over and have a look by clicking the course link below?

Staff

physics tutor

Marcus King

For his undergraduate, Marcus read Natural Sciences at Jesus College Cambridge. He studied Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Evolutionary Biology and the History and Philosophy of Science over his first two years before specialising in Physical Chemistry during his third year. Marcus' specialist areas were applied quantum mechanics and the study of molecular magnetic fields.

Having completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at St Hugh's College Oxford, Marcus now teaches Physics at an independent school in West London. He is currently doing a Masters in Education Research Methods at University College London, specialising in the attainments and attitudes of elite students.

physics tutor

Aleksander Sebesta

Aleksandar Sebesta received an MSc in Chemistry from ETH Zurich in 2010. He is currently finishing his DPhil in the group of Prof. Philipp Kukura at the department of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Oxford. His research is focusing on light-matter interactions on the single molecule level, related to single protein detection, and ultrafast single molecule spectroscopy. He is a Tutor in Physics at Oxford Summer Courses, and his current course topic is entitled: An Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

physics tutor

Peiyu Chen

Peiyu Chen is a D.Phil. student at the Department of Materials of Oxford University, who started in 2015. She works in the Surface Nanoscience group led by Professor Martin Castell. Before coming to Oxford, Peiyu studied at the University of Cambridge from 2010 to 2014, and graduated with Bachelor of Arts and Master of Natural Sciences (Honours) degree (focusing on Materials Science). She then worked for one year (2014-2015) for Morgan Advanced Materials PLC, a materials engineering company, as a technical engineer. Peiyu has been working as a personal tutor for school and university students through First Tutors, where she has consistently received top feedback.

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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