Study Psychology with Oxford Summer Courses

Psychology is the scientific study of mental life. The human brain is the most complex object on earth containing over 100 billion nerve cells, and 100 trillion connections among them. It is the source of all thought and behaviour.

Focusing on the relationship between brain, mind and behaviour, the study of psychology provides students with the opportunity to be on the frontier of scientific research, involved in a fast-moving and rapidly changing subject.

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 Psychology course below:

18-24 years

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

Lying at the intersection of many other disciplines, from linguistics to philosophy, studying psychology allows students to develop many different skills and modes of thought. Frequently studied psychological questions include ‘How do we perceive the world around us?’, ‘Is there a link between genius and madness?’, ‘Why do we conform to societies norms?’, ‘What is emotion?’. At Oxford the emphasis is on scientific rigour, and evidence based discussion, teaching students to think critically and analytically, and question the information presented to them.

Psychology is the subject for students with natural curiosity, who question the world around them and are interested in covering a diverse range of disciplines, while upholding the principles of scientific analysis.

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  • Psychology- 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

Psychology for 16-17 year olds gives students the opportunity to explore one of the most fascinating topics in modern science. With a mix of seminars and tutorials, you'll be able to study the questions of interest to you, whether asking 'How do we perceive the world around us?' or 'What is emotion?'. Our expert tutors will ensure that students cover a wide range of disciplines whilst still upholding the principles of scientific analysis.

13-15 years

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

Psychology for 13-15 year olds is covered by our Medicine and Psychology course, which you can find out more about 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

We don't currently offer a specialised Psychology course for 10-12 year olds, but you may wish to explore our Science course by clicking the course link below.

Staff

Laura Taylor

Laura Taylor

Laura has a Doctorate from Oxford University in Psychology and her research interests are focussed on mental health and wellbeing in adolescence. She currently works as a researcher at Oxford University and has taught Psychology to undergraduates from Oxford University and Stanford University. She has been a tutor with Oxford Summer Courses for 7 years.
Matthew Thompkins

Matthew Thompkins

Matt Tompkins is a doctoral researcher with Oxford’s Experimental Psychology Department. He has previously been employed as a tutor for Somerville and New colleges, teaching cognitive psychology to Oxford undergraduates. He has also been employed as a psychology course instructor for Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. He holds a Masters of Science in Psychological Research from Oxford University and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York at Geneseo. His most recent paper, “The Phantom Vanish Magic Trick: Investigating the Disappearance of a Non-existent Object in a Dynamic Scene” is published in Frontiers in Psychology.

Luka Katic

Luka Katic

Luka earned his first degree in Economics at the University of Novi Sad in Serbia. During his master in business negotiations, he became more interested in how emotions effect our decision making, and the human mind in general. This is when he enrolled master studies in Cognitive Science at the University of Vienna. The two program covered everything from human biology to philosophy of mind. Finally, he was honoured to receive a DPhil offer from Oxford University and a place at Keble College. Luka Katic is now a third year DPhil student of experimental psychology at the University of Oxford. In his work he focuses on social emotions such as guilt and shame, particularly the interpersonal and evolutionary function of guilt, self-punishment as a form of social signalling, and the interplay between guilt, apology and interpersonal relationships. Luka presented his work at scientific conferences in Leiden, Edinburgh, Ljubljana and Vienna.

Prices and Dates

  • 2 week courses: £3,895
    • • 25th June to 8th July (available to all ages)
    • 2nd July to 15th July FULL, WAITING LIST ONLY (available to 16-17 and 18-24 age groups) with Christ Church en-suite supplement of £350 What’s this?
    • • 9th July to 22nd July (available to all ages)
    • • 16th July to 29th July (available to 16-17 and 18-24 age groups) with Christ Church en-suite supplement of £350 What’s this?
    • • 23rd July to 5th August (available to 16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
    • • 30th July to 12th August (available to 16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
  • 4 week courses: £7,395
    • • 25th June to 22nd July (available to all age groups)
    • 2nd July to 29th July FULL, WAITING LIST ONLY (available to 16-17 and 18-24 age groups) with Christ Church en-suite supplement of £700 What’s this?
    • • 9th July to 5th August (available to all age groups)
    • • 16th July to 12th August (available to 16-17 and 18-24 age groups)

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