Study Science with Oxford Summer Courses

Science Summer School

Our General Science course is designed to give you a taste of each of the key subjects that forms the basis of academic scientific study: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We take the best bits of each subject and pack them into 2 or 4 week courses designed to inspire and educate the Nobel Prize winners of tomorrow. In small group seminars we learn about the concepts that have inspired some of the world’s greatest scientific minds including Einstein, Darwin and Newton.

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 Science course below:

18-24 years

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

We offer specialist courses for the core sciences for 16+ year olds, so why not explore using our main menu to see what we have to offer?

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    18-24 timetable

16-17 years

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

We offer specialist courses for the core sciences for 16+ year olds, so why not explore using our main menu to see what we have to offer?

13-15 years

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

Our academic science course for 13-15 year olds covers a vast range of topics, from the ecology and environmental conditions that make our planet so hospitable for tens of thousands of species, to our very own human anatomy. Students are encouraged to think critically about the limitations of scientific investigation and are introduced to the molecular and genetic building blocks that underpin modern scientific study.

Practical afternoon workshops supplement the seminars and are focussed on how science works. We introduce students to practicing scientists and geneticists conducting cutting-edge research in Oxford. These guest talks are supplemented with hands-on, student led workshops such as designing a scientific investigation to looking at extreme examples of evolution, these hands-on workshops are intended to be a fun way of equipping students with the tools that will enable them to approach their science classes with a higher level of knowledge and renewed enthusiasm for the subject.

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

How much science do we rely on every day? Explore the worlds of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in this tour of exciting scientific discoveries. Launch your own rocket and learn what life might be like on Mars; examine the history of medicine and the accidental findings that help keep the world healthy; and experiment with colours and chemistry as you create your own bath bombs. Your tutor will guide you through the exciting history of some of the most important scientific discoveries, and show how scientists of the future might carry out their experiments. What kind of scientist will you be?

Staff

Beth

Dr Beth Mortimer

Beth is a third-year PhD student in the Zoology Department, University of Oxford, working in the Oxford Silk Group on spider and silkworm silks. Originally trained as a biologist at the University of Oxford, her PhD work combines physics and engineering methods with biological interpretation. She is particularly interested in answering questions about how silks are used as vibration sensors by spiders. She currently holds a Lectureship in Biological Sciences at Jesus College, Oxford. She also gained a postgraduate certificate in Education from Oxford Brookes University and loves teaching biology to a range of ages.

Cicely Marshall

Cicely currently works in Oxford University’s Department of Plant Sciences as a Visiting Researcher. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Oxford University, and a Masters’ degree in Environmental Studies at Brown University in the USA. Since 2010 Cicely has been working on tropical botanic projects in Liberia, Brazil, Brunei and Ghana. Her work focuses on rapidly surveying plant communities, plant identification, and scoring species for their global conservation and local use values. She has given tutorials to Oxford undergraduates and taught the Introduction to Botany module for Oxford Summer Courses in 2012.

Prices and Dates

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

  • 2 week courses: £3,895
    • • 25th June to 8th July
    • • 2nd July to 15th July (available to 16-17 and 18-24 age groups) Cambridge
    • • 9th July to 22nd July
    • • 16th July to 29th July (available to 16-17 and 18-24 age groups) Cambridge
    • • 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)
  • 3 week credit bearing course: £5,645
    • • 2nd July to 22nd July Wroxton (ages 18-24)
  • 4 week courses: £7,395
    • • 25th June to 22nd July
    • • 2nd July to 29th July Cambridge
    • • 9th July to 5th August
  • 4 week courses: £8,095
    • • 16th July to 12th August (available to 16-17 and 18-24 age groups) 2 weeks Oxford and 2 weeks Cambridge

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: £3,395 – 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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