Oxford is home to some of the greatest biological research in the world with departments covering Zoology to Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. Biological researchers in Oxford work in state-of-the-art laboratories and are surrounded by a rich array of resources including the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, the Botanic Garden, the Herbarium, Harcourt Arboretum, the John Krebs field station and Wytham Woods.
Oxford’s beautiful landscapes, rivers and nature reserves mean you are surrounded by the natural world. But whatever your interest, be it protein functions in the body, or the behaviour of the animals in the Artic Circle, there is something here for you.
From age 13 to 24, our Oxford biology summer courses are designed specifically to fit your level of experience.
Why do past students rave about our Biology summer course in Oxford? Find out in this short video…
Oxford attracts world-leading biologists to work in the state of art facilities and your tutors will be among them.
The tutorial-based system is known throughout the world as an outstanding method of teaching. You'll be taught in individualised classes, followed by one-to-one sessions to allow you to explore your own interests in depth. Teaching here goes beyond the facts and asks you to learn actively, taking part and challenging your own thinking, as well as that of your classmates and even your tutor.
You will be expected to delve into topics outside of the classes and are given guidance on how to explore particular areas of interest. You'll then have a chance to discuss your ideas with a world expert in the field, making the teaching uniquely personal.
Emaba Zaman is a qualified science teacher and holds a degree from University of Cambridge in Education and Biological Sciences. She has obtained her teaching qualification (PGCE) from King’s College for which she was awarded a grade 1. She is currently enrolled at University of Oxford for Part 3 of her MSc. in Learning and Teaching and she has successfully completed Part 1 and 2. She has extensive experience in working with sixth formers and preparing them for Medical school / Oxbridge interviews. Her Biological Science background is in Physiology, Cell Biology and Experimental Psychology. She has previously taught in Windermere Summer School and has attended a semester at Harvard University during her undergraduate years to gain credits in Psychology. She has also been the President of Team Up (Cambridge Committee), where she coordinated and delivered an after school tutoring programme across four schools in Cambridgeshire through the recruitment of Cambridge University students. During her time at Cambridge, she has been the executive secretary at the student union and has helped organise various society events. At present, Ms. Zaman is a Science Teacher in an outstanding school in London.
Hila Levy is studying for her DPhil in Zoology at Oxford, researching the diseases and population genetics of several penguin species in Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic. Originally from Puerto Rico, Hila has lived, studied and worked on every continent. A strong believer in interdisciplinary teaching and research, she obtained a B.S. in Biology, Arabic, French and Spanish from the US Air Force Academy, followed by an MSt. in Historical Research and an MSc. in Biology from Oxford while on a Rhodes Scholarship. She subsequently worked in government service for several years, and obtained an additional M.S. in Environmental Planning and Management from Johns Hopkins University before returning to Oxford for her doctoral studies on a Clarendon Scholarship. Hila has taught with Oxford Summer Courses for two years, and also lectures and tutors Oxford undergraduates in Biological Sciences.
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Victoria Wyllie de Echeverria is a tutor in Biology at Oxford Summer Courses. Victoria has taught students ranging in age from 16-4th year university for 6 years, in the subjects of biology, ecology, human and physical geography, plant sciences and ethnoecology. To this end, Victoria has taken training courses both at the University of Victoria and the University of Oxford to receive accreditations to teach in higher education and investigate different interactive teaching methods. Her research interests include plant taxonomy and ethnobotany, in particular how local people use and classify plants and animals, and how they are adjusting to changes in the weather and ecosystems, and she has co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles.
Why not mix it up a little?
Are you torn between two subjects, or undecided on which city to study in? The good news is that you can often combine two subjects, or even split your studies between different UK locations.
"You get the chance to ask questions to someone that can tell you what it’s like to work in that field and who can answer more difficult questions, you get a more inspiring insight in the subject than you get in your normal school. "
"My tutor, Mrs. Hila Levy was really kind and helpful, she made sure that all of the students in her class clearly understand the new concepts that she explained, and she used to give us a full feedback when we finish our work. "
"Oxford Summer Courses offered what I was looking for. I wanted to studied two specific subjects; I also wanted to experience a different teaching method; and I was also looking for that balance between social and academic activities."
"The best thing about Cambridge is that you experience something new with people all around the world, also you learn different things throughout your journey."
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