With 1.1 billion people expected to move to urban areas by 2030 the world’s cities are facing a crisis, how on earth can we transport all of these people using the existing infrastructure? Can Engineering save the day?

The course

London is no exception to the crisis, it’s a modern metropolis with an underground system (the world’s oldest) that was opened in 1863, nowadays it handles 5 million passenger journeys per day. But the underground needs constant maintenance, traffic on the road is constant and delays on the rail network slow down the city costing over 1 billion pounds per year, or 4.6 million pounds every single working day. How can we, as engineers, solve this crisis?

What alternative options exist? What systems are in place in other cities? How can we provide long term, sustainable, transport solutions?

Working with your team, you’ll try to develop a solution to this crisis, our expert tutors will guide you and you’ll get the chance to present your solution to a panel of experts.

Project based learning

At Oxford Summer Courses we are committed to giving you the best academic experiences to support and advance your understanding and skills within your field of study. Our tutors are all at the top of their field and, for our courses in London, they use a project-based learning method of teaching. This method means that you will have hands-on experience to investigate and engage with your subject, while actively exploring a topic and responding to key issues and questions related to this area. With the support of your tutor, fellow students and industry experts you will begin your journey to become an expert in your field.

Your future

By solving this challenge you’ll not only develop academic knowledge that will help you at university, you’ll also learn critical skills that will help you in your future career. Problem solving and team work are key if you’re going to thrive as an engineer and this course will show you how.

Course Lead


Lucy is graduate of Jesus College, Oxford, having studied Engineering Science with modules accredited by the Institute of Civil Engineers.

Lucy's research work has included involvement in a project designing the combustion systems for a 2014 F1 car as well as a project in maximising energy extraction from a tidal channel. Lucy has worked with Rolls Royce and their marine power operations, Houlder Offshore and bridge maintenance, and has spent time with the Royal Navy on their engineering facilities.

Lucy is now an academic at Cambridge University in the centre for Future Infrastructure and the Built Environment, working on challenges facing cities and developing infrastructure solutions that engineers need to create to solve them.

Lucy is passionate about the way in which modern cities are constructed and how engineering is needed to make these global metropolises work both now and in the future.

Course Location

Experience the future of transport and learn how engineering can solve the pressure on the world's growing mega-cities

Driverless pods and long range electric cars are all on the horizon as our cities continue to grow at a rapid rate. In London, a population of almost 9 million will reach 10 million by 2030 and the city centre population swells by over 50% during the working day. our cities are congested with ageing and overwhelmed transport systems. This is the global civil engineering challenge of our future. Through this course, you will consider what other systems are in place around the world and how successful they are. Then, using London as a case study, you will work with your fellow students to come up with detailed solutions that are economically viable and sustainable.

You will visit the UK's Institution of Civil Engineers and hear from their top experts. You will see civil engineering in action at the London Transport Museum, and participate in workshops with real transport engineers. You'll travel across, over and underneath London to trace the history of civil engineering and it's influence on the world's transport systems. You'll find the nerve centre for London's day to day control of the city's road and rail network, and hear from today's experts who are building tomorrow's solutions. You'll get top tips for entering this exciting and vital industry. And, when you've created your proposed solution, you'll pitch it to the experts who are looking for imagination, innovaton and the civil engineers of the future.

Course Experts

Institute of Civil Engineering Ambassador

Prices and Dates

2 week courses: £4,195

  • 1st July to 14th July 2018 - London (15-17 year olds)
  • 15th July to 28th July 2018 - London (15-17 year olds)

4 week courses: £7,895

  • 1st July to 28th July 2018 - London (15-17 year olds)

Included in the price is:

  • All teaching, including tutorials and small group seminars
  • Accommodation, breakfast and evening meals every day
  • All activities and excursions

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