Has there ever been a more pressing time to study earth sciences? After all, our planet is having to face up to some pretty tough questions: How do we manage the earth’s natural resources? What can be done about climate change? And how do we manage the increasing risks of natural phenomena?
If similar issues keep you awake at night, then this Oxford summer course in earth sciences could be your thing. Oxford’s earth scientists sit at the forefront of today’s global issues and are behind much of the research and discovery that drives global policy. Studying here in our city means you’ll be learning directly from the people that are already shaping our planet’s future. Perhaps it’s your turn to do your bit?
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Why do past students rave about our earth sciences summer course in Oxford? Find out in this short video…
Our highly experienced tutors boast practical research experience in earth sciences and will guide you through some of today’s key issues.
Our Oxford earth sciences summer course is modelled on the tutorial system used by the world-renowned Oxford university. With a very practical, hands-on focus you’ll study the theory in your weekly tutorials and then be encouraged to go away and solve specific problems.
It takes a broad range of sciences to understand the planet we live on. Thus, you’ll be applying ideas from a combination of physics, biology and chemistry to very real and current situations. Importantly, the intimate seminars and access to one-to-one guidance also allows you to pursue your own specific areas of interest in earth sciences – and means that it is the interests of the students and not a rigid syllabus that shape the content of your learning.
Leah Matchett, originally from Grand Haven, Michigan, is a Marshall Scholar and MPhil in International Relations at the University of Oxford. She spent summers as an associate researcher in nuclear security on the Managing the Atom project at Harvard, as a graduate fellow studying nuclear policy at KAIST in Daejeon, South Korea, and as an environmental science technology and health intern at the US Department of State in Guangzhou, China. She taught a Physics and Global Studies Course in Nuclear Weapons and Disarmament for two semesters at the University of Illinois as an Undergraduate, and has been tutoring both on line and in person for years. She holds a bachelors degree in geology and global studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr Olga ChowdhuryBIO
Dr. Olga Chowdhury held an Associate Professorship in Geotechnical Engineering at Kiev National University of Civil Engineering and Architecture for over ten years. She is a civil engineer who specialises in Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering. She has been a Visiting Lecturer in Coastal Engineering at University College London and held a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. She is a member of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, and served as a member of the 2016 Scientific Committee of the VIII International Conference on Scour and Erosion, Oxford. Author of more than forty publications on soil-structure interaction.
Dr Suzanna MasonBIO
Dr Suzanna Mason is an ecologist who specialises in biogeography, studying changes in species’ distributions under climate change. She teaches undergraduates at the New College of the Humanities as part of the Science Literacy course, educating on environmental science, conservation, science policy and science communication. She has presented research to a wide variety of audiences around the world, and is a strong advocate for citizen science projects to engage the public in science.
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.
"My tutor really knows the subject and goes into great depth. "
"The tutorials were the best part, since our tutor gave us individual feedback about the parts that needed to be improved and gave us valuable suggestions about our essay."
"Oxford Summer Courses has exceeded my expectations and has been a great way for me to meet people from all over the world while experiencing all that Oxford has to offer."
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