How did London evolve from its creation as a Roman city in 43AD to the crowded, chaotic megacity we see today? What buildings have survived in London, and why?

The course

In this course you will explore and discover London’s stories – from medieval rebels and underground temples to the stories of migration and the decline of empire. Led by your own interests, you will learn how to research and produce cutting-edge historical work on aspects of London’s history that will then be published online in a group blog and micro-conference panel with a London historian. You will understand how to use historical archives, and discover ways of using literary and visual sources in your work. You’ll also acquire a deeper familiarity with London’s histories through guided walks across the capital. Prepare to find out more about the sides of London that the tourists never see.

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

You’ll expand your knowledge as a historian with London providing the subject matter, and you'll acquire the skills to undertake archival and primary research. Using specific buildings in London, exploring their historical importance and mapping their development within the city, students will gain a unique understanding of the needs of those living at that time; of social, political, cultural and economic shifts; of industrial and technological advances; of preoccupations of design and style; and of the aspirations of those invested in their construction. Students will be asked to answer difficult questions about London's history and growth, to develop the skills and knowledge for your future dream careers as a philosophical historian..

Course Lead


Dan is a lecturer and researcher in early modern European philosophy and history, with a particular focus on Spinoza (1632-1677). He has also written widely on British politics and cultural studies. Dan is a PhD in Philosophy, and he lectures in early modern and modern philosophy and history at Goldsmiths, and at the Mary Ward Centre, London.

Dan has previously lectured and taught on the Early Modern European Philosophy module at Goldsmiths, and has lectured and taught on Modern Philosophy, and Schopenhauer at the University of Roehampton (2013-15). At the Mary Ward Centre he currently teaches introductory and intermediate philosophy modules on Spinoza and the Radical Enlightenment, and has previously taught similar intensive modules on Kant, and Hegel.

Course Location

Discover London's hidden History and understand its past.

London is a city of medieval church spires and modern skyscrapers. Black cabs and red buses drive by Roman walls and Norman Towers. On this course, students will be able to explore London’s 2000-year history through its landmarks. You'll visit the Museum of London and Barts Pathology Museum each in central London and surrounded by a wealth of historic architecture. You'll also develop a research project and survey London, to identify and analyse a range of London's built environment - from London's Roman beginnings, to post-Victorian growth and beyond!

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.