If we consider history to be life’s best teacher, then Oxford is its classroom. There could barely be a better place to study the subject than in the ‘City of Spires’. Oxford has long been home to some of the best academics and writers in the field, so you’ll be learning from some of the best tutors around on this Oxford summer course.
You receive a comprehensive overview of the subject tailored to your own interests. From the decline of the Roman Empire to the cold war shenanigans that led our planet to the brink of self-destruction, you’ll be engaging with history in a way you never thought possible.
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Oxford boasts some of history’s leading academics who are on hand to provide you with personal guidance throughout your summer course.
As the study of political, social and economic structures, history is a vast subject. At Oxford Summer Courses, you will learn history in the time-tested manner of the famous tutorial method used by Oxford’s renowned university. This is based around a more intimate learning experience rather than a rigid, pre-established syllabus.
The small group sizes mean that subjects can be agreed between the student and tutors, leading to a much more fulfilling experience. So whatever your specific interests – be it ancient, medieval or modern – you will benefit from a history syllabus that is tailored more towards you.
James Harris is in the final year of his doctorate in History at Lincoln College, Oxford. Within the University of Oxford, he has taught undergraduates on literature and politics in early modern England, and lectured on the English Civil War and seventeenth-century print culture. His current research project explores the intersections of politics, religion, and identity in Cornwall and south-west Wales in the later Stuart period.
Marc Howard is a DPhil student in International Development at Exeter College, University of Oxford. He previously graduated from St Antony’s College, University Oxford with an MSc in African Studies (with Distinction), for which he won the Terence Ranger Prize for Outstanding Dissertation Performance. His doctoral research explores the histories of war veterans in Zimbabwe, and their role is forging its fledgling security institutions. He has recently presented his research in the UK and abroad, and his wider academic interests include development theory and practice, Cold War history, and war studies.
Oliver Ford is an independent tutor, writer and researcher. He previously studied at the University of Oxford – firstly at New College where he read for a BA (Hons) in Ancient & Modern History and a Masters in History, before moving on to St Cross College, from where he will shortly receive his doctorate in seventeenth century Spanish History. He has worked for several years as a private tutor, helping school students prepare for GCSEs and A-levels in London and Oxford, and has also taught undergraduates in History within Oxford University itself. He is currently working on articles for publication based on chapters from his doctoral thesis, and is planning new long-term book projects.
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.
"The academic support I had during my time in Oxford Summer Courses was incredible, my tutor Professor James Harris was by far the best tutor I’ve ever had"
"The best part of my classes here would be the insight they’ve provided towards looking at history from different perspectives, and how important it is to properly gauge the usefulness of a source in your given essay."
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