Asked to name one of the UK’s biggest exports, what would you say? Manufacturing? Automobiles, perhaps? Well, unbeknown to many, medical research is among the UK’s top five. And Cambridge has long been at the centre of medical innovation, boasting countless Nobel Prize winners among its alumni – including Sir John Gurdon’s recent work on stem cells.
Crick and Watson also made their famous breakthrough in discovering the molecular structure of DNA at the city’s university. Meanwhile, the famous ‘Cambridge Cluster’ is a group of biotech firms that are leading the sector and making the city a global force. So, this Cambridge Summer course in medicine puts you in the shoes of some of the biggest innovators in the vast field of medicine.
From age 13 to 24, our medicine summer courses in Cambridge are designed specifically to fit your level of experience.
Cambridge attracts students from across the world. Find out what makes our course in medicine the choice for summer students in this short video…
Cambridge is known as one of the UK’s best medical research centres, so we are able to attract top tutors on our summer course in medicine.
This Cambridge-based summer course in medicine encourages you to set the tone and topics of teaching with your own ideas and medical interests. Based on the tutorial system used at Cambridge University, the teaching style lends itself to a much more interactive and engaging student experience. The practical element of the course is broken down into anatomy and physiology, while we’ll also look at the more scientific topic of molecular biology.
Overall, this Cambridge summer course in medicine will give you the confidence that medicine is for you. You will cover various topics and write essays, having the chance to discuss your own work and that of other students. The course goes way beyond just textbooks. You’ll find out what everyday life is like for doctors for example, which makes it far more practical than other courses. You will also benefit from a lot of one-on-one tutor time, meaning that overall you will receive a much more intimate learning experience.
Francis Grant is currently studying for his PhD in immunology at the University of Cambridge. Prior to his doctoral studies, he worked for several different biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in Cambridge. His current research area explores the role of the immune system in cancer and autoimmune disease. Francis is also involved in a collaborative effort with Cancer Research UK to apply bioinformatic analyses to large datasets from clinical cancer studies. Other than biology, he has taught the guitar professionally, become a qualified snowboard instructor in Canada and a martial arts instructor in the UK.
Dr Tariq ParkerBIO
Dr. Tariq Parker graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with honours and distinction at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica in 2014. He was subsequently awarded the Jamaica Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford University where he completed his Msc. In Neuroscience investigating animal and human neural stem cell models. He is currently pursuing a DPhil in Surgical Sciences in the Oxford Functional Neurosurgery group researching surgical techniques to treat chronic pain in collaboration with the Fudan University in Shanghai. He has had previous experience teaching at the secondary and tertiary levels, most recently in the Oxford Medical School Neuroanatomy course.
Tom McClelland is an Academic Doctor at the University of Oxford NHS trust. Tom studied pre-clinical medicine at the Queens’ College, University of Cambridge and completed a degree in Physiology, Development and Neuroscience there. From here, Tom completed his medical degree at the University of Oxford and where he continued his research interests in degenerative neurological disease.
Zahra Tellal just completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (secondary school teacher training course) at the University of Oxford. She graduated with a Biomedical Science degree from the University of the West of England. She particularly enjoyed her oncology module and her dissertation project researching the effects of FABPs (fatty acid binding proteins) on breast cancer. She is excited to learn about your areas of interests in medicine and build a course tailored to you.
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, Dr. Saroj Velamakanni, was very enthusiastic in his manner of teaching. He was also flexible with the topics and blended them to our areas of interest. The assignments were very helpful in learning to perform literature survey and developing scientific writing and presentation skills."
"The best thing about the course is that it helped me realise what I want to study in the future thanks to the essays and tutorials. The teaching experience was really rich due to the small class sizes, and it allowed me to see what my university teaching experience would be like."
"I love Oxford’s personal method of teaching. It is so inspiring to work in close association with a prominent medical expert."
"Meeting different kinds of people in Oxford Summer Courses, and actually finding the familiarity of home in each and everyone made realize that I could have a future outside my home country. "
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