Study Physics Oxford Summer Courses

Our physics course studies the universe from large scale theories such as the Big Bang to the minutiae of particle behaviour. By gaining an understanding of why the world around us is the way it is, and how it works, physicists can push the boundaries of scientific knowledge. Mathematics is crucial to this endeavour, and so our seminars investigate physical mathematics and mechanics – both of which play a crucial role in the discipline. From planetary motion to tracing the trajectory of rockets, physics can help us understand why physical objects in the universe behave as they do.

Courses

At Oxford Summer Courses we are committed to the best academic experiences and to the personalised learning that has made Oxford a global academic force. So while all of our tutors are at the top of their fields depending on your age you'll be taught in slightly different ways. We use small group seminars to ensure that you get greater attention than you could elsewhere. On top of that if you're aged 16-17 or 18-24 then you'll receive weekly tutorials from leading academics mirroring the teaching method that makes Oxford a world-renowned university. Choose your Physics course below:

18-24 years

  • 2 and 4 weeks courses available
  • Oxford/Cambridge University accommodation
  • Tutorials & group seminars
  • Breakfast & Dinner included
Physics

Tutorials at Oxford Summer Courses enable students to delve into the area of physics that most interests them: amongst the different areas of physics that can be studied are electronics, geophysics, mechanics, relativity and thermodynamics.

Week 1 generally focusses on relativity and quantum mechanics, exploring areas such as relative motion and Lorentz transformations, before your second week takes a look at particle physics and cosmology. Oxford Summer Courses’ Physics programme is ordinarily taught through two two-hour seminars and one one-hour tutorial per week.

  • Physics- 18-24 year olds course

    18-24 timetable

16-17 years

  • 2 and 4 weeks courses available
  • Oxford/Cambridge University accommodation
  • Tutorials & group seminars
  • Breakfast & Dinner included
Physics

Our Physics course for 16-17 year olds explores a huge range of topics within your time in Oxford. We'll take a look at the theories of relativity and quantum mechanics, solving problems associated with your seminar discussions and deconstructing them during your tutorial. You'll also move into the areas of particle physics and cosmology, exploring the forces that bind our world - and the world beyond - together.

  • Physics- 16-17 year olds course

    18-24 timetable

Testimonials

Loreto Simpson Urutia, 2016 Physics student from Chilea

Loreto Simpson Urutia, 2016 Physics student from Chilea

I enjoyed my time at Oxford Summer Courses more than I even expected! The tutorials challenged me and pushed me out of my comfort zone, with a fast pace and a demand for my own motivation to study beyond the classes, which was exciting. Studying and spending time in the buildings of Somerville college and the University of Oxford made me feel as though I was in an intellectual environment.

Staff

physics tutor

Marcus King

For his undergraduate, Marcus read Natural Sciences at Jesus College Cambridge. He studied Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Evolutionary Biology and the History and Philosophy of Science over his first two years before specialising in Physical Chemistry during his third year. Marcus' specialist areas were applied quantum mechanics and the study of molecular magnetic fields.

Having completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at St Hugh's College Oxford, Marcus now teaches Physics at an independent school in West London. He is currently doing a Masters in Education Research Methods at University College London, specialising in the attainments and attitudes of elite students.

physics tutor

Aleksander Sebesta

Aleksandar Sebesta received an MSc in Chemistry from ETH Zurich in 2010. He is currently finishing his DPhil in the group of Prof. Philipp Kukura at the department of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Oxford. His research is focusing on light-matter interactions on the single molecule level, related to single protein detection, and ultrafast single molecule spectroscopy. He is a Tutor in Physics at Oxford Summer Courses, and his current course topic is entitled: An Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

physics tutor

Peiyu Chen

Peiyu Chen is a D.Phil. student at the Department of Materials of Oxford University, who started in 2015. She works in the Surface Nanoscience group led by Professor Martin Castell. Before coming to Oxford, Peiyu studied at the University of Cambridge from 2010 to 2014, and graduated with Bachelor of Arts and Master of Natural Sciences (Honours) degree (focusing on Materials Science). She then worked for one year (2014-2015) for Morgan Advanced Materials PLC, a materials engineering company, as a technical engineer. Peiyu has been working as a personal tutor for school and university students through First Tutors, where she has consistently received top feedback.

Prices and Dates

Select your Age Range

Course Start Dates
Courses – 10-12s 01/07/2018 08/07/2018 15/07/2018 22/07/2018 29/07/2018 05/08/2018
1 Week – Wycombe Abbey £1,495 £1,495 £1,495 £1,495 £1,495 £1,495
2 Week – Wycombe Abbey £2,795 £2,795 £2,795 £2,795 £2,795
3 Week – Wycombe Abbey £3,995 £3,995 £3,995 £3,995
4 Week – Wycombe Abbey £5,195 £5,195 £5,195
5 Week – Wycombe Abbey £6,295 £6,295
6 Week – Wycombe Abbey £7,395

Included in this price is:

  • All Teaching, including small group seminars
  • Accommodation
  • All Meals, including lunch
  • All Activities and Excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance

Course Start Dates
Courses – 13-15 24/06/2018 01/07/2018 08/07/2018 15/07/2018 22/07/2018 29/07/2018 05/08/2018 12/08/2018
2 Weeks – Cambridge £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195
2 Weeks – Oxford – Standard (shared bathroom) FULL FULL FULL FULL £4,195 £4,195
2 Weeks – Oxford – En-suite (private bathroom) FULL FULL FULL FULL
2 Weeks – London – Standard (shared bathroom) £4,195 £4,195
4 Weeks – Cambridge £7,895 £7,895 £7,895
4 Weeks – Oxford – Standard (shared bathroom) FULL FULL FULL FULL
4 Weeks – Oxford – En-suite (private bathroom) FULL FULL FULL
4 Weeks – Oxford & Cambridge FULL FULL FULL £7,895
4 Weeks – London – Standard (shared bathroom) £7,895

Included in this price is:

  • All Teaching, including small group seminars
  • Accommodation and Breakfast, every day
  • All Evening Meals, many at local restaurants along with lunch 3 times a week
  • A three-course College Banquet, on Friday evening
  • All Activities and Excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance

Course Start Dates
Courses – 16-17 24/06/2018 01/07/2018 08/07/2018 15/07/2018 22/07/2018 29/07/2018 05/08/2018 12/08/2018
2 Weeks – Cambridge £4,195 FULL £4,195 £4,195
2 Weeks – Oxford – Standard (shared bathroom) FULL £4,195 FULL £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195
2 Weeks – Oxford – En-suite (private bathroom) FULL
2 Weeks – Oxford Christ Church – En-suite (private bathroom) FULL FULL
2 Weeks – London – Standard (shared bathroom) £4,195 £4,195
4 Weeks – Cambridge £7,895
4 Weeks – Oxford – Standard (shared bathroom) FULL FULL £7,895 £7,895
4 Weeks – Oxford Christ Church – En-suite (private bathroom) FULL
4 Weeks – Oxford & Cambridge FULL £7,895 FULL £7,895 £7,895
4 Weeks – London – Standard (shared bathroom) £7,895

Included in this price is:

  • All Teaching, including tutorials and small group seminars
  • Accommodation and Breakfast, every day
  • All Evening Meals, many at local restaurants
  • A three-course College Banquet, on Friday evening
  • All Activities and Excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance

Course Start Dates
Courses – 18-24 24/06/2018 01/07/2018 08/07/2018 15/07/2018 22/07/2018 29/07/2018 05/08/2018 12/08/2018
2 Weeks – Cambridge FULL FULL FULL £4,195
2 Weeks – Oxford – Standard (shared bathroom) FULL £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195
2 Weeks – Oxford – En-suite (private bathroom) FULL FULL £4,395 FULL
2 Weeks – Oxford Christ Church – En-suite (private bathroom) FULL FULL
2 Weeks – Oxford Christ Church – Standard (shared bathroom) £4,195
4 Weeks – Cambridge FULL FULL
4 Weeks – Oxford – Standard (shared bathroom) FULL £7,895 £7,895 £7,895
4 Weeks – Oxford – En-suite (private bathroom) FULL FULL
4 Weeks – Oxford Christ Church – En-suite (private bathroom) FULL
4 Weeks – Oxford & Cambridge FULL FULL FULL £7,895

Included in this price is:

  • All Teaching, including tutorials and small group seminars
  • Accommodation and Breakfast, every day
  • All Evening Meals, many at local restaurants
  • A three-course College Banquet, on Friday evening
  • All Activities and Excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance