When it comes to physics, Cambridge boasts a calibre that is unrivalled anywhere else in the world. Both Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking lectured at the city’s renowned university, for example. And as it has constantly attracted some of the best minds in the field, there couldn’t be a better place to start you own study of physics.
This Cambridge summer course in physics is designed to cover a range of subjects to help you understand more about what it is that makes your own world spin. Looking at the big, the small and the extreme, you will get a better understanding of yourself and the universe around you. And you’ll come away from the course with plenty of ideas of your own to pursue.
From age 13 to 24, our physics summer courses in Cambridge are designed specifically to fit your level of experience.
Find out what makes our Cambridge-based summer course in physics so popular in our short video…
Cambridge has been central to the study of physics for centuries now, so you’ll be lucky enough to learn from tutors at the top of the field.
From the broad theories of the universe to the behaviour of individual particles, physics is all about discovery. Not just of the world around us, but of ourselves too. So, based around the famous tutorial system of the city’s acclaimed university, our Cambridge summer course in physics puts the focus you, the student. Rather than teaching a stiff, pre-set syllabus, the course is very much focused on you and your interests – encouraging you to pursue the specific areas of physics that interest you most.
The weekly tutorials are focused more around the theory of physics, while you’ll influence the tone of the teaching in the smaller, seminar-style classes. It means you get an opportunity to learn from other students, as well as receive unique access to some of the best academic minds in the field.
Sam Crawford is a mathematical physicist currently studying for a Master’s at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He has a strong passion for teaching as well as learning and has given many hours of tutorials throughout his undergraduate studies. On the mathematics side, he is most interested in differential geometry, the study of smooth shapes and their properties (usually in 4 dimensions!). This ties in heavily with his interests within physics, which focus on understanding our most fundamental theories of nature: quantum field theory and general relativity.
Dr Monique Van BeekBIO
Dr. Van Beek gained a PhD in Computational Number Theory from the University of Cambridge and after a brief spell as a Quant Researcher, is currently a maths teacher at North London Collegiate School in Jeju, South Korea. While at Cambridge, she interviewed candidates for admission to maths, as well as working as a supervisor for a variety of colleges and pure maths courses.
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.
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 physics course is amazing. Absolutely astonishing. "
"Oxford Summer Courses offered what I was looking for. I wanted to studied two specific subjects; I also wanted to experience a different teaching method; and I was also looking for that balance between social and academic activities."
"The best thing about Cambridge is that you experience something new with people all around the world, also you learn different things throughout your journey."
"I liked how we were given complex problems to solve. This pushed me to learn more and gave me the motivation to want to learn more. "
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