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How does our mind affect our behaviour? And how does our body affect our mind? Gain a deeper understanding of yourself (and others).
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We’re all wired differently. Our minds are a complex map of thought processes and emotions, influenced by our pasts, environments, and character traits. It’s what rules us and our reactions. Neurotypically, everything is kept ticking over at a steady rate. But when chemicals are out of sync, disorders occur. Study Psychology with us and explore them in-depth, learning about psychology through history to today, alternative theories and approaches, the fundamentals of neuroanatomy, and the psychology and physiology of the human brain.

Teaching methodology

Learn the Oxford way with tutorial-style teaching. Your expert tutor will foster self-directed learning and critical thinking through interactive seminars in small groups (no bigger than 8). During your course, you will complete two pieces of independent work (essays or problem sheets), which your tutor will then evaluate in either a 1:1 or 2:1 tutorial. Tutorials will provide you with the opportunity to discuss your work and feedback with your tutor and learn new perspectives from your classmates. On completion of the course, you'll receive a certificate and letter of recommendation from your tutor.

The experience

You’ll have time to explore Oxford for yourself, as well as forging new friendships for the future, and there’s an action-packed programme of social activities, field trips and excursions to help bring your learning to life. We might even head to London for the day.

You’re not a tourist, so we won’t treat you like one. Instead, we’ll help you uncover genuine local treasures and show you what life here is really like, from the inside.

Typical outings

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British Museum

Discover amazing treasures and experience the history of people from around the world. Then explore the heart of London from Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square to the National Gallery and St James' Park.

Warwick Castle

Let your imagination roar with history, magic, myth and adventure in the age of gallant dragon-slaying knights. And discover dark dungeons and watch birds of prey soar at one of England’s finest mediaeval castles.

Tower of London

The Crown Jewels, Beefeaters, and over 1,000 years of history – explore this iconic ancient fortress and castle, walk along the mighty river Thames and discover vibrant Brick Lane.

Westminster, London

The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Cathedral, St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace – just a few of the world-famous landmarks in this part of London. Enjoy being at the heart of our vibrant capital.


Explore the cobbled streets and Georgian architecture of this historic English city. And discover the secrets of the literary world of Jane Austen, the Roman Baths, and its lively shops and cafés.

Blenheim Palace

Uncover the amazing history of the palace where Winston Churchill was born. And explore incredible state rooms, the tricky garden maze, the butterfly house, the beautiful grounds, and much more.

Ashmolean Museum

This world-famous museum of art and archaeology in the heart of Oxford University unveils a world of incredible historical artefacts, Egyptian mummies, Picasso, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and much more.


Let us show you around our home town. We’ll visit lots of fascinating museums, take a punt down the river, explore Oxford Castle, and uncover all the best bits of this classic English city.


It’s action stations as you step aboard world-famous warships, including Nelson’s HMS Victory, brave the glass floor of the Spinnaker Tower, and explore one of England’s most important naval cities.


Explore Brunel's amazing engineering feat, the SS Great Britain, get hands-on with science at We The Curious, marvel at the Planetarium, and uncover the secrets of one of the UK’s coolest cities.


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Camila, Spain

"My teacher was very interesting, he explained perfectly what Psychology is, giving us a broad understanding of all the aspects of it."

Camille, France

"During the two weeks, we covered various aspects of psychology and learned a lot by discussing our ideas, debating, and reading. I also improved my writing skills by working on an essay and a poster under the supervision of a careful and attentive tutor."

Gabrielle, USA

"Psychology helped me to get a better understanding of the world around me by helping me learn how different people are, and how different minds work."

Stay in Oxford

Where it all began. Oxford is home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and it’s also where Oxford Summer Courses was born. Known as the city of dreaming spires, Oxford has educated and inspired world-changing thinkers through the ages. And its renowned tutorial teaching keeps the university among the global elite. But it’s so much more than books. This is a lively, cosmopolitan and open-minded place. There’s room for everyone, with something new (or very old) to discover at every turn.

All of the accommodation in Oxford is based within Oxford University college grounds, and the beautiful buildings that date back in some cases to the 13th century, present a real sense of the traditional university. Although the bedrooms have been appropriately modernised, they remain in-keeping with the college surroundings with lots of character and charm. Accommodating full-time students during term time, the rooms are practical and usually have some desk space for quiet study time. Each corridor houses a pastoral member of staff, who oversees students throughout the night. We are able to offer twin or single bedrooms with either shared or private bathroom facilities.

You will get the chance to eat at a range of Oxford's best restaurants and cafes during the week, and each Friday evening you will experience an Oxford University formal hall. As an Oxford Summer Courses student, you will get to attend two formal halls per course, where you can expect an excellent dining experience and an electric atmosphere, as students and staff celebrate the achievements of the week together. Usually followed by a traditional party and graduation ceremony it really is an experience of a lifetime, so don’t forget your cameras for this one!


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Dr Agata Mikołajewska

MSc Education, University of Oxford - Agata specialises in Psychology and Education and is currently a Research Assistant at UCL. She's previously had a number of research internships within academia and has held various research positions on different projects. She has always loved this subject area and aims to progress her career within academia.

Dr Gillian Ragsdale

PhD Biological Anthropology and Psychiatry, University of Cambridge - Gill's particular areas of interest are social cognition and neuroscience, epigenetic regulation of mental processes, mental health and evolutionary psychology. Her research has included a study on how grandmothers help the survival of their grandchildren, finding evidence to support ‘The Grandmother hypothesis' that long life in women has been selected because they help their grandchildren survive. She has also carried out a project on the genetics of autism spectrum traits and executive function, finding for example that empathy has stronger heritability through the maternal line.

Mitch Artman

Mitch specialises in psychology, public speaking and debate. He previously worked as a social worker in Skid Row in the States, helping mentally ill individuals attain sobriety, housing and increased functionality and quality of life through psychotherapy. Currently, in private practice, Mitch provides individual and couples psychotherapy, and consultations for other psychotherapists. He also gives lectures on personality disorders and couples counselling.

Dr Roxanne Armstrong-Moore

Roxanne is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the University of Cambridge, investigating decision making in Public Health policy. She's worked on many research projects, including as a research assistant on a neuropsychology project looking at the perception of bodies and more recently on projects investigating population dietary health. She also utilises opportunities to teach relevant MPhil courses alongside her research. Roxanne's ambition is to run her own successful coaching business.

Sankalp Garud

DPhil, Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford - Sankalp specialises in the psychology and neuroscience of happiness, social cognition and decision making. His master's thesis was on happiness and decision making, specifically how the mood we are in influences our decisions. Sankalp's current research focuses on friendships and emotions. How has COVID-19 affected our desires to make friends? If people are less friendly after, does that mean you should increase or decrease your efforts to make friends? And what are the neural mechanisms behind such decisions?

Dates & Prices

25 Jun - 8 Jul 2023

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2 Jul - 15 Jul 2023

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9 Jul - 22 Jul 2023

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16 Jul - 29 Jul 2023

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23 Jul - 5 Aug 2023

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30 Jul - 12 Aug 2023

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6 Aug - 19 Aug 2023

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13 Aug - 26 Aug 2023

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