Debates between scientists, religious thinkers and philosophers have raged for thousands of years. It’s time for you to have your say.
You will live and study in a city that has been a centre of religious thinking since its origins in the Anglo Saxon period and you can still see original evidence of layers of religious history in the city’s buildings. Oxford has over 70 religious groups and buildings and a similar number of laboratories, all of which testify to the rich and complex thinking happening here. You’ll be taught by extraordinary thinkers who examine the points of conflict and the common ground between two seemingly opposing systems of thought and your understanding of yourself and the world you inhabit will be challenged.
From age 16 to 24, our Oxford science and religion summer courses are designed specifically to fit your level of experience.
Oxford is a hub of scientific thinking and religious history, developing some of the world's most sophisticated thinking in both areas.
During this Oxford summer course in theology you will take more proactive approach to some of the biggest questions around religion and science and the social contexts they inhabit. So our course is not about just listening to hours of theory. More it is designed to give you a much broader understanding based around your own particular interests.
We use the same tutorial method that is used at the world-renowned Oxford University. You will use your own ideas and interests to shape what you learn, providing a more personal study experience. You have two seminars followed by intimate tutorials, where you will debate what you learn with tutors and fellow students from all backgrounds.
Dr Tim MiddletonBIO
Tim Middleton holds a PhD in Earth Sciences from Oxford University. He has spent the last four years researching continental tectonics and earthquake hazard at the margins of the Ordos Plateau, in northern China. Prior to this he completed his Master’s degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University. Tim has previously taught at St. Anne’s College, Oxford, as well as tutoring undergraduates in the Earth Sciences Department on various aspects of geophysics and tectonics. For the last two years he has also delivered workshops on earthquakes in schools across the country.
Victoria Wylllie de EcheverriaBIO
Victoria Wyllie de Echeverria is a tutor in Biology at Oxford Summer Courses. Victoria has taught students ranging in age from 16-4th year university for 6 years, in the subjects of biology, ecology, human and physical geography, plant sciences and ethnoecology. To this end, Victoria has taken training courses both at the University of Victoria and the University of Oxford to receive accreditations to teach in higher education and investigate different interactive teaching methods. Her research interests include plant taxonomy and ethnobotany, in particular how local people use and classify plants and animals, and how they are adjusting to changes in the weather and ecosystems, and she has co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles.
Lili Owen RowlandsBIO
Lili Owen Rowlands is a postgraduate student at Wadham College, University of Oxford. She graduated with a double first with oral distinction in Philosophy and French at University College London before coming to Oxford to complete an MSt in French theory and literature. She has also worked for two years as a journalist and editor, reporting from Tahiti to Las Vegas, Venice to Rajasthan. Her primary research interests are the use of philosophy and theory within contemporary French feminist writing, gender theory and continental philosophy. Lili has considerable teaching experience, having worked as a private tutor as well as a graduate access tutor for both Wadham College and the University of Oxford.
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"
"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."
"My tutor really knows the subject and goes into great depth. "
"It has been a very fun experience, and I have very much enjoyed the classes, which felt more real than they do in school; I learned a lot from it! My favourite part of the course was the physics, especially the equations, and the challenge of figuring them out."
"Choosing to take part in this exciting, fun-filled trip has been one of the best decisions I have ever made."
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