Help humanity work with, instead of against, the natural world
In what ways do man-made buildings and systems contribute to climate change and environmental destruction? How can we design structures which sustain our natural world, and even help it recover? These are some of the most urgent questions currently facing humanity and essential for our futures. Studying Sustainable Engineering is a path to the forefront of modern-day engineering, as we aim to leave behind a carbon-based economy and become more creative and efficient in producing our energy and consuming our products. You will also look at the ingenious technology that is working to clean up the pollution we have already created and start to put your design skills to the test in developing your own solutions to current environmental problems.
Oxford is home to a number of environmental initiatives and design companies, as well as world-leading researchers currently working in this field. It is also a beautiful city, which contains many nature reserves and open green spaces – perfect for relaxing in after challenging yourself studying!
From age 16 to 24, our Oxford sustainable engineering summer courses are designed specifically to fit your level of experience.
Your tutor will be among the world's greatest minds currently working to ensure the survival of the planet.
You will be taught in seminar-style sessions where you will be expected to contribute to group discussion, challenging yourself and your peers. These sessions are much more than note-taking, they are an opportunity to ask questions and get answers from a top researcher.
You will then undertake independent study, preparing a piece of work which you bring to a tutorial. This gives you the chance to spend completely individualised time with your tutor and to discuss your own areas of interest to help take them further.
Dr Suzanna MasonBIO
Dr Suzanna Mason is an ecologist who specialises in biogeography, studying changes in species’ distributions under climate change. She teaches undergraduates at the New College of the Humanities as part of the Science Literacy course, educating on environmental science, conservation, science policy and science communication. She has presented research to a wide variety of audiences around the world, and is a strong advocate for citizen science projects to engage the public in science.
Dr David ColeBIO
Dr. David Cole obtained his PhD from the University of Leicester in 2012 after a career in high technology where he worked for a number of technology start-ups and software engineering companies. Since then he has carried out research on the nature of dark matter and the formation of galaxies at the University of Central Lancashire and most recently at the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics where he worked on developing dynamical models of our Galaxy to compare to observations made by the space telescope Gaia. He has taught physics at undergraduate level at all the instututions he has worked at and developed and delivered a new maths lecture course at the University of Central Lancashire.
Leah Matchett, originally from Grand Haven, Michigan, is a Marshall Scholar and MPhil in International Relations at the University of Oxford. She spent summers as an associate researcher in nuclear security on the Managing the Atom project at Harvard, as a graduate fellow studying nuclear policy at KAIST in Daejeon, South Korea, and as an environmental science technology and health intern at the US Department of State in Guangzhou, China. She taught a Physics and Global Studies Course in Nuclear Weapons and Disarmament for two semesters at the University of Illinois as an Undergraduate, and has been tutoring both on line and in person for years. She holds a bachelors degree in geology and global studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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.
"Oxford Summer Courses has exceeded my expectations and has been a great way for me to meet people from all over the world while experiencing all that Oxford has to offer."
"You get the chance to ask questions to someone that can tell you what it’s like to work in that field and who can answer more difficult questions, you get a more inspiring insight in the subject than you get in your normal school. "
"We were a three-person class, so every conversation included the perfect balance of an intimate setting and seriousness."
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