International Medical Research and Practice | A course for students aged 19-25
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International Medical Research and Practice 19-25

A summer course for young adults, residential in Merton College of the University of Oxford.  Apply

At a Glance

  • University of Oxford campus
  • 130715_ORAicons_36_seminarstyle_workshops Expert guidance from ORA teachers
  • 130715_ORAicons_3_coach_excursions 2 coach excursions included
  • 130715_ORAicons_4_formal_graduation Formal graduation ceremony
  • 130715_ORAicons_5_recieve_report_cards_and_certificates Report cards and a certificate
  • Develop key skills for the future

Overview

Modern medical practice is kept up-to-date by the important work of medical scientists. Our International Medical Research and Practice course focuses on the factors that affect human health, and the development of cutting-edge medicines, treatments and vaccines.

Academic Content

Modern medical practice doesn’t exist in isolation; it’s kept up-to-date and moving forward by the important work of medical scientists.

The field of medicine and its intrinsic link with medical research attracts only the brightest and the best students. Oxford Royale offers students from around the world the unique opportunity to explore the realms of medical science whilst working in the labs and classrooms of one of the world’s leading research institutions. Students will be taught about the anatomy and pathophysiology of disease within the body’s cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems through lab-based dissections and case-based teaching. Students will be taught how to examine patients, take a history and interpret key scans and blood tests to allow diagnosis of cases from across the globe. Pharmacology will also be covered, with students exploring drug biochemistry within the walls of the same university where the structure of Penicillin was discovered in 1945.

Throughout the course, students will learn about the role of clinical trials and research papers in informing evidence-based medicine, and learn how to gather evidence from papers, condensing relevant information into a concise review, focusing on a topic that interests them. Through practical tasks such as dissection, students will gain a deep understanding of the intricacies of the heart and its inner workings and get a better understanding of the anatomy of key organs like the lungs. Students will explore the link between research and practice, building on their practical tasks to better understand the common illnesses that can affect these organs, such as COPD, asthma and lung cancer, and learning about their respective treatments.  Students will also study the nervous system, investigating its anatomy and function and its disorders such as Parkinson’s.  

This course seeks to situate itself within a wider context, and so students will also explore global health topics such: as how the international medical community is working to combat the recent outbreaks of Zika and Ebola; the role of WHO in eradicating smallpox; and the pathophysiology and geography of HIV.

The course aims to prepare students for further international study by introducing them to the academic content and standards required at degree and postgraduate level. During the course, students will have the opportunity to carry out their own lab-based experiments and submit a lab report – such tasks will be expected of them at university. Students will receive guidance on how to interpret scientific papers in groundbreaking new research as well as assistance in producing a review article in a topic of their choice. The course will also provide students with assistance in preparing for further study in the UK or abroad through CV and interview skills workshops. In terms of the workplace, students will receive practical teaching in state-of-the-art facilities – see the ‘Excursions’ section below.

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Academic Timetable

The table below gives an indication of the subject areas that will be covered in each day’s lecture and seminar. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, please note that topics and timings may be subject to change. Regarding topics, our teachers retain the flexibility to adapt to the academic interests of the students in the class, in order for the members of the class to benefit from their broad spectrum of knowledge and experience in the field.

WeekDayLesson NumberTopic Covered
Week OneSundayArrival Day – no classes
Monday1The Anatomy of the Cardiovascular System
Monday2Pathophysiology of Disease within the Cardiovascular System and Cardiac Examination
Tuesday1Introduction to Principles of Pharmacology and Cardiology Drugs
Tuesday2Respiratory Systems: Anatomy and Pathophysiology of Disease and Respiratory Examination
Wednesday1Heart and Lung Dissection Practical
Wednesday2Frog Heart Pharmacology Practical
Thursday1Respiratory System Treatments
Thursday2Introduction to Global Health
Friday1TB and HIV Across the Globe
Friday2The International Reaction to Disease Outbreak
SaturdayNo classes
Week TwoSundayNo classes
Monday1Neuroscience and the Nervous System
Monday2The Brain and the Pathophysiology of Disease
Tuesday1The Gastrointestinal System
Tuesday2Gluten Free Everything?
Wednesday1Infectious Diseases
Wednesday2The Role of Vaccines
Thursday1Further Study
Thursday2CV Worskshop
Friday1Patient Interaction
Friday2Review Article Presentations
SaturdayDeparture Day

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Why take this course?

Our International Medical Research and Practice course gives you the chance to study an intellectually-stimulating subject. It’s a subject that’s relevant to all of us, but it is likely to be of particular interest to those planning to pursue (or already pursuing) a medicine-related degree and/or career, such as nursing, pharmacology or public health.

Even if you don’t plan to go into a related field, the course will be an interesting and enjoyable intellectual challenge that will enable you to grow your general knowledge and pick up transferable skills with which to enhance your CV. Your learning with us will encompass written work as well as group debate, role plays and presentations, so you will develop a range of skills – such as public speaking, team work and writing skills – that will stand you in good stead at university and in your future career.

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Our Students

Every summer, ORA welcomes hundreds of the world’s brightest, most academically gifted students to our Oxford courses. In 2016, attendees came from 108 different nations, each bringing with them unique cultures, perspectives and stories to share with their new friends.

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Timetable for students aged 19 to 25

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Breakfast

Breakfast

08:00 - 08:30
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  • Get ready for the day ahead with breakfast in college
  • Breakfast is included for all ORA students
Walk to classes

Walk to classes

08:30 - 09:00
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  • Some teaching rooms are located on campus, others are elsewhere in Oxford
Cultural excursion

Cultural excursion

09:00 - 18:00
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  • Visit places of cultural and historical interest in the UK
  • Possible excursions include the city of Bath, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court, Woburn Abbey and other sites of interest
Morning Classes

Morning Classes

09:00 - 10:30
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  • Students pursue their chosen study option
  • Guidance from expert teachers
Coffee Break

Coffee Break

10:30 - 11:00
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  • Enjoy refreshments and chat with fellow students
Morning Classes

Morning Classes

11:00 - 12:30
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  • Students pursue their chosen study option
  • Guidance from expert teachers
Arrival at your college

Arrival at your college

12:00 - 16:30
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  • Student photographs
  • Collection of arrival pack and timetable
  • Move in to your room and unpack
  • Meet students and staff
  • Tea and coffee
Lunch

Lunch

12:30 - 13:45
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  • Grab a bite to eat from one of the many cafes in Oxford
  • Soak up the city’s cultural heritage
Cultural Activities

Cultural activities

13:45 - 15:30
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  • Visit a museum, follow a walking tour, or try your hand at punting
  • ORA-led excursions available
Conversation Café

Conversation Café

13:45 - 18:00
Masterclass
  • A range of weekly talks
  • Debate current issues with fellow students and experts in the field
Free time

Free time

13:45 - 15:30
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  • Catch up on work or do some extra course reading
  • Network with students and staff
Afternoon options: Tours of Christ Church, punting, real Tennis

Afternoon options

13:45 - 18:00
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  • Other possible options:
  • Walking tours
  • Visiting Modern Art Oxford
  • Visiting Oxford Castle
  • Exploring the Botanic Garden
Cultural Activities

Cultural activities

13:45 - 15:30
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  • Visit a museum, follow a walking tour, or try your hand at punting
  • ORA-led excursions available
Welcome reception

Welcome reception

17:00 - 18:00
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  • Welcome presentation by the Programme Director
  • Meet the Campus Staff and other ORA students
  • Chance for students to meet their new friends from around the world
Tours of Oxford

Tours of Oxford

16:00 - 18:00
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  • Visit many of Oxford's famous landmarks
  • Including the Bodleian Library, the Radcliffe Camera and the Sheldonian Theatre
  • Let Oxford's 'Dreaming Spires' inspire you!
Visits to the Bodleian Library and the Sheldonian Theatre

Visits to the Bodleian Library and the Sheldonian Theatre

16:00 - 18:00
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  • Visit some of Oxford's most famous sites, such as the Bodliean Library and the Sheldonian Theatre
Visit to the Ashmolean Museum

Visit to the Ashmolean Museum

16:00 - 18:00
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  • Visit some of Oxford's many museums, such as the famous Ashmolean Museum which houses art and artefacts from all over the world
Dinner

Dinner in college

18:00 - 19:30
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  • Enjoy an atmospheric evening meal in your college's dining hall
Induction talk and "Ice Breaker" activities

Induction talk and "Ice Breaker" activities

19:30 - 22:30
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  • Presentation by Programme Director to students
  • Ice breaker activities: get to know staff and students on your course
Quiz night

Quiz night

19:30 - 22:30
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  • Test out your general knowledge
  • Prizes will be given for the winners and for the best team name!
Evening options: Experience Oxford’s nightlife or enjoy a Shakespeare play in a college garden

Evening options

19:30 - 22:30
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Every evening, our team will provide a wide range of activity options to suit all interests! Trips into town and theatre in an Oxford college are often amongst the options offered.
Evening options: Film night or guest lectures and talks

Evening options

19:30 - 22:30
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Every evening, our team will provide a wide range of activity options to suit all interests! Catch the latest blockbuster or an old classic with your new friends. Or, catch up on some reading and make a start on your assignments from the first two days of classes.
Evening options: Salsa dancing workshop and cooking competition

Evening options

19:30 - 22:30
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Every evening, our team will provide a wide range of activity options to suit all interests! Learn Salsa Dancing with our expert teacher - a fun and energetic activity. Or put your culinary skills to the test against other ORA students!
Party

Party

19:30 - 22:00
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  • Dance the night away in the city of dreaming spires
  • Enjoy themed nights. James Bond, anyone?
Evening options: Late-opening exhibitions at one of Oxford’s many museums

Evening options

19:30 - 22:30
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Every evening, our team will provide a wide range of activity options to suit all interests! Previous Oxford exhibitions have included Day of The Dead at the Pitt Rivers, or Andy Warhol at Modern Art Oxford.
Free time

Evening

22:30 - 23:00
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  • Short briefing from Campus Staff
SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Breakfast

Breakfast

07:30 - 08:30
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  • Get ready for the day ahead with breakfast in college
  • Breakfast is included for all ORA students
Free time

Free time

08:30 - 18:00
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Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, followed by time to work on your assignments and explore Oxford.
Walk to classes

Walk to classes

08:30 - 09:00
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  • Some teaching rooms are located on campus, others are elsewhere in Oxford
Departure day

Departures

09:00 - 17:00
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  • Say goodbye to Oxford and to your college
  • Collect your reports and your certificates
Morning Lessons

Morning Lessons

09:00 - 10:30
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  • Students pursue their chosen study option
  • Guidance from expert teachers
Coffee Break

Coffee Break

10:30 - 11:00
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  • Enjoy refreshments and chat with fellow students
Morning Classes

Morning Classes

09:00 - 10:30
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  • Students pursue their chosen study option
  • Guidance from expert teachers
Lunch

Lunchtime

12:30 - 13:45
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  • Grab a bite to eat from one of the many cafes in Oxford
  • Soak up the city’s cultural heritage
Cultural Activities

cultural activities

13:45 - 15:30
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  • Visit a museum, follow a walking tour, or try your hand at punting
  • ORA-led excursions available
Conversation Café

Conversation Café

13:45 - 18:00
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  • A range of weekly talks
  • Debate current issues with fellow students and experts in the field
Free Time

Free time

13:45 - 15:30
  • Catch up on work or do some extra course reading
  • Network with students and staff
Cultural Excursion: London Musical

Cultural excursion

13:45 - 18:00
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  • Visit London - the capital of the United Kingdom and one of the most dynamic cities on the planet!
  • Finish the evening at a West End musical. Jersey Boys, Thriller: Live! and The Lion King have all featured in recent summers.
Cultural Activities

Cultural activities

13:45 - 15:30
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  • Visit a museum, follow a walking tour, or try your hand at punting
  • ORA-led excursions available
ORACLE: inspiring talks and workshops

ORACLE

16:00 - 18:00
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ORACLE is an academic event during which students can attend fascinating talks and inspiring workshops, following their own personal interests in order to expand their knowledge. Please note that ORACLE is only running during Sessions 3, 4 and 5 of the summer school. Full details are available by clicking the ORACLE option from the Students menu at the top of this page.
Visit to Oxford’s Pitt Rivers and natural history museums

Visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum

16:00 - 18:00
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Founded in 1884, The Pitt Rivers Museum houses Oxford University's archaeological and anthropological collections. Join your fellow students for a group tour arranged by the Oxford Royale Academy events team.
Visit to Oxford's Botanic Garden

Visit to Oxford's Botanic Garden

16:00 - 18:00
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Founded in 1621, the University of Oxford's Botanic Garden is one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world. More recently, it has appeared in and inspired some famous literary works, notably Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' and Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' trilogy. Well worth a visit!
Graduation ceremony

Graduation ceremony

16:00 - 18:00
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  • Graduate from Oxford Royale Academy in a ceremony at your college
  • Listen to speeches from the Programme Director, other campus staff and fellow students
  • Family are welcome to attend
Dinner

Dinner in college

18:00 - 19:30
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  • Enjoy an atmospheric evening meal in your college’s dining hall
Dinner

Dinner in college

18:00 - 19:30
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  • Enjoy an atmospheric evening meal in your college’s dining hall
Evening options: Guest talks or yoga in the college grounds

Evening options

19:30 - 22:30
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Every evening, our team will provide a wide range of activity options to suit all interests! Work on your assignments or relax with some yoga in the peaceful grounds of your college.
Evening options: Enjoy Oxford’s nightlife

Evening options

19:30 - 22:30
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Every evening, our team will provide a wide range of activity options to suit all interests! Take your friends and enjoy a trip to an Oxford institution, such as G&D's ice cream parlour or The Grand Café (the oldest coffee house in England).
Evening options: Careers talk or ghost tour around Oxford

Evening options

19:30 - 22:30
Every evening, our team will provide a wide range of activity options to suit all interests! Discuss options regarding your future career with ORA staff. Or, prepare to learn Oxford's dark and spooky secrets with a ghost trail from famous Oxford tour guide, Bill Spectre.
Evening options: 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Explore Uni Parks

Evening options

19:30 - 22:30
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Every evening, our team will provide a wide range of activity options to suit all interests! Attend a Shakespeare production in the fantastic setting of an Oxford college. Or, unwind in Oxford’s peaceful University Parks.
Graduation party

Graduation party

19:30 - 22:00
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  • A chance for students to spend one last evening together
  • Previous parties have had glamorous themes
Free Time

Evening

22:30 - 23:00
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  • Short briefing from Campus Staff

Our Academic Faculty

Our International Medical Research and Practice course has been developed by Alexandra Stebbings. Alexandra holds a BSc in Biochemistry, and reads Medicine at the University of Southampton.

At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subject, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here

Guest Lectures and Debates

At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. Leadership is important in any profession and workplace, and so this year students will be invited to attend an afternoon of guest speakers discussing inspirational, political, and entrepreneurial leadership at the Saïd Business School.Speakers include Dr. Tereza Capelos, Senior Lecturer in Political Psychology; Dr. Simon Adderley, Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Oxford Brookes University; and Jenny Garrett – an award winning Executive Career Coach, Inspirational Leadership Trainer, TEDx Speaker, and entrepreneur! Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates to informal discussions about current ‘hot topics’ led by ORA staff.

Excursions

This course aims to provide students with an unrivalled grounding in the practical side of medicine, so we ensure they have the best teachers and facilities to do that. Students will be taken on an excursion to St George’s Hospital’s state-of-the-art Advanced Patient Simulation Centre where they will encounter real life medical scenarios simulated by trainers and and controlled mannequins. They will also have a session dedicated to training them in first-aid – a vital life skill and medical skill to have. The United Kingdom also has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way to explore this. All ORA courses include coach excursions to places of historical and social significance in the UK.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The majority of your time in Oxford will be spent absorbed in your studies, but you’ll have some free time in your schedule so that you can make the most of your time in this historic city. You can enjoy a tranquil punt down the River Thames, or explore some of Oxford’s wonderful free museums. You can look forward to joining your classmates for a day trip to an exciting place further afield, such as Stratford-upon-Avon or Blenheim Palace, and spending your evenings trying fun new things like salsa dancing. At the end of your International Medical Research and Practice course, you’ll take part in a formal graduation ceremony and dinner to celebrate your achievements.

Some past afternoon activities enjoyed by our students include the following:

  • Punting: travel the waterways of the River Cherwell in a flat-bottomed boat, using a five-metre-long pole to propel your vessel! This mode of transport is unique to Oxford and Cambridge.
  • Summer sports: have you ever played the traditional English game of croquet? There will be the chance to do so on the lawns of your campus! Real tennis (a variation of tennis played indoors, with a heavier ball) has also been enjoyed by our previous students.
  • College and museum tours: An ORA course is the perfect opportunity to visit some of the University of Oxford’s most famous Colleges (including New College, Magdalen College and Christ Church). You will also have the chance to visit Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum – famous for being the world’s first university museum.
  • Dance and music workshops: have you ever wanted to try Indian dance? How about Salsa dancing? Or drumming? Experts in these art forms will be dropping in to our campuses to run workshops, allowing our students to unleash their creative sides.

The events and entertainment on offer don’t stop when the sun starts to go down at our campuses! The following will be available to every student on this programme:

  • Outdoor theatre: many Oxford Colleges put on Shakespeare plays in their quads and gardens throughout the summer months.
  • Karaoke in Oxford: head to a venue in Oxford and sing along to the latest hits.
  • Themed parties at local hotels and country houses: head to a local venue and enjoy dinner and dancing with your friends from around the world; past venues include Ardington House in Oxfordshire and The Randolph Hotel in the city of Oxford. Every party has a theme: Hollywood, Venetian Masquerade and The Olympics are examples of past themes.
  • Graduation: a formal graduation ceremony will be held on the last night of your course. This is followed by your Graduation dinner and party — a glamorous conclusion to your stay in Oxford!
Organised activities are entirely optional for students on our courses for ages 19 to 25. Outside of classes, students can make use of their free time however they choose – whether exploring the city or Oxford or completing independent study in the Bodleian Library – one of the world’s most famous libraries to which our students will have full access.

College Life

Oxford Royale Academy’s summer programmes are designed with the academic rigour of their prestigious environment firmly in mind. Students studying ORA’s International Medical Research and Practice programme will live and study in the historic city of Oxford, providing them with a unique opportunity to discover the atmosphere and architecture of its world-renowned university buildings. Our courses for students aged 19-25 are residential in Merton College, offering a peaceful and scholarly environment in which to live and study. The College has a desirable city-centre location just off the High Street, and has long held a reputation for academic excellence. Participants will have plenty of free time to enjoy independent exploration of the inspirational city of Oxford, and to conduct their own research in Oxford’s libraries.

What’s Included?

Our summer courses offer our students the complete study abroad experience. The grid below describes everything that is included with an ORA adult course:

  • Study

    • Over 15 taught hours per week
    • Study files and materials
    • Guest lectures from academic speakers
    • Access to Oxford’s famous Bodleian Library
    • Course certificate after graduation
  • Explore

    • Wide selection of optional afternoon and evening activities
    • 2 coach excursions per course
    • Welcome and graduation events (+1s invited)
    • Discounts at shops around Oxford
  • Live

    • Accommodation in the University of Oxford
    • City centre location
    • Free WiFi (subject to availability)
    • Free time outside of classes
    • Private Medical / Travel insurance
  • Extras

    • Graduation Ball
    • Conversation Cafe
    • A formal dinner at an exclusive Oxfordshire culinary destination
    • After-hours event at Oxford’s Ashmolean museum.
    • ORA memorabilia

Student Welfare

The safety and security of our students is ORA’s top priority. All of the centres at which our courses run are safe, secure environments, which are perfect for our students. Each centre is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a team of Porters. In addition, Oxford Royale Academy’s comprehensively trained team of campus staff are always on hand. If you join us this summer, you will see the following members of staff on your campus:

Each ORA campus has a Programme Director (PD), who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the summer school at their College. PDs are residential in the College for the duration of the programme, so they are always close by should they be needed. Programme Directors typically have years of experience in education and the management of student welfare.
The Junior Deans (JDs) assist the Programme Director with the management of the summer school at their campus. They will also be responsible for leading excursions and activities. JDs are typically returning for their third summer with Oxford Royale, or have extensive experience elsewhere. JDs are usually residential in their College.
Each ORA campus has a team of Counsellors who will be a student’s first point of contact in most cases. All Counsellors are friendly and approachable, and are thoroughly trained by Oxford Royale in the. Many of our Counsellors are current or former members of the University of Oxford and other top universities in the UK; they are always happy to discuss future careers or postgraduate admissions with our adult students.
ORA has a team of private nurses, who host drop-in sessions at all of our campuses on a rota basis. If a student feels unwell, they can either see one of the Nurses, or go straight to our recommended private GP Surgery (Doctor). ORA courses include Private Medical cover should the need arise.

Some classes on the International Medical Research and Practice course will take place in College; others are held at nearby venues in the city.

Practical Information

  • Flights

    Most students who come to ORA will have to book a flight to the UK. ORA courses do not include flights. Information on the best time to arrive will be on your course confirmation email and in your Welcome Pack.

  • Arrival / Departure Transfers

    ORA offers coach transfers between all of our Oxford campuses and London Heathrow airport, for a small extra charge. We are also able to arrange taxi transfers from all other airports and destinations, again at an extra charge. For more information, please click here.

  • Scholarships

    Every year, ORA offers a number of scholarships to talented students from around the world. If you would like to read more about the financial aid we can offer, please click here.

  • Welcome Reception and Graduation

    Family are welcome to attend these events at the start and end of their student’s course. For more information, please contact our Registrations Department on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk.

  • Medical and Dietary Information

    All students who enrol are required to complete our Medical and Dietary Information form. A link will be emailed to all students once their enrolment is confirmed.

Eligibility and Pre-requisites

Students on the International Medical Research and Practice programme:

  • Must conform to our Age Policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.

Dates, Fees and Locations

Course LengthCourse DatesCourse FeesLocation
2 weeks2 Jul – 15 Jul4,295 GBPMerton College

If you are ready to apply now, the quickest and easiest way to secure your place on the International Medical Research and Practice programme for 2017 is online. You will need to know which subjects you would like to study (a first choice and a reserve choice is required for each list), as well as a valid credit or debit card to submit the deposit payment of GBP 795.00 (we regret that we are not able to accept American Express as a form of payment).

If you prefer, you can complete our paper application form, which is available for download by clicking here. You can then return this to our offices by one of the following methods:

For enrolments via the paper application form, we are able to accept the GBP 795.00 course deposit by credit or debit card, bank transfer or cheque. Please see the form for full details.

Further Information and Documents

If you would like to consult with one of our Registrations Team members before making a booking, we would be delighted to hear from you.
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