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Oxford Summer School for Adults 2018

International Medical Research and Practice Ages 19-25

Oxford Summer School for Adults 2018

A two-week summer course exploring the key competencies behind medical research and practice, including clinical skills and the latest developments in the field.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2018

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Medicine tuition with experts
  • Talks with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - form a global network
  • Inspirational cultural programme

Course Summary

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

Why choose the International Medical Research course for 19-25 years?

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.

Where could the International Medical Research and Practice course lead you?

How will the International Medical Research course help me?

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.

Is this course for me?

If you are inspired by past medical feats and would like to number yourself among those in the medical hall of fame one day, then this course is for you. Students will be able to gain a grounding in the intricacies of medical practice, and enjoy hands-on practical tasks to consolidate their learning.

Topics covered

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.

Day-by-Day Schedule

Week | Day Lesson Content
Week One | Monday - The Anatomy of the Cardiovascular System
- Pathophysiology of Disease within Cardiac Examination
Week One | Tuesday - Principles of Pharmacology and Cardiology Drugs
- Anatomy and Pathophysiology of Disease and Respiratory Examination
- The GI System
- Gluten Free Everything?
Week One | Wednesday - Respiratory System Treatments
- Introduction to Global Health
Week One | Thursday - Practical skills day
Week One | Friday - TB and HIV Across the Globe
- The International Reaction to Disease Outbreak
Week Two | Monday - Neuroscience and the Nervous System
- The Brain and Parkinson's Disease
Week Two | Tuesday - Practical Skills Day
Week Two | Wednesday - Heart and Lung Dissection Practical
- Frog Heart Pharmacology Practical
Week Two | Thursday - Patient Interactions
- Review Article Presentations
- Clinical Trials
- Diagnostic Tests
Week Two | Friday - Infectious Diseases
- The Role of Vaccines

What will you get out of the International Medical Research and Practice course?

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. In terms of preparation for the workplace, students will receive practical teaching in state-of-the-art facilities, providing useful experiences which can be applied to a future career in the medical field.

Welcome to the City of Oxford - your home this summer

ORA Experience

Oxford is a city like no other, combining startlingly beautiful architecture with a buzzing, modern city centre, with superb shopping, restaurants, cafés and more. With the colleges of Oxford University at its heart, some almost 800 years old, it is a city steeped in history and academia.

Students on Oxford Royale's Oxford summer courses will have the chance to live, dine and study in this stunning city, exploring all of its major sites and discovering its hidden secrets. Through both organised trips to key landmarks and free time in the evenings, students will become acquainted with all that Oxford has to offer.

As students walk the cobbled streets and gaze up at the spires, gargoyles and honey-coloured stone buildings, they will be walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, including prime ministers, presidents, Nobel prize-winning scientists, authors and more.

Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?

Useful information for students


Students will be accommodated in comfortable single rooms in either Merton or University College, depending on the course chosen - please contact our registrations team if you would like more information. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at the university, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like.Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, though in some cases en-suite facilities are available.

Programme Staff

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge and are able to provide an insight into life at these prestigious institutions.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • 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 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.

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(If your course takes place in more than one campus in the same city and you would like to know more about which location you will be allocated, please call our registrations team)

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