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Over the course of two weeks, students will build up an understanding of the brain's structure and how it functions. After studying the anatomy of the human brain, they will then learn about how different parts of the brain control movement and emotions. They will also explore memory and how the brain learns and stores information, why the brain needs sleep, and now neural pathways form responses to emotions and pain.
As part of this course, students will study nerve cells and the way in which they transmit information, as well as considering how they may be affected by illness and drugs. In this context, students will look at the relationship between the brain and the spinal cord, as well as gaining an appreciation of sensory systems such as vision, touch and hearing.
Students will have the opportunity to carry out practical experiments to illuminate what they have learned, providing hands-on scientific research experience that will come in useful at university and beyond. The course is ideal for students who are aiming to study medicine, human biology or medicine-related degrees at university, as well as those with a more general interest in biology or science.
In addition to expanding their knowledge of neuroscience, students will also develop transferable skills that will benefit them whatever subject they choose to pursue at university. In addition to scientific research skills, they will work on general skills such as analysis, teamwork and communication, which they can talk about on their CVs and in future job applications. For those wishing to pursue a university degree and/or a career in neuroscience or a related field, our expert teachers will be on hand to answer questions on university applications, possible careers and how to pave the way for success.
This subject is part of the Broadening Horizons course at Oxford Royale Summer Schools’s Oxford summer school.
The Broadening Horizons course, for students aged 16 to 18, is suitable both for those who are trying to decide what to pursue in further education, and for those who simply want to learn about a variety of interesting subjects - 30+ study options are available!
Students choose two morning classes and one afternoon workshop to provide a diverse and stimulating curriculum that is tailored to their needs, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or try out something new. Students studying Broadening Horizons in Oxford get the chance to live and learn in a college of the University of Oxford or in our 17th-century manor house, Yarnton Manor.
No knowledge of neuroscience is necessary for this course, but students will be expected to have a basic knowledge of human biology and/or chemistry and an interest in learning more about how the human body works. The course will be particularly suited to those pursuing psychology, medicine and medicine-related degrees and careers.
The Broadening Horizons programme - our flagship Oxford summer course - allows you to combine different subject options to enable a flexible, tailored programme that best suits your academic needs
To view other options, select your choice of options and apply, please visit the main Broadening Horizons Programme page
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