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Cambridge Medicine Summer School

Cambridge Summer School

Cambridge Medicine Summer School (Ages 13-15)

Explore Medicine

The ‘Explore Medicine’ programme provides you with a broad introduction to the human body and mind, on campus at our Cambridge Summer School. You will explore the skills and knowledge you need to become a successful doctor or nurse through a focus on human anatomy and physiology. Explore the basics of human anatomy as you identify different career trajectories in the exciting fields of medicine and healthcare.

Expand your understanding of medicine through practical, hands-on medical simulations including conducting a physical exam, applying splints and slings, and controlling external hemorrhaging. Investigate both the practice of medicine and build your knowledge, and strengthen your interpersonal, communication, and collaboration skills—skills essential for future medical professionals.

Location Cambridge
For Ages 13-15 years
Duration 2 weeks
Course Dates
  • 30th Jun to 13th Jul
  • 14th Jul to 27th Jul
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Students Learning Clinical Skills on our Medicine Summer School

See Our Medicine Programme in Action

Watch our Medicine Summer School trailer to see how students on the programme developed practical clinical skills and had a summer to shape their future. Hear directly from students and teachers how we use the best facilities and a bespoke curriculum to enhance our students academic ability and show them exactly what it is like to work in the medical profession.

Kings College Chapel near our Cambridge Summer School

The Cambridge Experience

Watch our Cambridge Summer School trailer to hear from our students about living on campus in the colleges of Cambridge University and the chance to experience university student life. See beautiful college building and the ceremonies and events we run for our students whilst students and teachers speak about the life-changing academic experience our programmes provide.

Cambridge Medicine Summer School Details

The Cambridge Medicine Summer School Programme for ages 13-15 provides an unparalleled opportunity for students interested in exploring medicine to develop their academic ability, career knowledge and transferable skills, while also having an unforgettable summer.

Our Medicine Summer Schools welcomes 13-15 year olds from all around the world. Our students will meet like-minded classmates, all excited to learn and discuss medicine, but each bringing a unique perspective which will allow for invaluable comparisons of how the medical system differs across countries. Over the course of our programme, students will bond through group projects, practical medical simulations and a full timetable of social and cultural activities. Friendships to last a lifetime will be formed over the programme, providing our students with a network of keen future medics spanning the whole globe. 

Students on our medicine summer school for ages 13-15 will enhance their academic skills and strengthen their ability in school by:

Learning basic human anatomy and physiology

Conducting independent research for their assignments

Taking part in academic workshops and study skills sessions

Working as a group with other students to deliver a project

Presenting their research to others as part of an exhibition day

Our programmes are designed to set up our students for life with valuable transferable skills, which they will develop by:

Developing confidence and communication skills through our public speaking and debate workshops

Building a network of friends from all around the world and learning about new perspectives

Gaining independence as part of our guided exploration of the amazing city of Cambridge

Our Cambridge Medicine Summer School for ages 13-15 gives excellent insight into the medical profession, allowing students to understand what opportunities are there for them and whether they want to pursue medicine in the future. Students will:

Compare different fields in medicine and healthcare

Practise conducting the critically important physical examination, a cornerstone of effective medicine

Understand what it takes to become a successful doctor or nurse

Gain insight into the road to medical school

We aim to give students the summer of a lifetime on all of our programmes, with a jam-packed schedule of exciting events and excursions all taking place amidst an inspiring location. Some exciting features of our timetable include:

– Walking tours of top university campuses

– Sports such as a run club, capture the flag, and an Oxford Royale Olympics

Social activities such as quiz nights, board games, karaoke and a talent show

Two show-stopping parties on campus, one at the end of each week

– A coach excursion to the global city of London over the weekend

Our Medicine Summer School for ages 13-15 offers an array of exciting academic and social opportunities, joining together to create a summer to shape your future.

Our Medicine Summer School is expertly crafted to ensure that tuition is followed up by ample opportunities to put theory into practice. Students will learn how to speak like a doctor, take a patient’s history, and investigate and diagnose problems, leading up to a final assessment in which they will be required to role-play as medical practitioners in simulated clinical scenarios.

As part of our Medicine Summer School, students will be taught in small classes by qualified doctors, researchers and medical students. Students will learn the fundamental workings of the human body, such as the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, digestive system and nervous system. Our teachers will communicate this through medical case studies in which one of these systems is affected., allowing students to see all this information in action.

All students on our Medical Summer School will have the opportunity to go on a thrilling day out to the great city of London over the mid-programme weekend. This is an opportunity to have fun with new friends while exploring key cultural sites, trying global cuisine, and snapping pictures at iconic landmarks.

Each year, we host a cross-campus sporting event to encourage camaraderie and friendly competition. There is something for everyone, regardless of whether you are a budding athlete or an absolute beginner, from running races and tug of war to classic games like ‘throw the welly’.


As the programmes draw to a close, students are invited to attend an illustrious graduation ceremony to honour their achievements, in which they will receive their certificates in an amazing venue on campus. This is followed by a final graduation party on campus for students to celebrate and say goodbye to their new friends.

Full Timetable

Click here to download a full sample timetable of our Cambridge Medicine Summer School.

Typical Day

A typical weekday on our Medicine Summer School for ages 13-15 looks like this:

  • 8AM: Students wake up for breakfast on campus before heading to lessons
  • 9AM: Morning lessons, with two short breaks
  • 1PM: Lunch break for students to eat on campus, and some free time to relax
  • 2PM: Afternoon lessons
  • 3:30PM: Medicine academic workshop to develop key skills, cultural activities such as walking tours, and study support
  • 6PM: Dinner on campus
  • 7PM: Public Speaking and Debate Society
  • 8PM: Social activities such as quiz nights, movie nights or karaoke
  • 10PM: Curfew

Week 1

Following a networking induction event, the week starts exploring the fundamental skills of becoming a doctor, including a guide to taking patients’ history, clinical lessons, telemedicine, and emergency care. As well as practical workshops, students will explore the future of medicine and its ethics. Afternoons will also include study support, sports and cultural excursions. In the evening, students will have the chance to take part in debates and public speaking events, social activities and games.

Week 2

Students start the second week exploring building their own health tech business – they will present their ideas to their fellow students. The week will also include specialist training sessions, opportunities to build on these skills and simulations, all of which help students answer that vital question: do I want to be a doctor? In the evenings, debating, public speaking and social activities continue as the week builds to the Challenge Day and Graduation. This presents an opportunity for students to put into practice the vast knowledge they’ll have acquired over the two weeks and enjoy a famous Oxford Royale graduation.

An Oxford Royale Graduation Certificate

What's Included

  • Residential on the prestigious campus of the University of Cambridge

  • Inspiring programmes taught by experts

  • Graduation ceremony, report cards and graduation certificate

  • International student community with over 170 nationalities represented since 2004

  • Accommodation, meals, tuition and cultural programmes included at the Cambridge Summer School

  • 20 hours of tuition per week

  • Inspirational cultural programmes

Watch our video Graduation 2023

Learn from world-leading experts

Whatever your motivation, our exceptional, inspiring, world-leading teachers can help you achieve more this summer. Our amazing array of talented tutors includes Oxbridge academics, Ivy League lecturers, groundbreaking medical researchers, glittering industry leaders, acclaimed authors, and more!

Meet Our Faculty

Dr Claire Keene


Dr Claire Keene is a public health clinician with a masters in International Health and Tropical Medicine from the University of Oxford. She is an experienced clinical trial manager, recently managing a Médecins Sans Frontières project on HIV and tuberculosis.

Dr Amy Booth

Dr Amy Booth


Dr Amy Booth is a celebrated physician who graduated summa cum laude from the University of Cape Town. Now working towards a PhD at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, she formerly worked with the World Health Organisation.

Dr Abdulazeez Imam


Dr Imam, lecturer in Medicine, has over 14 years of clinical experience and a strong commitment to medical education. He completed a 6 year Paediatric programme in Nigeria and is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Oxford. He also holds an MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Leeds.

Dr Endrit Shabani

Law & Politics

A trained lawyer, Dr Endrit Shabani has a Doctorate in Politics from the University of Oxford where he studied with a full Clarendon scholarship. He has consulted for multiple international organisations including UNICEF, UN Women and the EU, and has taught Politics internationally.

Dr Anisa Butt

Business & Entrepreneurship

A member of the Oxford Royale team for 3 years, Dr Anisa Butt is a lecturer in economics at King’s College London. Currently completing a PhD in Economics from the University of Reading, her focus is on gender and ethnic income inequality.

How You'll Learn

Escape ordinary classroom teaching and learn through interactive and immersive lessons.


Hands-on classes designed to help students learn through practical application.


An interactive forum with an expert in the field, giving students valuable insights into related and new topics.

Guest Speakers

Successful and famous guest speakers offer students the chance to pose their most important questions.


Essential for honing students' reasoning abilities and public speaking skills.

Interactive Lectures

Dynamic lectures given by passionate teachers packed with facts and viewpoints to engage the audience.

Group Projects

An opportunity to work closely with, and learn from, different perspectives.


Working in pairs and small groups, students have plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate.

Challenge Days

Apply the skills and knowledge gained throughout your two-week programme in an immersive full day simulation event.

Exciting Activities and Trips

Cambridge Summer School walking tours

Walking Tour of Cambridge

Experience the magic of Cambridge on a walking tour of the city. Wander through historic colleges with stunning architecture, see the pub where the discovery of DNA was announced, or uncover hidden gems from coffee shops to art galleries. 

Cambridge summer school formal dinner group


Experience an Oxford Royale graduation, on campus at the University of Cambridge. Dress up with your new friends, dine in a magnificent venue, and celebrate everything you have achieved on your programme. 

See our exclusive events Oxford Royale Graduation
Cambridge summer school punting excursion


Feel like a real Cambridge student and try your hand at punting, a type of rowing that uses a metal pole to push the boat forward! Relax in the sun and view some of Cambridge’s spectacular colleges as you punt along the River Cam.

The interior of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Museums and Galleries

Immerse yourself in the arts and sciences at Cambridge’s renowned museums. See the works of old masters at the Fitzwilliam Museum, explore the natural world at the University Museum of Zoology, and discover prehistory at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences.

See our exclusive events Night at the Museum
“The classes are really engaging, especially in the way that you can communicate directly with the teacher and ask them any questions you might have! It is a nice way to learn something new, and it is also a great environment to connect with your classmates. ”

Omaira, India

“What I like most about the programme is that it is very interactive and you learn in a fun and engaging way. We learned about surgical techniques and suturing, and we got to try out suturing with actual equipment. The lessons are the important theory but taught in a much more fun way, which makes it easier to remember. ”

Pietro, Italy

“I wanted to come on this course as it is a chance for me to learn more about Medicine, but also about the UK in general, as I have never been here before. This has been a chance for me to improve my English and meet new friends, all while exploring the subject. ”

Yanzhi, China


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Frequently Asked Questions

For the Explore Medicine programme, students live and study on campus in colleges of the historic University of Cambridge, as part of our Cambridge Summer School. Oxford Royale students will stay in accommodation at either Clare College or St Catharine’s College. Both colleges are beautiful, historic institutions situated in the heart of the university town.

Explore Medicine is also available at our other locations, please see our courses page for more details.

Once you have decided which programme you would like to attend, and where you would like to study, you can book online using our secure booking system. You will need the details of the student and of the person paying the bill, the name of the programme or programmes you would like to study, and a credit or debit card to pay the enrolment fee.

We are happy to accept enrolment fees via a number of other, non-card payment methods (including domestic and international bank transfer), thanks to our partnership with education payment specialists, Flywire. If you would prefer to pay your enrolment fee by bank transfer or another method, please contact our Admissions team who will be able to assist you.

Once your application has been submitted, your enrolment fee has been received by us and your booking processed by our system or our team, you will be sent an email confirming your place. You will also receive a login to the Oxford Royale Portal, which you will use to provide us with important additional information about you as your time with us approaches.

A Welcome Pack is available to download from the Oxford Royale Portal.

If at any time you would like to discuss your booking with a member of our award-winning Customer Service team, please feel free to contact us.

All enrolments require an enrolment fee to secure the booking. For Summer 2023, enrolment fees are structured as follows:

  • Summer Schools for ages 13-15 and 16-18 (University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and Yale University) – £1295 GBP for each 2-week session

You may either pay the full programme fee when you book your place, or pay the enrolment fee and then settle the balance at a later date.

The balance clearance is required no later than 90 days before the start date of the programme. Where the student is booking less than 90 days before the start date, the programme fees must be covered in full. We appreciate that, with the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, people may require additional flexibility to these terms, and we are doing our best to accommodate that – please contact us if you have concerns regarding making the balance payment in line with the 90-day deadline.

Enrolments received via our online application form will require a debit or credit card payment of at least the enrolment fee. If you would like to pay your enrolment fee via Bank Transfer or another method, we are happy to facilitate this. Please contact our Admissions team to arrange this.

Balance payments for existing enrolments can be made via a number of methods, including domestic and international bank transfer, credit or debit card, as well as local payment options; please log in to the Oxford Royale Portal and click on the ‘Pay Now’ button on your booking details.

All programme fees include the following:

  • Classes and tuition
  • Study files/materials
  • Guest lectures by academic speakers
  • Personalised academic reports and graduation certificate
  • Accommodation at a top university
  • Meals in the dining hall of your college, every day of your programme (Meals provided are typically as follows: breakfast, lunch and dinner for ages 13-15; breakfast and dinner for ages 16-18)
  • Free WiFi (subject to availability)
  • A wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
  • Coach excursions (kindly note that excursions can be to local attractions or to sites further afield)
  • Welcome and graduation events
  • A multitude of extras, including an Oxford Royale notebook and branded clothing

If you wish to change your programme or study options (including dates), please do not hesitate to contact us. However, changes to programmes are always subject to availability. For this reason, it may be more difficult for us to accommodate any changes requested less than 60 days before the programme start date.

Oxford Royale’s terms and conditions for refunds are as follows:

Any cancellation must be received in writing and can only be made on the following terms:

  • No refund of the enrolment fee will be made under any circumstances once the two-week cooling-off period has concluded;
  • For cancellations before your programme start date, the remainder of the programme fees excluding the enrolment fee will be proportionally refunded as per the table below:
Period Before Start Date Total Refunded (excluding enrolment fee)
120+ days 100%
90-119 days 50%
45-89 days 10%
0-44 days 0%

Cancellations made after the commencement date of the programme will not receive any refund.

For full information regarding cancellation and refund terms, please see our full terms and conditions, and please contact us if you have any questions.

Our English language requirements are as follows:

  • B1 for EFL programmes
  • C1 or IELTS level 6.5 or higher for all academic programmes

Students who have studied at an English speaking school for two or more years are exempt from English requirements.

Yes, all students will be awarded an Oxford Royale Graduation Certificate in their chosen programme upon satisfactory completion of the programme. This will be presented in a graduation ceremony on the final evening of the programme. In general, the graduation ceremony is for students only, but in certain cases, it might be possible for parents to attend on request. Due to limited seating and viewing facilities in the colleges, it is essential that parents contact the campus office well in advance to ascertain whether space is available.

All our programmes take place in a secure environment. Our students are supervised 24 hours a day by campus staff. All students must check-in regularly during the day: at breakfast roll-call; at their morning classes; in the afternoon for lessons, workshops or activities; at dinner and in the evening before curfew. All campuses have a curfew.

Each campus office has its own safe where students may deposit items of value such as passports, travel documents, bank cards etc.

All campuses have residential staff who can be contacted 24 hours a day.

It is certainly possible to take more than one programme and combine a variety of subjects. This can be done by enrolling on two different programmes. For example, you may wish to have two weeks on the Film Academy and then two more weeks on Creative Writing.

Students staying for two consecutive sessions will be provided with accommodation for the Saturday night, and their campus will provide supervised activities between their first session ending and second session starting. Should you have any queries about how to take more than one programme please do not hesitate to contact us.

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