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Genetics is a branch of biology concerned with the study of genes. This two-week course will cover basic concepts underpinning modern genetics; DNA and how it is replicated; the scientists who discovered DNA; the topic of inheritance; and the relationship between genetics and the environment.

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Course Summary

During this two-week course, students will be introduced to the basic concepts underpinning modern genetics. They will learn about DNA, how it was replicated, and the scientists who discovered it, as well as covering topics on inheritance and the relationship between genetics and the environment.

After building a solid foundation in the first week, the course will move onto the applications of genetics to food, medicine and society in the second week. Students will have the opportunity to conduct a practical experiment to extract DNA and the chance to engage with material from the emerging subfield of epigenetics.

Course Outcomes

What will you get out of the Genetics Summer Course?

If you chose to study Genetics you will improve your reflective writing and group work skills, as the course incorporates both written and oral assessments. By the end of the course, you will be able to interpret scientific pieces of work and have an understanding of the current and future directions of genetics. This course will not only equip you with the skills and knowledge to help you progress in your further studies and future career, but also empower you to think more widely about the value that the study of genetics offers our society.


Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

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