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Medical Biology

Medical Biology

This summer Medical Biology course is designed for students who wish to extend their knowledge and understanding of the science behind modern medical practice, encouraging students to consider human health and its wider impact more broadly.

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Course Summary

Course Summary

The course uses class discussion, debates, presentations, role plays and written work to explore topics that students might not have encountered before, and to encourage students to think more broadly about human health and how it relates to wider social, political and environmental factors. The lessons aim to be an interactive and challenging introduction to medical sciences, and students are expected to get involved in discussions and to participate fully in class activities.

The Medical Biology course consists of ten 90-minute sessions, in which the following topics are covered: diabetes, arterial disease, heart attacks and strokes, infectious diseases, brain diseases, the the designing of medical research studies, and medical imaging techniques.


This course provides the perfect introduction for students who are thinking of pursuing future careers such as nursing, pharmacology, midwifery, nutrition or medical technology, or indeed broader related fields such as public health or global development. It may also be of interest to students who have settled on a path in the sciences and who are unsure which specialism they might like to pursue in future. Of course, having future plans that relate to medical biology is not essential for taking this course; it has relevance in all of our lives and students may wish to pursue it out of pure intellectual curiosity and the desire for a challenge.

Course Outcomes

What will you get out of the Medical Biology Summer Course?

In addition to expanding their knowledge of medical biology, students will be introduced to cutting-edge ideas in the field and encouraging a thoughtful and creative approach to contemporary medical issues. This is not a pure science course; it incorporates issues arising from public health and medical ethics in order to give a complete and well-rounded impression of the subject.


No mathematical background beyond basic arithmetic, algebra, and geometry will be expected on this course. However, students should know how to calculate angles, areas and circumference.

Suggested Reading

Students who are interested in this class and who wish to do some preliminary reading may wish to read either of the following texts:

Neither is compulsory; they are merely intended as a suggested taster for the course if students are interested in investigating the subject before coming to Oxford.


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)

Cambridge University Accommodation

  • Location Cambridge
  • Ages Ages: 13-15, 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1209 (University of Cambridge)

Further Information

How to Enrol

Medical Biology is part of the Broadening Horizons programme.

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