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Students on this challenging Neuroscience course will explore the complex workings of the human brain, covering difficult issues including memory, the storage of information, the role of sleep, and how emotions and pain affect neural pathways.

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Course Summary

Course Summary

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.


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.

Course Outcomes

What will you get out of the Neuroscience Summer Course?

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.

Application and Further Use

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.


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)

Imperial College London

  • Location London
  • Ages Ages: 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single
  • Bathroom Type En-suite
  • Year Built Founded in 1907

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