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International Medical Research and Practice Ages 19+

Cambridge Summer School for Adults 2020

Also available in Oxford

A two-week summer course exploring modern medical research and practice, including clinical skills and the latest developments in the field.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Cambridge
  • Medicine tuition with experts
  • Talks with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - form a global network
  • Inspirational cultural programme

Course Summary

Modern medical practice doesn’t exist in isolation; it’s kept up-to-date and moving forward by the important work of medical scientists. Oxford Royale offers students from around the world the unique opportunity to explore the realms of medical science whilst working in the labs and classrooms of one of the world’s leading research institutions - the University of Cambridge. Students will be taught about the anatomy and pathophysiology of disease within the body’s cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems through lab-based dissections and case-based teaching.

The course will also have a strong practical focus, with students taught how to examine patients, take a history and interpret key scans and blood tests to allow diagnosis of cases from across the globe. Pharmacology will also be covered, with students exploring drug biochemistry within the walls of the same university where the structure of Penicillin was discovered in 1945.

What to expect from the International Medical Research and Practice Course

Throughout the course, students will learn about the role of clinical trials and research papers in informing evidence-based medicine, and learn how to gather evidence from papers, condensing relevant information into a concise review, focusing on a topic that interests them. Through practical tasks such as dissection, students will gain a deep understanding of the intricacies of the heart and its inner workings and get a better understanding of the anatomy of key organs like the lungs. Students will explore the link between research and practice, building on their practical tasks to better understand the common illnesses that can affect these organs, such as COPD, asthma and lung cancer, and learning about their respective treatments. Students will also study the nervous system, investigating its anatomy and function and its disorders such as Parkinson’s.

This course seeks to situate itself within a wider context, and so students will also explore global health topics such: as how the international medical community is working to combat the recent outbreaks of Zika and Ebola; the role of WHO in eradicating smallpox; and the pathophysiology and geography of HIV.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • Learned about the role of clinical trials and research papers in informing evidence-based medicine
  • Gained a deeper understanding of the heart and anatomy of key organs
  • Studied the nervous system, investigating its anatomy and function and its disorders such as Parkinson’s
  • Explored global health topics
  • Explored the link between research and practice

The table below gives an indication of the subject areas that will be covered in each day’s lecture and seminar. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, please note that topics and timings may be subject to change.

Day Week 1 (Scroll right for week 2) Week 2
Monday Lecture 1: Doctor-Patient Interactions (Practise)
Seminar 1: Chest pain cases studies- history and examination (Practise)
Lecture 6: Neurological system
Seminar 6: Cerebrovascular Accidents (Practice)
Lecture 7: Oncology and cancer Immunology
Tuesday Lecture 2: Cardiovascular system
Seminar 2: Pathophysiology of ischaemic heart disease - case based
Lecture 3: Respiratory system
Seminar 3: Pathophysiology of Shortness of Breath
Clinical skills day 2 (Practice)
Wednesday Lecture 4: How to manage medical emergencies (practice)
Seminar 4: Introduction to Clinical Skills (Practice)
Review article presentation (research)Feedback on presentations
Thursday Clinical Skills day (Practice) Lecture 8: Gastrointestinal System
Seminar 8: The Gut microbiome (Research)
Lecture 9: Personalised genomic medicine (research)
Seminar 9: The Future of medicine and gene editing (Research)
Friday Lecture 5: Global health/Policy and healthcare systems (Research)
Seminar 5: Influenza and vaccination (Research)
Lecture 10: Medical ethics (Practice and research)
Seminar 10: Applied medical ethics case scenarios

Take this course if...

Take this course if you would like preparation for further study of Medicine, whether at degree or postgraduate level, or if you are fascinated by current Medical issues and debates and would like deeper insight into these.

Welcome to the City of Cambridge - your home this summer

students walking through a small street in front of the King's College, Cambridge

Cambridge has been recognised for centuries as one of the most beautiful academic locations in the UK. With its soaring gothic buttresses, green lawns, gently meandering river, and quiet little coffee shops, Cambridge has a lot to offer in terms of quality of student experience.

Students will live, dine and study in a college of the University of Cambridge, providing them with the ideal opportunity to discover what life in a top UK university is really like. Students can immerse themselves in the teaching of knowledgeable academics, many of whom have studied at top UK institutions such as Cambridge and Oxford. They will have plenty of opportunity to explore the city in their free time, and take part in educational excursions in and around Cambridge.

Students residential in Cambridge will experience life in a top UK university city, while fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our Cambridge Summer School has to offer.

A Cambridge college dining hall
Punts lined up on the River Cam in Cambridge
Students smiling at the camera in front of the King's College, Cambridge?

Useful information for students


Students will be accommodated in comfortable single rooms in either Merton or University College, depending on the course chosen - please contact our registrations team if you would like more information. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at the university, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, though in some cases en-suite facilities are available.

Programme Staff

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge and are able to provide an insight into life at these prestigious institutions.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on [email protected] and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.

Our Teaching Faculty

At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here

Guest Lectures & Debates

At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates, involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors.

Extra-curricular Activities

At ORA, we never forget that our students are on vacation and seeking new experiences outside of the classroom as well as in lessons. Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our adult students have fun, network, and get the most out of their time with us.

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