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Developments in Global Engineering Ages 19-25+

Oxford Summer School for Adults 2020

An Engineering summer course designed to introduce students aged 19+ to the discipline of Engineering. Residential in Oxford.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's faculty
  • Study the fundamental elements of a range of Engineering disciplines
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities in 2019
  • Inspirational cultural programme

Course Summary

Across the world, engineering is a sector that is experiencing rapid change. Oxford Royale Academy’s Developments in Global Engineering programme gives students a unique opportunity to analyse and discuss this change, and to prepare for a life and career at the centre of it.

The 21st century is an exceptionally exciting time to be commencing a career as an engineer. A range of disruptive trends are combining to revolutionise the sector, including the application of AI and Machine Learning to design and build technologies, changes in demands for engineering in developing countries and emerging markets, and the ever-evolving role of consultancies.

As a result of this change, businesses, charities and governments across the world require skilled engineers with the knowledge and capabilities to not only deliver on individual projects, but also to manage this shifting landscape and to lead teams through times of uncertainty and complexity.

This summer programme, available in the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, gives learners aged 19 and over the opportunity to develop the competencies required to build a career as a 21st century engineer, whilst also providing the unique chance to explore cutting edge material under the guidance of expert ORA tutors.

For their assessment on the course, students will work both individually and as part of a project team to complete an engineering design challenge centred around the creation of a concept for a Smart City 1.0.

The course is accredited by the City of Guilds of London and all students will receive a certificate upon completion.

What will you get from studying the Developments in Global Engineering course?

  • Up to date knowledge of some of the latest thinking in core engineering disciplines
  • Higher confidence in designing engineering solutions for the future
  • Real-world experience of cross-disciplinary working in multi-national teams to enhance your analytical, problem-solving and leadership skills
  • The development of a global engineering consultant’s mind-set – ‘seeing the global in the local’

Course Outcomes

Students will:

  • Develop a strategy for leveraging advanced technologies such as the Internet of Things, analytics, AI, within a global engineering framework.
  • Understand the main global and technical challenges that engineers have to face in order to generate solutions to the problems facing both developed and developing economies
  • Apply theories to real-world problems and help build the future of the modern world through creativity and innovation

Topics Covered

Successful completion of the project will involve coverage of the following engineering subject-areas underpinned by relevant mathematical principles including calculus, set theory and statistics.

  • Electrical engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Architectural/Structural engineering
  • Sustainable development- understanding the global supply chain

Take this course if...

Take this course if you have an interest in pursuing a career in Engineering or wish to study a branch of the discipline at university.

Welcome to the City of Oxford - your home this summer

ORA Experience

Oxford is a city like no other, combining startlingly beautiful architecture with a buzzing, modern city centre, with superb shopping, restaurants, cafés and more. With the colleges of Oxford University at its heart, some almost 800 years old, it is a city steeped in history and academia.

Students on Oxford Royale's Oxford summer courses will have the chance to live, dine and study in this stunning city, exploring all of its major sites and discovering its hidden secrets. Through both organised trips to key landmarks and free time in the evenings, students will become acquainted with all that Oxford has to offer.

As students walk the cobbled streets and gaze up at the spires, gargoyles and honey-coloured stone buildings, they will be walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, including prime ministers, presidents, Nobel prize-winning scientists, authors and more.

Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?

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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