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International Medical Research and Practice (Level 2: Practitioner) Ages 19+

Oxford Summer School for Adults 2020

This two-week course is designed to provide enhanced knowledge and skills to those in the early stages of their medical career. A blend of theoretical and practical learning, the course will introduce you to cutting-edge material around exciting topics such as biotechnology. Through a range of group and individual tasks, you will develop greater confidence to support your progression through your medical career.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2020

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

Course Summary

International Medical Research and Practice (Level 2: Practitioner) is a two-week course designed for Junior Doctors. The course will cover cutting-edge material and explore exciting topics which may not have been studied in-depth before - such as current advances in medicine and biotechnology. With this knowledge in mind, you will gain confidence surrounding the thought processes that doctors go through to make diagnoses, to decide on a treatment plan, and to engage with the patient and their family. Interpersonal skills are important, and must be integrated with critical thinking and detailed medical knowledge to be an excellent doctor.

This is an advanced course, which aims to provide you with expert skills to assist your medical career. Throughout the two weeks you will learn that Medicine is both a science and an art through a range of teaching styles, from interactive group work to practical classes and university-style independent learning.


This course is designed for Junior Doctors, who have completed their medical degree. Further, a strong command of the English language is vital. Students are required to bring a laptop with them. If any additional course-specific equipment or software is needed, you will be notified in advance.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • A detailed understanding of the anatomy and pathophysiology of disease within the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems
  • Studied global health and implemented a global approach to medicine
  • Practically applied detailed medical knowledge in laboratory-based experiments
  • Practised interpersonal skills through doctor-patient role play

Topics Covered

During this two-week International Medical Research and Practice (Level 2: Practitioner) course, students will cover the following key topics:

  • The anatomy of the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems
  • The pathophysiology of disease affecting these systems from around the world
  • The basic principles of pharmacology
  • How to formulate treatment plans
  • Global health

Take this course if...

Take this course if you are hoping to gain the necessary skills to advance your medical career through theoretical and practical learning.

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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