Oxford, United Kingdom

Diseases of the 21st Century

online course
when 12 July 2021 - 23 July 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee GBP 750

This is a fascinating programme for students interested in applying for (or recently enrolled in) medical school or in carrying out biomedical research at UK or international universities.

Leading academics from the University of Oxford will show how fundamental research can be applied to push forward healthcare, using biochemical and genetic technologies in drug and vaccine design and diagnostics. We will focus on diseases which have been identified as major pathologies in the current century including infectious diseases (Covid-19, Tuberculosis) and metabolic diseases (Diabetes, Atherosclerosis).

Lectures will cover fundamental research, translational research in medicine, pathophysiology, and ethical/social aspects of healthcare. Students can choose a specific topic within these areas to focus on in more depth. They will also gain experience in assessing evidence from clinical trials and the management of risk in medicine.

Course leader

Dr David Harris

Target group

This programme is open for undergraduate and postgraduate students who want to gain knowledge about cutting-edge medical research at the University of Oxford and learn how best to prepare for further medical studies at world class research universities. We will consider students in the following categories: Undergraduates after 1st year, or 2nd year US students, Entry level postgraduates.

There are no formal entry requirements or restrictions on which subject you are currently studying. However, it is an intensive programme that is aimed at undergraduates who have completed one or two years of their degree or entry level postgraduate students.

We will consider applicant’s academic ability and expect them to have as a minimum GPA 3.2 out of the 4.0 grading scale, or 80 out of the 100 grading scale.
To fully participate in the course all students will need to have proficiency in English to the following standards:
English language requirements for non-native English speaking students: Overall TOEFL score of 85; or IELTS score of 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in each component); or CET-4 at 550 or CET-6 at 520

Course aim

Benefits / Outcomes - Participating in the course will allow you to:
• Learn about cutting-edge research conducted at Oxford University and elsewhere
• Gain practical experience in discussing and interpreting research papers
• Understand the processes involved in developing and testing drugs and vaccines
• Understand the role of medical ethics, and social inequalities in health outcomes

Programme structure / Teaching methods:
This is an intensive full-time course that will give students an unforgettable experience of learning in a similar way to Oxford University undergraduates. The programme consists of 10 teaching days of stimulating lectures and small teaching group work with their academic tutors that is based on the famous Oxford tutorial system.

It is important to note that it will be a live, real time online course with teaching delivered between 13.00 – 17.00 UK time. All teaching sessions will be live, giving students the opportunity to interact with each other and fully engage with the course lecturers. Students will be also expected to do additional work and reading in their own time between live sessions.

Credits info

Certificate of attendance

Fee info

GBP 750: Early bird fee (ends 4 June 2021)
GBP 900: Standard fee (after 4 June 2021)