Oxford, United Kingdom

Fundamentals of biomedical research

online course
when 26 July 2021 - 30 July 2021
language English
duration 1 week
fee GBP 395

This unique new course is aimed at students considering a career in biomedical research. The aim of the course is to equip students with a solid introductory knowledge of biomedical research and to allow them to put this knowledge into the context of real world practice – to understand how medical research is designed and delivered and what the key professional roles are that make this happen.
Students will have an opportunity to learn about the differences between biomedical research in academia and the pharmaceutical industry, find out what it’s like to be a postgraduate research student, and how statisticians make crucial contributions to the reliability of science. All lecturers are scientists and research professionals from the University of Oxford and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask them questions about their research and everyday life in science.

The course will end with a dedicated career development session. Under the guidance of a career coach students will learn how best to approach the planning of their own careers, how to use what they’ve learnt on the programme to identify their dream job in science, and how to take their next steps in this direction.

The course programme will cover the following topics:

• An overview of biomedical research from basic science discovery, pre-clinical and clinical research to its implementation in practice
• The importance of research ethics and scientific integrity in clinical research
• The key stages of a research process: planning, design, conduct and dissemination
• The importance of an appropriate study design to answering different research questions
• How we conduct clinical trials and why they are the gold standard methodology for testing new treatments
• The role of research in disease outbreaks: Ebola epidemic, COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of vaccines
• Medical research in academia and in the pharmaceutical industry
• What ‘big data’ means and how it is used in medical research
• Good and bad science communication – what you need to know to decide if media reports are truly reflecting research findings or misrepresenting them
• How to plan your career in biomedical research

Course leader

Dr Iveta Simera, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford

Target group

This programme is open to undergraduate and entry-level postgraduate students who want to gain knowledge about biomedical research and are considering a career in this area.

There are no formal academic entry requirements or restrictions on which subject you are currently studying. However, the course will be most useful and engaging to participants who have a high level of interest in medical research and a basic grounding in subjects relevant to medical research.

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:

• Understand the key biomedical research methods and approaches to improving people’s health
• Learn about cutting-edge research conducted at the University of Oxford
• Gain insight into different roles in biomedical research in both academia and industry
• Benefit from a basic toolkit for furthering your career in research or other fields


Programme structure / Teaching methods

This is a real time, live course with teaching and small group work delivered between 9.00 – 13.00 UK time. All teaching sessions will be live, giving students the opportunity to interact with each other and fully engage with the course lecturers.
The programme consists of 5 teaching days of stimulating lectures, small group work and engaging discussions. There will be no formal assignment at the end of the course. Students will receive a certificate of attendance from Lady Margaret Hall.

Fee info

GBP 395: Early bird fee (ends 21 June 2021)
GBP 495: Standard fee (after 21 June 2021)