Cambridge Biology Summer School
Why study biology? The study of biological sciences offers a fascinating view into all that lives on the earth: from the smallest microorganism on the earth to the prospect of life outside of our universe. Studying biological sciences includes a diverse and exciting range of topics, from cellular structure to genetics, and even to whole ecosystems.
The discoveries scientists make about life processes are crucial for tackling the global challenges we face for human welfare and environmental protection. The Cambridge Immerse summer programme offers a unique opportunity to explore fascinating topics within Biological Sciences, to debate recent scientific advances and the potential interactions of Biology with other disciplines.
The Cambridge Immerse Biology course offers you the chance to go beyond A-level and IB-level materials, and to tackle university-level biology topics in an engaging, approachable and enjoyable environment, within the beautiful setting of a central Cambridge college. By enrolling in the Cambridge Immerse Biology course, you will consolidate your existing understanding of Biology, as well as being introduced to more advanced topics and debates to spur your intellectual curiosity and help you develop a true passion for the subject which can take you into your future university career.
Summer Biology Courses at Cambridge University
Like all Cambridge Immerse courses, during the two-week programme, you will benefit from Oxbridge style, small-group teaching and university preparation workshops from expert tutors, reside in a beautiful central University of Cambridge college and enjoy a wide range of extracurricular activities, as well as subject-specific excursions to help you immerse yourself in architecture in the most practical and engaging way. In the welcoming learning environment provided by Cambridge Immerse, you will be both challenged and supported in carefully planned classes that emulate the unique Oxbridge system of tutor-student engagement and debate.
Sound good? Read on, and find out more about what the course has to offer.
What will I study at this Biology Summer Course in Cambridge?
This engaging two week programme encompasses 10 diverse topics in the biological sciences, taught by expert tutors from Oxbridge. Here is just a taster of what is on offer on the course:
To start you off, this introductory session will begin with the discussion of what constitutes life and how biologists have attempted to define life throughout history. You will discuss some of the ideas of how life is thought to have originated and you will tackle the RNA world hypothesis and its problems. You will also consider the variety of life and learn how it can be classified into a hierarchy of taxa, discussing differences between the two basic types of cells: prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. All our topics are designed to be challenging, providing insights into university level material in an accessible and approachable way.
Emerging infectious diseases, which have shaped the course of humanity and are of huge public health importance today, will continue to challenge society as long as humans and microbes co-exist. In this course you will explore why infectious diseases emerge and re-emerge, looking at a prototype of a bacterial, viral and a parasitic disease. You will also learn about principles of antimicrobial resistance and the various mechanisms responsible for antibiotic resistance. A hot topic in the news, you will discuss the rise of superbugs and the evolving strategies to circumvent drug resistance.
Here, you will explore the importance of bioinformatics in life sciences. Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary science developed using concepts from biology, mathematics, computer science, and statistics. In this engaging course, you will explore how advances in the field of bioinformatics enabled both the mapping of the entire human genome and the genomes of many other organisms and discovering how this led to the discovery of novel drug targets and revolutionised the field of molecular medicine.
Could there really be life on Mars? This session will be a light-hearted examination of the probability of life elsewhere in the universe, looking at the distinction between intelligent life and life as molecular complexes able to replicate and make use of energy either of stellar origin or other available molecules. You will examine experimental evidence, such as the Miller-Urey experiment, to discover how life on earth could have arisen, and bring your own perspective to this issue in a stimulating discussion at the end of the session.
What are the benefits in enrolling in our Biology Summer Programme?
The Cambridge Immerse Biology Summer programme is ideal for students who want to study Biology at top universities across the world. Our university level Biology syllabus was designed and is taught by Oxbridge Biology tutors. With 40 hours of university Biology academic sessions, this course offers real insight into what it is like to study at university. This Biology summer programme will instill in you the knowledge to not only prepare for Biology university applications but also for life as a Biology undergraduate. Studying Biology at university is very different to studying it at school, joining this Oxbridge style Biology course will enable you to make the transition from school student to university whilst firing your passion for the subject.
To ensure you leave the course with the best preparation for your university experience, Cambridge Immerse also offers a range of highly useful, optional skills workshops which are included in the Biology course fee, including Interview Skills Workshops to help you articulate yourself brilliantly under pressure and show your passion for the subject. You can also take advantage of one-on-one Personal Statement Consultations to help you polish your personal statement and make it really stand out from the crowd.
As you can see from the topic overview above, the Cambridge Immerse biology course covers a wide breadth of material, but this is not something to be worried about! Before you begin, you will be given fascinating and stimulating preparatory material to get your teeth into and to make sure you’re fully up to speed before the course begins. To find out more about the Biology course, and to enrol, visit this link.
Quick Biology summer course facts and stats:
- Maximum tutorial size: 12 students
- Oxbridge style teaching from university tutors
- University preparation workshops
- Inclusive of excursions
- Reside in a central University of Cambridge college
- Dedicated university and subject specific advice
- A variety of carefully planned skills workshops
- Inclusive of all excursions and extracurriculars
- Diverse range of international participants
- Participant Assessment
- Certificate of Participation
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