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 held in Cambridge University colleges
Like all Cambridge Immerse courses, during the two-week programme, you will benefit from small-group teaching and 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 encourage 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.
Quick Biology summer course facts and stats:
- Maximum tutorial size: 12 students
- expert 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