Medicine & Biological Sciences

  • Maximum tutorial size: 12 students
  • Suitable for 13-15 year old students
  • Oxbridge style teaching
  • Personal Project and Assessment
  • Certificate of Participation
  • University preparation workshops
  • Inclusive of excursions
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Overview of course

  • 5th August – 18th August 2018
  • Reside in a central University of Cambridge college
  • Classes designed and taught by University tutors
  • A variety of carefully planned skills workshops
  • Expert introduction to Medicine and Biological Sciences
  • Dedicated university and subject specific advice
  • Inclusive of all excursions and extracurriculars
  • Diverse range of international participants
  • Participant Assessment
  • Certificate of Participation


Cambridge Immerse is a unique two week residential educational experience with a diverse and enriching curriculum, designed and taught by Cambridge University and Oxford University tutors. Tutorials and seminars are taught by experts in an optimal learning environment that stimulates academic enquiry; yet the carefully planned schedule ensures that the programme not only meets the academic needs of the participants, but also provides a unique insight into the university city through an abundance of extracurricular activities.

The Cambridge Immerse Medicine & Biological Sciences course for 13-15 year olds is both challenging and engaging, with students learning in small groups to ensure that each student’s needs are addressed. Students are taught university-level topics in a way that is approachable and easy to understand.

The Cambridge Immerse Medicine course is perfect for those who love science. As well as introducing students to topics explored at university, the course introduces students to more advanced topics and debates that will not only spur intellectual curiosity, but assist in preparing to study Medicine, Biology or related sciences in the future.

Academic Content & Learning Objectives

Cambridge Immerse introduces students to the world of medicine and related sciences. Our aim is to help students develop an introductory understanding of some of the most important aspects of medical science and to familiarise them with the key advances and debates within the discipline. Students can expect to study topics as wide-ranging as medical biology and anatomy to ethics and philosophy.

This course introduces 13-15 year old students to the human anatomy and theories associated with the human anatomy.  The programme has been designed with a significant practical track, providing students the fantastic opportunity to learn medical procedures and familiarise themselves with medical equipment.

A diverse range of topics are explored during the programme, and a sample of previous topics that have been explored can be viewed by clicking on the boxes below:

DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is a biomolecule that holds the blueprint for living organisms. A gene is a segment of DNA that is passed down from parents to children and confers a trait to the offspring. Genes are organized and packaged in units called “chromosomes.” Humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes. One set of chromosomes for each pair comes from each parent. We will deal with the nature of genes and the role of chromosomes in heredity, together with the genetics of prokaryotes and the advent of genetic engineering. Next we will consider the way in which genetics can be understood at the molecular level in terms of the replication, transcription and translation of DNA. This will be followed by a brief introduction to recombinant DNA technology, its application in “cloning” and the revolution this has produced in our understanding of cell biology over the last three decades and its contribution to understanding the genetic basis of disease.

As an organism grows and develops, carefully orchestrated chemical reactions activate and deactivate parts of the genome at strategic times and in specific locations. Epigenetics is the study of heritable changes in gene expression that do not involve changes to the underlying DNA sequence; a change in phenotype without a change in genotype. Epigenetic change is a regular and natural occurrence but can also be influenced by several factors including age, the environment/lifestyle, and disease state. We will discuss how epigenetic modifications are essential for processes of cell differentiation into all the different tissues, as well as cell memory. Failures in epigenetic maintenance can have damaging effects, resulting in diseases like cancer. At least three systems including DNA methylation, histone modification and noncoding RNA are currently considered to initiate and sustain epigenetic change.

Cancer is uncontrolled growth of body cells. Despite advances in the medical sciences in the past 100 years, cancer still remains a major killer and a significant health problem across the globe. What causes cancer and how are some forms of cancer preventable? We will discuss the “hallmarks” of cancer and understand why it is such a life threatening disease. We will discuss different cancer types and how doctors identify cancer in order to treat them. We will learn new cancer treatments which are revolutionising the field of medicine. We will learn about the role of our DNA in cancer and identify different “models” of cancer to mimic the human disease and how these have been instrumental in identifying novel treatments by identifying novel “drug targets”. We will also provide thoughts on how to make more effective “dream” medicine for cancer.

Students' favourite moments at Cambridge Immerse Summer School

Exceptional teaching

We offer participants a choice of a range of subjects, from the arts to the sciences. All the subjects taught at Cambridge Immerse are taught by tutors who are current or previous members of Oxford University or Cambridge University, and have tutored undergraduate students. Our rigorous vetting process ensures that all students are taught by tutors who are engaging and supportive – and most of all, enthusiastic to share their expertise.

Our philosophy is that our participants should be challenged with interesting academic concepts; whilst our tutors create a welcoming and supportive environment in which our participants feel comfortable and thrive.

Participant Assessments

Throughout the programme, our tutors monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. After the programme, a Participant Assessment is written by the tutor, evaluating participant progress and also making recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant’s understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.

Extracurricular Activities

Cambridge Immerse provides a truly immersive experience of university life. Not only will you discover and further your academic interests, you will also delve into the exciting and often fascinating spectrum of cultural activities available in Cambridge. The opportunity to experience daily organised excursions also allows the chance to socialise with like-minded peers from a diverse range of backgrounds and to quickly familiarise yourself with the city.

Activities organised as part of the programme include:

  • A summer’s afternoon punting down the River Cam, a quintessential Cambridge affair.
  • A day trip to Oxford, the home of Cambridge University’s arch ‘rival’.
  • Formal dining in Cambridge’s famous medieval banquet halls.

Visit our activities page to view the full range of subjects that we offer.


The Cambridge Immerse schedule is packed with a wide range of unique academic and extracurricular activities.

Participants start off the day with breakfast in the main college dining hall, with a variety of continental and hot breakfast choices available. This is followed by the first academic session of the day, which takes place in a seminar or lecture format. Participants are then guided to lunch at some of Cambridge’s finest sandwich bars and cafés, and are welcome to explore the city in small groups. Following lunch, academic sessions continue in the format of small tutorial groups or workshops. After all the core academic sessions are finished, students are treated to one of a wide range of excursions and cultural activities, including punting, museum visits and sports activities. A three course dinner in the college dining hall is then followed by an evening social event to help participants wind down and socialise after a packed day.

The timetable shown to the side offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.

A typical day..

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08:00 - 09:30
09:30 - 11:30
Morning academic session
11:30 - 13:30
13:30 - 15:30
Afternoon academic session
16:00 - 18:00
Academic discussion / debate
18:00 - 19:15
19:30 - 22:00
Evening social event

Unrivalled support system

We place a huge emphasis on creating a supportive and approachable environment at Cambridge Immerse. Our mentors are a team of friendly, specially trained graduates and undergraduates from Cambridge University or Oxford University, who help our participants quickly settle into the programme. The mentors have first hand experience with a variety of academic and non-academic issues and are therefore in the best position to offer friendly, confidential one-to-one advice. It’s an unrivalled support network that we’re incredibly proud of.

Mentors have studied a range of disciplines, allowing them to share their own insights and experiences of their academic careers. Each participant is also assigned a mentor, all of whom are enthusiastic to help participants to help create a ‘home away from home’.


Cambridge Immerse takes place in one of Cambridge University’s most stunning and historic centrally located colleges, Queens’ College.

All participants will be accommodated in their own individual bedrooms or twin rooms, equipped with high speed internet access. Corridors or staircases separate male and female students, and bathrooms are en-suite or shared between just a few participants. The college site is secured and monitored at all times. Visit our ‘Campus’ page for further information.

Practical Information

Travel Information: The fee for Cambridge Immerse is not inclusive of travel to Cambridge. There are several transport options available, including arriving in Cambridge by rail, coach or flight. Please contact us if you need assistance planning your journey to Cambridge.

For international participants, we arrange a shared airport transfer service from London Heathrow Airport to Cambridge. Dedicated staff members meet the participants at the airport terminal of their arrival. Participants are able to book this service once they have secured their place on the programme.

Medical and Dietary Requirements: We are able to cater for most dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, nut allergies, halal, kosher); please do not hesitate to contact us if you are unsure if we can cater for your dietary requirements. Breakfast and evening meals are included in Cambridge Immerse, and participants are expected to make their own provisions for lunch at various delicious eateries around Cambridge.

Other information: Students must be aged between 16-18 at the time of attendance to Cambridge Immerse. Students are expected to be fluent / near-fluent in English.

Participate in 2018

Cambridge Immerse is a residential summer course consisting of outstanding academic classes, excellent skills workshops and exciting extracurricular activities in the historic university city of Cambridge. The Medicine & Biological Sciences programme for 13-15 year olds at Cambridge Immerse runs for the following 2 week session:

  • 5th August – 18th August 2018

We would be happy to assist you if you have any questions prior to booking your place. For the fastest response to your enquiry, please email:

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