Overview of course
- July 9th 2017 – July 22nd 2017
- July 23rd 2017 – August 5th 2017
- August 6th 2017 – August 19th 2017
- Residential in a central University of Cambridge college
- Classes designed and taught by University tutors
- A variety of carefully planned skills workshops
- 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 course 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 considering studying Medicine at university level. As well as introducing students to topics explored at the undergraduate level, the course introduces students to more advanced topics and debates that will not only spur intellectual curiosity, but assist in preparing to study Medicine at leading universities.
Academic Content & Learning Objectives
Cambridge Immerse introduces students to the world of undergraduate medicine, giving them an unrivalled insight into what to expect if they choose to study medicine at university. Our aim is to help students develop an in-depth 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.
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.
The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is an admissions test for applicants to Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Biomedical Science and Dentistry courses at certain universities.
As well as being an entry requirement, BMAT gives you the chance to stand out from the crowd and show your potential to succeed on a demanding science-based university course.
We offer a BMAT workshop taught by teachers who have scored highly in the BMAT examination and have been through the UCAS process. We understand the demands and challenges, and are able to impart our knowledge and insight to help you best prepare for the test.
We will also offer a UKCAT workshop.
This workshop is optional but included in the programme fee.
Practical laboratory experience
An example of laboratory experience in previous Cambridge Immerse Medicine programmes: Hands-on lab experience: in the hunt for the 5th base of DNA
For one whole day you will play the part of a stern-looking, goggle-wearing scientist with a white lab coat on the verge of making a significant discovery! Your mission will be to find the so-called 5th base of DNA (i.e. methylcytosine – or 5mC ) at a specific region of the human genome. Altered levels of 5mC at this region have been found in a number of cancers and growth disorders, with key roles in causing these diseases. In the lab, you will:
- Extract DNA
- Perform a COBRA assay (this bears no relation to the COBRA snake!….it stands for Combined Bisulfite Restriction Analysis…);
- Evaluate the results from COBRA; 4. Identify the genomic region under analysis through bioinformatic analysis in silico
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 current or past tutors of Cambridge University or Oxford University. 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.
You will be encouraged to delve into and explore the current debates and issues within your chosen discipline in carefully planned tutorials that emulate the unique Oxbridge system of tutor-student engagement and debate. This is an approach that goes beyond the superficial and provides unique insights that are both refreshing and intellectually stimulating.
What is certain is that you will emerge undoubtedly far more confident and knowledgeable in your chosen discipline, tackling challenging yet interesting topics that we hope will further your academic passions. Students can now opt to study up to two subjects during the programme. Subjects that we offer include:
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.
Interview Skills Workshops (Optional)
Within our carefully designed interview skills workshops, students will gain an insight into the core skills required to successfully articulate their viewpoints in a pressured environment. These workshops focus upon developing the confidence and intellectual tenacity required to tackle some of the key questions that might be asked during interview, in addition to addressing debates surrounding some of the most pertinent issues within the discipline at the moment. The Interview Skills workshops are included within the programme fee, though attendance is optional.
Personal Statement Consultations (Optional)
Over the duration of the Cambridge Immerse course, students will have the opportunity to develop drafts of their personal statements required for access to universities across the world with the expertise and assistance of highly regarded tutors. Students learn techniques to concisely express their interest in a particular discipline, crafting a compelling personal statement that showcases achievements and interest in a subject. The Personal Statement consultations are included within the programme fee, though attendance is optional.
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.
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, 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, at a ratio of six students to one mentor, all of whom are enthusiastic to help participants to help create a ‘home away from home’.
Cambridge Immerse takes place in Cambridge University’s most stunning and historic centrally located colleges. To find out which college you will be accommodated in, contact us.
All participants will be accommodated in their own individual bedrooms, 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.
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 in 2017. Students are expected to be fluent / near-fluent in English.
Participate in 2017
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. Cambridge Immerse runs in the following 2 week sessions:
- Early July Session: 9th July - 22nd July 2017
- Session 1: 23rd July – 5th August 2017
- Session 2: 6th August – 19th August 2017
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:
Take a look at what our students have to say about the Medicine programme
Attending Cambridge Immerse has taught me invaluable lessons that go beyond the framework of classroom learning. I feel that after two weeks I have developed both intellectually and as a person in general, a result of the rapid pace of teaching and the fantastically motivated group of peers I learned alongside. – Sophie, United Kingdom