Science Summer School
Term I: 5 – 18 July 2015
Term II: 19 July – 1 August 2015
Programme Directors: Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright,
Dr Corinne Duhig FSA, Dr Hugh Hunt and Dr James Grime
We draw on the expertise of senior academics at Cambridge, to offer courses in a variety of scientific fields. The Summer School is suitable for undergraduates and graduates in sciences, as well as teachers and other professionals. The programme also welcomes those with a strong interest, but with little formal science training.
Who can apply?
Programmes are open to university students, professionals and those with other life experience; gap-year students preparing for university may also apply (students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian if under 18 when the programme commences). Participants must also meet our language requirements.
How to apply
Applications for 2015 will open in December 2014 when the new programmes go live.
For more information about other Summer School programmes please visit:
- One special subject course per week
- Plenary course P01:
- Practical sessions
- Evening talks
Special subject courses
Each course meets five times. You may choose to follow a particular track by selecting courses in related subject fields, but an interdisciplinary approach is also encouraged.
Week 1: 11.15am – 12.45pm
P02 - Evolution evidence
P03 - Introduction to social psychology
P04- The wonderful world of problem solving
P05 - Volcanic eruptions
Week 2: 11.15am – 12.45pm
P06 - Forensic archaeology and anthropology: an introduction
P07 - An introduction to animal behaviour
P08 - Autism: a modern epidemic?
P09 - How does your immune system work?
Week 3: 11.15am – 12.45pm
P10 - Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases
P11 - Can we geoengineer the climate?
P12 - Introduction to data science
P13 - Colourful physics: nature's paintbrush
Week 4: 11.15am – 12.45pm
P14 - Codes, ciphers and secrets: an introduction to cryptography
P15 - Memory: psychological and neurobiological perspectives
P16 - Today's universe
P17 - Early stage drug discovery
All participants are registered for a course of plenary lectures entitled Curiosity. Lectures focus both on the present and past limits of current knowledge, and how the quest for knowledge has been driven by the need to find solutions to difficult questions posed by hunger, disease, conflict, and climate change.
Materials Science, ecological, geological and mathematical ‘trails’ are amongst the practical sessions planned, along with visits to institutes and laboratories in Cambridge.
In 2014,Term I practicals included: An ecology trail in the University Botanic Garden, a geology trail and a zoology practical session.
Term II practicals included: A botany trail in the University Botanic Garden, a mathematics practical and an astronomy site session.
These lectures provide introductions to additional aspects of science.
Accommodation is available for participants who want to stay in a Cambridge College. Please see the accommodation options available for this programme.
Non-residential attendance is also available if participants prefer to find their own lodgings.
Programme fees include tuition, bed, breakfast and evening meals unless otherwise indicated.
2014 brochure as a PDF (5.31MB)
University of Cambridge
Institute of Continuing Education
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 760850
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 760848
Teaching and assessment is in English. Students for whom English is not their first language should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.
Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Summer Schools brochure download page.
Term I: 5 July 2015
Term II: 19 July 2015
Term I: 18 July 2015
Term II: 1 August 2015
Term I: 22 June 2015
Term II: 6 July 2015
2 or 4 weeks
1 week options available
International Summer Schools
View the available options (PDF file)
Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright
Dr Corinne Duhig FSA
Dr Hugh Hunt
Dr James Grime