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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


Because of the impact worldwide of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2020 International Summer Programmes have been replaced by the Virtual Summer Festival of Learning

This course is part of the Science Summer Programme Term II 2020.

To apply for this course, please enrol on the programme above, and then select the courses you wish to study. For more information about Summer Programmes please visit our Summer Programmes Page.

Starting with a history of herbal medicine, we will examine some of the many modern drugs that are derived from plant compounds such as the alkaloids, essential oils, coumarins and mucilage. From the mode of action of morphine and cocaine to the uses of menthol in aromatherapy, mucilage in skin creams and the origin of warfarin (anti-clotting drug). Includes a visit to the Cambridge University Botanic Garden (1.7km, c. 25 mins walk or c.20 mins bus).


Course dates

26 Jul 2020 to 01 Aug 2020

Course duration

1 week

Apply by

06 Jul 2020

Course director

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


International Summer Programmes
Sidgwick Site
United Kingdom
01223 760850

Qualifications / Credits


Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

Course code