• What will I learn?
  • Who will I be taught by?
  • Who is this course for?
  • What can I do after?
  • Our Molecular Medicine course provides a fascinating insight into key topics such as cell biology and the workings of the immune system, including case studies of diseases and their treatments.. You’ll also learn about current developments and techniques in biomedical research, gaining the analytical skills necessary for undergraduate study.

    This year our Molecular Medicine students will have the chance to explore a wide range of topics from molecular and cell biology in the context of neuroscience. Our tutors will focus on real-life applications and the most recent developments in those areas.

    In 2016, our tutors explored the topics of genetics and epigenetics in the context of regenerative medicine, received an introduction to cancer biology and cell biology and the development of cancer treatment.

  • All our tutors are current Oxford and/or Cambridge PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. You will have the opportunity to learn about their look at original research and our tutors will take you beyond your school curriculum to investigate their subject at a higher level - this is great preparation for university/college study! You may even have the opportunity to learn about your tutor’s original, unpublished research.

    Mo, one of our 2017 tutors, is currently a PhD student in Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge, having previously graduated with a degree in Biomedical Sciences from King’s College, London. He is a cellular neurobiologist and works in a number of fields, focusing on cell biology and neuroscience.

    Kristie, one of our 2016 tutors, studied Biochemistry at the University of Glasgow before moving on to do a PhD in Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at the University of Oxford. She is currently investigating the molecular mechanisms governing prostate cancer progression.

    Antonio, who has been tutoring with us since 2015, is completing his PhD in Cardiovascular Sciences at the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics in Oxford.

  • This course is ideal for students interested in studying Medicine, Biology or Biochemistry at university, or who simply want to explore science beyond the standard school curriculum. To support our students who aspire to the medical profession, we also run a Life as a Junior Doctor seminar series. These sessions give students the opportunity to explore the joys (and challenges!) of a career in medicine.

    You may also be interested in our Human and Animal Biology or Psychology courses

  • Our students go on to studying a wide range of subjects at undergraduate level, including Medicine and related courses, at universities across the UK, as well as those abroad, including in the US.

  • What are the requirements for this course?

    As an academic summer school, we invite all students to complete a short application form and short interview with one of our staff before booking. We recommend students have a foundation in studying the biological sciences, and some chemistry is useful, but any specialised reading will be provided for you.

    English Language requirements: all students need to be able to engage with the course material, which normally means a level of English equivalent to an IELTS score of 5.5 and above, or B2 in the Common European Framework. Don't worry if you don't have a formal qualification - when you chat to one of the team they'll be able to assess your level and answer any questions you may have.

    Not sure about which course is the best for you? Our friendly team is here to help – contact us and we will help you choose the subject that is best suited to your needs.

Studying Molecular Medicine at OISS


 0800   Wake up and go down to breakfast with my friends from my staircase. Have some toast and cereal to start the day, and grab a piece of fruit for a snack later.
 0915   Go to my small group tutorial with our tutor Antonio. Antonio is currently studying for a DPhil in Cardiovascular Sciences and has been amazing at showing us how we can apply our knowledge to more complex and specific questions. Today we are discussing a paper on how genetic factors impact heart defects in preparation for an essay we have to write.
 1100   We have some free time before lunch so me and my friends drop by our rooms to put our books away before we head to a nearby sandwich shop to grab lunch - a smoked salmon and avocado baguette - delicious! We then head to the University Parks to relax in the sun and chat about our trip to Cambridge tomorrow.
 1300   I’m back in the accommodation now for my Independent Research Time. I pick up my notes from the tutorial and start planning my essay on congenital heart defects that’s due on Friday. Since we’ll be in Cambridge all day tomorrow I want to get most of it done today.
 1500   I meet up with the ACs and other students for a Drama Workshop. I do some drama at school and it’s been really fun getting to do more with students from around the world.
 1800   I head back to the accommodation for a yummy fish and chips dinner and catch up with everyone about what they’ve been up to. We also hear from two of the ACs, Ella and Alex about the Cambridge trip tomorrow and what we’ll be getting up to - really exciting!
 1900   Time for my seminar on Life as a Junior Doctor. Everyone at the Summer School gets to pick a seminar series to take part in and since I’m interested in medicine as a career I went for this. We get to hear about life at medical school in the UK and even get to practice using a stethoscope!
 2100   After popping back to my room to change into my gym kit, I meet a bunch of my friends for a Zumba class. It’s really fun and a great way to end the day.
 2200   I jump in the shower to rinse off before hanging out with my friends before bed.
 2300   Everyone’s gone and I finally get to bed - ready for another packed day tomorrow!