• What will I learn?
  • Who will I be taught by?
  • Who is this course for?
  • What can I do after?
  • From decision-making, to the science of memory, to how gender stereotypes impact our interactions, our Psychology course will expand your critical thinking and give you the chance to discuss key issues and theories in the modern-day study of Psychology. You’ll also look at the practical side of experimental methodology and the handling of data. You will leave equipped with the tools you need to be successful in studying psychology, or any social science, at a higher level.

    This course will introduce you to university-level approaches to the study of Psychology. This year’s course will focus on developmental disorders (especially autism) and the biological aspects of psychology and mental health.

    One of our 2016 tutors focused on social psychology and discussed psychological disorders and psychopathology, as well as elements of social psychology and developmental psychology

  • 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 your the area of 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 You may even have the opportunity to learn about your tutor’s original, unpublished research.

    Alex, one of our tutors this year, is completing his PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. He has a Bachelor’s in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford and a Master’s in the Psychology of Mental Health from the University of Edinburgh. His current focus is in the area of developmental disorders and linguistics.

    Heidi, one of our 2016 tutors, is completing her PhD in Psychology at the University of Cambridge, working at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. Her research focuses on the psychology and neuroscience of language.

  • This course is ideal  for students considering studying Psychology or any biological or social-science related subjects at university, and teaches a method of thought and research that is beneficial to all disciplines.

    You might also be interested in our Molecular Medicine or Human and Animal Behaviour courses.

  • Our students go on to studying Psychology and other related subjects, either at universities across the UK, or abroad, including in the US. Previous Psychology alumni have gone on to study at destinations such as Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and Durham University in the UK.

  • What are the requirements for applying to 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 do not expect students to have studied Psychology before, but you should be interested in how the human mind works and keen to get to grips with some data.

    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 Psychology at OISS


Students doing Psychology at OISS benefit from a combination of small group and one-to-one tutorials, assessed work and individual research. Below is an example of a typical day at the Summer School, to give you an idea of the challenging variety that we offer our students.


 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 Lily. We have been introduced to various areas of psychology, including cognitive, developmental, and social psychology. Today we discuss a social psychology experiment and the ethics involved.
 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 cool mixed salad from the Covered Market. We then head to Radcliffe Square to sit outside the Radcliffe Camera (or ‘RadCam’ to locals) and take in the amazing architecture.
 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 ethical studies - it’s really interesting to think about the methodology involved in experiments.
 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   We head out to a local Italian restaurant for dinner - a change from the food in the accommodation, and a chance to see more of Oxford in the evening
 1900   Time for my seminar on Current Affairs. Everyone at the Summer School gets to pick a seminar series to take part in and I chose this one because I love watching the news and learning more about the world.They’re always a great opportunity to learn more and debate contemporary issues.
 2100   After popping back to my room to drop off my stuff, I head to the common room to watch a movie with everyone.
 2300   Go back to my room and fall asleep straightaway - ready for another packed day tomorrow!