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Duration

Four weeks, full time

Application Deadline

01 May 2020

Location

St George's, University of London

UK, EU and non-EU

(International) citizens may apply

Start dates

13 July 2020

The Frontiers in Human Health Summer School will provide you with an understanding of some of the world's major health challenges and how research can be applied to improve diagnosis and treatment. The course content has been developed to cover multiple aspects of the field and allows for a broad overview.

Programme highlights

Learn in a unique teaching hospital campus

With a strong emphasis on research-informed teaching, this programme is intended to provide you with opportunities to gain insight into multiple aspects of the research experience. By learning first-hand from our researchers you will hear from specialists in the field and have the opportunity to complete your own short structured research project.

Environment

Being the UK's only university to share its campus with a major teaching hospital means you will be learning in a unique environment.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to experience education at one of the oldest medical schools in the country alongside one of the UK's busiest hospitals, whilst staying in one of the most socially and culturally diverse cities in the world.

A group of students outside Tooting underground station.

Living in London

We will make sure you get the most out of studying here and living in London. As part of the programme, you will have the opportunity to take part in the social activities we organise.

You will be able to stay in our halls of residence, close to the university campus and central London (fees for this are additional).

See the full social schedule and accommodation information.

Our four-week summer school programme offers you the opportunity to explore in-depth global health topics and conduct your own research while based here in London.

The summer school runs from 13 July – 7 August 2020.

The summer school is a University Level 6 module worth 15 credits (3–4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS credits). It will help you understand some of the world’s major health challenges and how we can use research to improve diagnosis and treatment.

It is also possible to study as a non-credit baring course (please indicate this on the application form).

Course content

  • Introduction to anatomy and dissection.

  • Global health challenges.

  • Immunology and infections (eg tuberculosis, malaria, HIV).

  • Non-communicable diseases (eg cardiovascular, cancer).

  • Antimicrobial resistance.

  • Public Health.

  • The application of ‘big data’ in research.

  • ‘Omic’ technologies and their application.

  • The relevance of public engagement with research.

Course delivery

  • Direct contact via lectures and seminars (25 hours), and interactive workshops and tutorials (20 hours).

  • Short structured research project with supporting tutorials (20 hours).

  • Self-directed study and analysis (50 hours).

  • Preparation for examination, and preparation of structured research project presentation and write-up (150 hours).

"I would recommend this to a friend if they are not sure about what they want to do after an undergraduate or master's degree. This course is very good because it covers a wide range of topics and also includes a mini research project".

- Emily Hill , Summer School student 2019 -
A student using a microscope.

Follow in the footsteps of our alumni

Henry Gray

Learn anatomy at the home of Henry Gray who studied at here in 1827 and wrote the esteemed medical textbook Grays Anatomy, now in its 41st edition.

Edward Jenner

See the hide of Blossom the Cow, St George’s alumnus Edward Jenner’s test subject for his smallpox vaccine, on display in our Library.

Patrick Steptoe

Discover the work of Patrick Steptoe, a student here in 1930, who pioneered in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment.

Hannah Valentine

After graduating from St George’s in 1973, Professor Valentine joined the National Institute for Health in Washington DC as its first Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity.

Online examination (60 per cent of the overall mark)

You will take an online exam which will consist of a set of compulsory ten ‘single best answer’ questions, two short answer questions from a choice of three and two long answer questions  from a choice of six.

Project report (40 per cent of the overall mark)

You will produce a project report which should be maximum of 1500 words excluding references, tables, figures and figure legends.

A typical day

Classes take place Monday to Friday.

A sample timetable in a teaching week might be:

  • 10:00–12:00: seminars

  • 12:00–13:00: lunch

  • 13:00–15:00: interactive group work

  • 15:00–16:00: personal study

  • Evening: social activity, ie museum, gallery or restaurant.

A student reading a book in the library.

Living and learning at St George’s

We share our campus with a teaching hospital, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, so from day one you are immersed in a professional environment which will provide you with valuable insight for your future career and interests.

In addition to this, central London is on our doorstep – one of the most exciting and culturally diverse cities in the world.

You will also have an opportunity to take part in organised activities and trips in and around London, as part of our social programme.

Social programme

You will be able to pick and choose from a number of social events organised especially for summer school participants, such as walking tours, restaurant and museum visits.

Social activities will start on Sunday 13 July with a walking orientation event. Planned activities are listed below. Please note this list is not exhaustive, and activities are subject to change.

A group of Summer School students in the Student Union.

Social schedule

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Week 1: 13 to 17 July

  • St George’s Path Orientation Trail.

  • Welcome evening social.

  • Curry night in Tooting.

  • Visit to Borough Market and drink at The Shard.

Week 2: 20 to 24 July

  • Afternoon tea at a London hotel.

  • Museum visit to The Welcome Collection.

  • London by night bus tour.

  • Traditional British pub lunch.

Week 3: 27 to 31 July

  • Saturday full day trip to Science and Natural History museums.

  • Sunday full day trip to Tooting Lido.

Week 4: 3 to 7 August

  • Sky Garden visit.

  • Farewell celebration event.

Studying in London

If you want to take in a West End show, sample international cuisine, dance all night or just enjoy a quiet drink with friends, then London has all of this and more.

Our south west London location in Tooting offers you the best of both worlds – it is small enough to maintain a friendly, local atmosphere, but it is close enough to all the attractions of central London.

Tooting has excellent public transport links, with two underground (tube) stations and one train station, as well as multiple bus routes. This includes two buses that run throughout the night, offering direct access to and from central London.

St George’s is five minutes from Tooting Broadway tube station, and central London and all its attractions are just 25 minutes away.

Students walking around Tooting.

Local London: all about Tooting

Tooting is a bustling area to live and study in. Famous for its budget-priced South Asian restaurants, independent pubs and bars and huge open-air swimming pool, it has excellent transport links into central London but is also next door to the leafy, lush commons of Wimbledon.

Tooting facts

  • Brad Pitt counts as one of its visitors and filmed sequences from the film “Snatch” in Tooting.

  • The current London Mayor – Sadiq Khan was born at St George’s Hospital and went on to become MP for Tooting.

  • There are more than 15 places of worship in Tooting, servicing four major religions.

  • Jimi Hendrix, The Police, The Rolling Stones and Jerry Lee Lewis have all performed at Tooting Granada (now Gala Bingo).

  • Merton Abbey Mills, a short bus ride away, is host to Abbeyfest, a summer festival of theatre, music and comedy.

  • Tooting has existed as a settlement since pre-Saxon times, and its unusual name means ‘the dwelling of the sons of ‘Totas’.

For the duration of the summer school you can choose to live in Horton Halls, our halls of residence, which is a 15-minute walk from the University campus. Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom, and you will have shared use of a kitchen and common room.

  • Standard room (single): £168 per week.

  • Premium room (double): £178 per week.

We offer a 10% discount to St George’s alumni and groups of four or more students from the same institution.

Accommodation costs are in addition to the tuition fee, and you have the option of sourcing alternative accommodation elsewhere. You will also need to consider additional costs for living expenses and optional social activities.

Explore Horton Halls.

To submit your application download, complete and return the application form to Summer School by Monday 1 May 2020.

As part of the application form you will need to attach copies of the following documents:

  • a copy of the application form with all required fields completed

  • scanned proof of English language ability (non-native English speakers only)

  • scanned transcripts of relevant module or degree certificate.

To speed up the assessment of your application, please check that you have:

  • completed all sections of the application form

  • uploaded all the requested information including scanned copies of your documents

  • supplied correct referee details

  • read our terms and conditions on the application form.

Download the application form (PDF).

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Visa information

The Summer School welcomes students from all over the world.  If you are from outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland and do not already hold immigration permission which permits study in the UK, you should apply for the Short-Term Study Visa to attend the Summer School. 

Read more about short-term study visas.

Eligibility

The programme is open to undergraduate students and recent graduates of a biology-related degree. Students are expected to have passed at least one degree-level biology module, and international students are required to have an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing).

Students without an IELTS score of 6.5 are welcome to attend the Summers School and are able to take part in the examination, however they will not receive the module credits.

Fees and funding

  • Tuition fee: £2500.

  • Early Bird: £2250 (January to 1 March 2020).

Scholarship opportunities

All applicants are invited to apply for a scholarship. For 2019/20 entry, we are offering two partial awards of 50% of the tuition fees.

To be considered for the Summer School scholarship, please explain why you are applying for the Frontiers in Human Health Summer School programme in your course application form, highlighting your studies, previous experience and what you hope to gain from attending (no more than 500 words).

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Duration

Four weeks, full time

Application Deadline

01 May 2020

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