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Four weeks, full time

Application Deadline

7 June 2021 | 30 April 2021 for scholarship funding and early bird discount


St George's, University of London

UK, EU and non-EU

(International) citizens may apply

Start dates

12 July 2021

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

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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.


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.

Living in London

As part of the programme you will have the opportunity to take part in social activities, such as afternoon tea and trips to attractions across London.

See the full social schedule.

Fees and funding

  • Tuition fee: £2500.

There is an early bird discount worth 10% off the tuition fee cost, if applying by 30 April 2021. Current St George’s students will also receive 10% off the tuition fee cost whenever they apply.

Accommodation fees are not included in the tuition price. Please view our accommodation information page for more information about Horton Halls, St George’s halls of residence.

Scholarship opportunities

This year St George’s is offering scholarships to two outstanding summer school applicants. Each scholarship covers the full value of the course tuition fee. The scholarships will be awarded to one UK-domiciled applicant and one non-UK domiciled applicant who best fulfill the eligibility requirements.

Scholarship candidates will be shortlisted based on their supplied CV, academic reference and scholarship statement. Interviews will be conducted after the scholarship deadline.

  • Scholarship application deadline: 30 April 2021

  • Early bird discount deadline: 30 April 2021

  • Final application deadline: 7 June 2021

See the full social schedule and accommodation information.

If you have any questions about the summer school, get in touch with the course team at

Important information

St George's, University of London is closely monitoring the current Covid-19 situation within the UK and worldwide. Although we remain positive about running the Frontiers in Human Health Summer School this year, applicants and offer holders will be informed of any programme changes or cancellation no later than 17:00 (GMT) on Tuesday 4 May 2021, unless HM Government guidance issued after 4 May 2021 requires us to change or cancel the programme.

“One of the best experiences I have had academically. It was challenging and enjoyable at the same time. I felt supported all the way through.”

- 2018 Summer School student

“The teaching and lectures were of a very high quality. The lecturers were very passionate about their subject areas. It was a unique and amazing experience to learn and study at St George’s.”

- 2019 Summer School student

“I enjoyed the lab work and the process of doing the experiment, presenting and writing a report. I also enjoyed the variety of lectures presented. The summer school broadened my perspective on how varied the field of human health and disease is.”

- 2018 Summer School student

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 school will run from 12 July until 6 August 2021.

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 bearing course (please indicate this on the application form).

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Course content

  • Introduction to anatomy and dissection.

  • Global health challenges.

  • Immunology and infections (eg Covid-19, 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.

  • Visits to St George’s facilities including research labs, dissection room, Pathology Museum, archive and image resource facilities.

  • Careers development advice sessions.

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

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.

You will be assessed via:

  • Online written exam (60 percent of the overall mark)

  • Mini-Research project report (40 per cent of the overall mark)

A student reading a book in the library.

Our social programme allows students to get to know their peers and academics, in the heart of London. The variety of events is catered to all budgets and allows students to experience the best cultural experience. Social activities will be confirmed before the start of the summer school and may be subject to change.

Social schedule

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Week 1

  • Sunday 11 July 2pm: St George's Path - Orientation Trail

  • Monday 12 July 4pm: Welcome Social

  • Thursday 15 July 7pm: Sample a curry in Tooting (cost: approx. £15 for starter and main course)  

  • Friday 16 July 5pm: Up the Shard (cost: free, drinks and food extra). Walk around Borough Market, sample a drink at the Shard and finish with a walk around London Bridge City with views of HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge

  • Saturday 17 July 10am: Day at Greenwich and boat trip in the Thames (cost: approx. £15, drinks and food extra). Visit the famous Cutty Sark, go to the Maritime Museum, do not miss Greenwich Market, picture yourself at the Prime Meridian and enjoy a boat trip in the Thames while learning a bit of London’s history.

Week 2

  • Sunday 18 July 10am: Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath with London Hop-on-Hop-off Tour (cost: approx. £112, drinks and food extra).

  • Thursday 22 July 7pm: Jack the Ripper Walk (cost: £10).

  • Saturday 24 July 11am: Reach for the sky! (cost: free, drinks and food extra). Visit a gothic old church and shop at One New Change including a Roof Terrace overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral.

  • Saturday 24 July 3pm: Quintessentially British Afternoon Tea (cost: approx. £39).

Week 3

  • Sunday 25 July 10am: Buckingham Palace and picnic at Hyde park. Watch the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, enjoy London green areas and have a picnic at Hyde Park (weather dependent) (cost: free, drinks and food extra).

  • Tuesday 27 July 9:30am: English brunch with the Course Team

  • Date TBC: Wellcome Collection (cost: free, drinks and food extra).

  • Sunday 1 August 10am: Fancy a swim? Tooting Lido and pub lunch (weather dependent) (cost: £5.40 + approx. £20 for lunch)

  • Date TBC 6pm: Old operating Theatre museum

  • Friday 6 August 12pm: Farewell social

“I attended most of the social events and all of them were brilliant. I enjoyed visiting the Wellcome Collection and the afternoon tea.”

- 2018 Summer School student

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.

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.

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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’.

Students walking around Tooting.

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): £172 per week.

  • Premium room (double): £182 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.

“Horton Halls was an amazing experience to share with schoolmates. Very safe and clean. ”

- 2018 Summer School student

Apply now

To apply to the 2021 Frontiers in Human Health Summer School, please download, save and complete the PDF application form.

Please ensure that the application form is completed and sent to no later than 7 June 2021 (30 April 2021 applying for scholarship funding and early bird discount).

Visa information

If you reside outside the UK, you may need a Standard Visitor visa to enter the UK and take part in the summer school . Please refer to our Standard Visitor Visa page for more information, including how and when to apply.  If you have any questions about applying for a Standard Visitor Visa, please contact the International Advising Team


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.

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Four weeks, full time

Application Deadline

7 June 2021 | 30 April 2021 for scholarship funding and early bird discount

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