Programme dates: Monday 12 July – Friday 23 July 2021

Course format: Online course

Teaching language: English (please see our language requirements below))

Study / time commitment: 10 days, Monday – Friday, live 13:00 – 17:00 UK time

Costs: Early bird fee by 4 June 2021 - £ 750 / after 4 June - £ 900

Application deadline: 7 July 2021

Poster for online course - Diseases of the 21st Century

About the course

This is a fascinating programme for students interested in applying for (or recently enrolled in) medical school or in carrying out biomedical research at UK or international universities.

Leading academics from the University of Oxford will show how fundamental research can be applied to push forward healthcare, using biochemical and genetic technologies in drug and vaccine design and diagnostics. We will focus on diseases which have been identified as major pathologies in the current century.

Infectious diseases:

  • Covid-19
  • Tuberculosis

Metabolic diseases:

  • Diabetes
  • Atherosclerosis

Lectures will cover fundamental research, translational research in medicine, pathophysiology, and ethical/social aspects of healthcare. Students can choose a specific topic within these areas to focus on in more depth.

They will also gain experience in assessing evidence from clinical trials and the management of risk in medicine.


Benefits / Outcomes

Participating in the course will allow you to:

  • Learn about cutting-edge research conducted at Oxford University and elsewhere
  • Gain practical experience in discussing and interpreting research papers
  • Understand the processes involved in developing and testing drugs and vaccines
  • Understand the role of medical ethics, and social inequalities in health outcomes

Programme structure / Teaching methods

This is an intensive full-time course that will give students an unforgettable experience of learning in a similar way to Oxford University undergraduates. The programme consists of 10 teaching days of stimulating lectures and small teaching group work with their academic tutors that is based on the famous Oxford tutorial system.

It is important to note that it will be a live, real time online course with teaching delivered between 13:00 – 17:00 UK time. All teaching sessions will be live, giving students the opportunity to interact with each other and fully engage with the course lecturers. Students will be also expected to do additional work and reading in their own time between live sessions.

Teaching Faculty

The programme is taught by leading academics from the University of Oxford and collaborating world-class institutions. All faculty members have considerable research and teaching experience. They are professionally well-connected in their fields and participate in our course with great enthusiasm. Some of the teachers will be as follows:

  • Professor David Harris, D. Phil, Emeritus Fellow in Biochemistry, St Anne’s College
  • Dr Carol Lole-Harris, Chief Medical Advisor, FJRE and Lecturer at St Anne’s College
  • Dr Benjamin Harris, Oncologist and founder of SmashMedicine educational platform.

Requirements / Is the course right for you?

This programme is open for undergraduate and postgraduate students who want to gain knowledge about cutting-edge medical research at the University of Oxford and learn how best to prepare for further medical studies at world class research universities. We will consider students in the following categories.

  • Undergraduates after 1st year, or 2nd year US students
  • Entry level postgraduates

There are no formal entry requirements or restrictions on which subject you are currently studying. However, it is an intensive programme that is aimed at undergraduates who have completed one or two years of their degree or entry level postgraduate students.

We will consider applicant’s academic ability and expect them to have as a minimum GPA 3.2 out of the 4.0 grading scale, or 80 out of the 100 grading scale.

To fully participate in the course all students will need to have proficiency in English to the following standards:

English language requirements for non-native English speaking students: Overall TOEFL score of 85; or IELTS score of 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in each component); or CET-4 at 550 or CET-6 at 520.

How to apply

Please read the instructions below and the LMH Summer Programmes Terms & Conditions before completing this application. By submitting your application you will accept the LMH Summer Programmes Terms & Conditions.

Application process:

1. Please complete the Application Form.

2. Pay the course fees through our online store.

3. Once we have received your application form and confirmation of payment from the Oxford University store, we will contact you via email to confirm your place on the course, and provide you with the joining instructions.


LMH will store your personal data in line with current data protection legislation and will contact you via email or phone to process your application in relation to the LMH Summer Programme 2021. LMH will not share or distribute your personal data for other purposes than related to your application to and attendance in the LMH Summer Programme 2021.


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