Gain an exceptional introduction into Medicine in Cambridge University colleges

Prepare for your future on the Immerse™ Medicine programme. Learn alongside peers from around the world, thrive through one-on-one tutorials from expert university tutors, and immerse yourself in university life in Cambridge.

Welcoming ambitious and motivated students from around the world.

13-15 years July 2020 / August 2020 Expert, qualified university tutors 2 Weeks One-to-one tuition Residential in Cambridge University colleges

Medicine Summer School in Cambridge

The Medicine summer school programme for 13-15 year olds is expertly designed to blend practical knowledge and theory. The curriculum focuses not only on teaching key theories within medicine, but on developing the key skills you will require in medical studies and professions – including being a doctor, and a researcher.

The medical school programme is fun as well as challenging – a series of dissections will show you how internal systems function and interact, allowing you to apply the theory that you’ve learnt.

You will complete the medical school programme having expanded your knowledge and skills in anatomy, biology, and more!


Learn directly from expert academics from world class universities

You will explore novel concepts and share ideas in small groups of like minded and ambitious peers from around the world. In small class sizes averaging 7 students, you will be guided by expert tutors who have honed their expertise through teaching undergraduate students at world-class universities, including the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Harvard.

Our rigorous vetting process ensures that all participants are taught by educators who are engaging and supportive – and most of all, enthusiastic to share their expertise to ensure our summer school teaching is of the highest quality. Immerse™ is an unrivalled academic experience.

It was such an incredible experience to be able to learn directly from a Cambridge University tutor. He knew so much about his subject, but was able to teach me advanced topics in a way that was really easy to understand.
- Jessica, 2019 Participant


Challenge yourself in one-to-one tutorials with expert academics.

In addition to small class sizes, you will benefit from one-to-one tutorials with your expert university tutor on a weekly basis.

The tutorial system is a highly regarded method of university teaching used at universities such as Cambridge University and Oxford University. This teaching technique is supportive, academically challenging and rigorous. During a tutorial, you will learn to orally communicate, defend, analyse, and critique ideas in conversations with the tutor.

Immerse is an academic programme, unlike a summer ‘camp’. Immerse’s programmes are known for their academic rigour. You’ll develop the advanced study skills that you need to get ahead.

The individualised attention was something that I was incredibly pleased with. It really helped me to delve into my area of interest, and to learn far more about the subject than I could have on my own. It's built up my confidence, and I'm now sure that I want to advance my interest to university level.
- Thomas, 2018 Participant


Receive a certified and personalised Participant Evaluation

A tangible and highly valued takeaway from the Immerse academic programmes is the written participant feedback that our expert tutors write for each of their students. Through careful observation and support throughout the programme, your tutor will identify your key strengths, and be able to write recommendations as to how you can further your interest outside of Immerse.

This is an incredibly useful insight into your performance during the programme and provides recommendations as to how you can develop your understanding of your chosen subject beyond the summer school.

The Participant Evaluation I received was so helpful. It was great to know that my tutor had taken into account my interests throughout Immerse, and was able to recommend me fascinating books and interesting articles to expand my knowledge.
- Jeremy, 2019 Participant


Boost your confidence and develop your skills in workshops and practicals

Our workshops are geared towards unlocking participants’ potential, giving them the tools to prepare for the next steps of their education, and future goals. Build upon existing study skills to support future university-level learning.

These workshops explore a diverse and enriching range of topics – past examples have ranged from ‘Productivity tips’ to ’21st Century Technology Skills’, we’re sure that you’ll learn something completely new. Unlike traditional schools, Immerse will give you the opportunity to learn beyond the traditional curriculum.

The workshop on productivity skills was one of the most fascinating talks that I went to in Cambridge. I hadn't anticipated that I'd take away some skills that I still put into practice today.
- James, 2018 Participant
My favourite activity was punting. Cambridge is such a beautiful and historic city, and it was amazing to be able to learn all about the different colleges whilst seeing them from a unique angle.
- Rebecca, 2019 Participant

Experience punting down the River Cam on a summer’s day

Punting is a truly timeless, slightly eccentric, quintessentially Cambridge, idyllic pleasure. Participants will spend the afternoon drifting down the River Cam, passing along the world famous Cambridge College Backs from the comfort of a traditional Cambridge Punt. King’s College Chapel, The Wren Library at Trinity College, and the Bridge of Sighs, are just some of the famous Cambridge landmarks you can expect to see during this chauffeured punt tour.

The range of guest speakers meant that I was able to explore outside of my chosen programme. I also heard inspirational talks from world travellers and ex-Olympians that were all nothing short of motivational.
- Andre, 2018 Participant

Be inspired by eminent guest speakers

Each year we are delighted to welcome a diverse range of eminent speakers as part of our guest speaker series. Academics, politicians, sports personalities, industry experts, are each able to provide a fascinating insight into each of their respective careers – providing you with ample inspiration to satisfy the most ambitious of students.

The weekends were so much fun. One of the highlights was exploring Oxford University and seeing the similarities and differences to Cambridge.
- Jessica, 2019 Participant

Explore Oxford, Cambridge’s ‘rival’, and London

Experience the other side! A day trip to Cambridge’s ‘rival’ university will take you across some of Oxford’s most well known colleges and landmarks such as the famous circular Radcliffe Camera Library, and Bodleian Library (one of the oldest libraries in Europe). You’ll have free time to explore the university city in small groups.

I'll admit that I was sceptical before I tried it, but honestly, I've never laughed so much! It was such a great experience where you could chill out and also be active at the same time.
- James, 2018 Participant

Have fun zorbing around Jesus Green!

An afternoon guaranteed to be full of laughs! Participants pass a light-hearted afternoon full of laughter by playing Zorb football!

During your time at Immerse, you’ll experience lots of varies sporting, cultural, and academic activities.


Gain unique insights and become friends with university students

You’ll be part of a mentor family with other students from the United Kingdom and from around the world.

We place a huge emphasis on creating a supportive and approachable environment at Immerse Education. Our mentors are a team of friendly, specially trained graduates and undergraduates from Cambridge University or Oxford University, who help our participants quickly settle into the programme. Often, mentors are also alumni of the Immerse programmes, so are able to relate their experience back to each of the participants.

Mentors offer support and friendship to all participants. They truly understand the challenges and pressures that participants face and are happy to share their own advice and experience. It’s an unrivalled support system that we’re incredibly proud of.

I felt so cared for during my time at Immerse. My mentor was so approachable and inspirational, and she gave me so many insights into university life. It's definitely going to be one of the things I miss the most from Immerse.
- Justyna, 2019 Participant

Live and study in colleges of Cambridge University

Cambridge University is internationally renowned for its academic excellence, its beautiful college architecture and its prestigious and rich history. Whilst staying in the inspirational surroundings of the University of Cambridge, participants learn university-level topics whilst experiencing student life.

You will live and study in your own individual bedroom. The Cambridge University colleges Immerse takes place in are: St. Catharine’s, Christ’s, Queens’, Sidney Sussex, Jesus, Gonville and Caius, Magdalene. View a selection of the colleges below:

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Immerse™ Medicine Example Modules

Module 1

Medical Research And Science Communication

The increased longevity of humans over the past century can be significantly attributed to advances resulting from medical research. Major benefits have included vaccines for measles and polio, insulin treatment for diabetes, classes of antibiotics for treating a host of illnesses and new surgical techniques such as microsurgery. But how are these discoveries made, and who makes them? Scientific research is a process of small steps, occurring over years or decades, costing millions, and requiring painstaking work undertaken by vast teams of scientists and clinicians. Spanning various disciplines, in this topic, you will focus on the principles and methods of medical research, in particular the journey of lab bench discoveries to patient bedside, clinical trials, and careers in medical research. You will also cover the importance of communicating scientific and medical research to the community, as well as the pros and cons of each method of communication.
Module 2

General Anatomy And Physiology

The human body is a finely tuned and complex machine. Its study can be traced as far back as the embalming of the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt! Our understanding of anatomy has greatly increased since the development of novel technologies, allowing us to uncover the organs’ microstructures, but scientists across the globe are still focused on uncovering its secrets. Anatomy and physiology are the sciences behind the structures of the body and their functions. In this topic you will explore the different systems of the human body (skeletal, muscular, digestive, respiratory etc) and how they're connected, in order to provide an overview of the human body as a whole. You'll then explore the key systems in-depth, looking at the characteristics and micro anatomical features of several organs through dissection.
Module 3

Genetics And Epigenetics

In the 60+ years after the discovery of DNA’s structure, there has been astonishing progress in our understanding of gene function and variability. Genes are a segment of DNA passed down from parents with certain traits to their children. Genes are organised and packaged in units called “chromosomes". After going over chromosomes’ structure, you will first focus on understanding the replication, transcription and translation of DNA, from nucleic acid to protein synthesis. You will also explore the role of the environment on genetics. Finally, you'll consider the most recent breakthrough in genetic engineering, CRISPR gene editing, a tool which allows virtually unlimited editing of the genome of any species!
Module 4

Science Conference

You will partake in a mini-science conference where you'll present a research topic assigned earlier in the week. You will be encouraged to view each other’s work critically, ask follow-up questions and engage with the subject matter.
“I really enjoyed my time here! I learnt so much and met so many amazing people. Thank you for everything”
Erik, Immerse Alumni
Participated in Immerse in 2017. Since Erik's time on the Computer Science programme, he has built a number of successful businesses.

Cambridge Summer School Prospectus

If you are interested in finding out more about what it’s like to study on the Medicine summer course in Cambridge, download our prospectus and Medicine Syllabus Overview.

What’s inside?

  • Full programme timetable
  • Exclusive discount code
  • Featured Cambridge University colleges

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Complete the form to receive a copy of the Syllabus Overview, which includes detailed example topics that you will learn during your time in Cambridge. Each topic is carefully selected by our expert tutors to provide a challenging and stimulating academic programme.

My tutor gave me the confidence I needed to advance my understanding of my subject.

Reena, Immerse Alumni

Attended Immerse in 2018. Current undergraduate of Imperial College London.
Who is this programme suitable for?

Is Immerse the right programme for you?

  • Are you a motivated high school student?
  • Will you be aged between 13-15 in summer 2020?
  • Are you looking for the best pre-university summer course?
  • Looking to make loads of new friends from all over the world?
  • Want to learn from expert tutors from leading universities?

Secure your place for summer 2020

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