The Immerse Chemistry summer school introduces you to fascinating topics within university-level organic, inorganic, nuclear, nuclear and radio-chemistry, and biological chemistry. Each lesson, carefully designed by our Chemistry specialist tutors to build on secondary school material, consolidates previous knowledge and also equips you with the skills to learn advanced topics.
The curriculum explores stimulating topics such as sustainable chemistry, nanotechnology, and their implications on everyday life. Moving beyond a mere theoretical understanding of chemistry to appreciate its crucial role in the world around us.
Learn how today’s scientists are manipulating chemical compounds at an atomic level
Explore the world of organic chemistry and advanced concepts like electronegativity
Get to grips with thermodynamics, discuss Hess’ law, and form new compounds using heat
Experience authentic student life in University of Cambridge colleges
Interactive learning in small groups (av: 1:7) from expert university tutors
Meet other motivated high school students from all over the world
You will take a closer look at the atom, by discussing some of the earlier models of atomic structure, including the Thompson, Rutherford, and Bohr models. Explore the atom, which forms the foundation of Chemistry and learn about the mole concept to perform important chemical calculations. You will also analyse the modern periodic table and discuss the fascinating trends that arise from this ordering.
In the 20th century there were several key discoveries that could not be explained by the classical description of the atom. These observations eventually led to the introduction of quantum mechanics, paving the way for our modern understanding of the atom structure and constituents. In this module, the four quantum numbers are introduced and you will be provided with key comparisons between the quantum mechanical and classical models of the atom.
In this module you’ll be introduced to some of the common experimental and computational approaches employed to probe chemical properties of molecules and reactions. Explore methods such as mass spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and electronic spectroscopy. You will also familiarise yourself with the various levels of accuracy in computational chemistry, and so contrast ab initio and molecular mechanics calculations.
This is one of the most exciting parts of the course. You get the opportunity to give a presentation on a topic of interest, engage in discussions with your peers, and receive important feedback. Useful transferrable skills are developed here, including oral communication, planning, data collection and analysis, critical thinking, and report writing. You will work independently on your project over the two-week period and present your report on the penultimate day of the programme. Beyond the transferrable skills, you get the unforgettable opportunity to learn about cutting-edge chemical research conducted at the world’s top universities and institutes.
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Interested in finding out more about what you will study on the Immerse Chemistry summer school? Download our Chemistry syllabus designed by highly-regarded tutors from leading universities.
During the Chemistry summer school you will:
All projects are supported by your expert academic tutors, and can take the form of an essay, presentation or practical project. The project reaches its pinnacle when you present it to your academic peers and tutors at the end of the programme.
It’s an incredible opportunity to develop your independent research skills and specialist subject knowledge.
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.
This 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.
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