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Physics Summer School in Cambridge
Physics Online Tutoring

Gain expert insights in an online summer school in Physics

Our Physics Online Insights programme introduces you to advanced topics such as quantum mechanics, nuclear physics, biophysics, and thermodynamics with the guidance of expert university tutors from leading universities.

As well as developing a sound theoretical understanding of physics, you will also develop your study skill-set through independent research, while also exploring novel concepts and sharing ideas in small groups of like-minded and ambitious peers from around the world.


About Online Insights

Over the course of this programme, participants will take part in virtual seminars, future skills workshops, one-to-one tutorials, as well as group social activities led by current Oxbridge undergraduates.

Students receive a combination of subject-based tuition, one-to-one tutorials, future skills workshops and social activities with students from around the world.

  • Average Class Size Of 5

    Maximum 10 students
  • 1:1 Tutorials

    2 x 30-minute sessions each week
  • Oxbridge Academics

    Tutors from Oxford and Cambridge University
  • Future Skills Workshops

    Develop key attributes such as personal branding, interview skills and academic writing

For students of all time zones

As there are participants joining from around the globe, Online Insights offers two “streams” – Stream A and Stream B.

Stream A starts in the morning whilst Stream B’s classes take place in the afternoon.

Note – as our faculty are all based in Oxford & Cambridge, all times communicated are in UK time.

To see how the Online Insights programme is structured, please view the timetable.

  • Stream A

    09:00 - 15:00 (UK time)
  • Stream B

    14:00 - 20:00 (UK time)

My tutor was a Doctor of Physics, the guidance of whom I enjoyed throughout. They made every effort to approximate the experience to a university-style project, which is what I was looking for. They gave me valuable insight into university approach to science, as well as related advice.

Igor B
Attended Immerse in 2020
Oxbridge Online Research Programme (Physics) Student

Network with like-minded individuals

Daily social activities with participants around the world

Students can connect with like-minded individuals from around the world, and are encouraged to socialise and make friends through daily activities and games after classes finish.

Activities include virtual college tours, murder mystery parties and a ‘University Challenge’-style quiz.

These sessions are led by Oxbridge undergraduates who act as Mentors for Online Insights participants. This is a fantastic opportunity for participants to hear from students at Oxford and Cambridge University, and receive guidance and advice on studying at one of the world’s top universities.

Network with like-minded individuals


Online Learning Platform

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Virtual Classrooms

All sessions are delivered on Zoom’s education platform – the world’s leading virtual classroom software.

Before the course begins, all students will receive a welcome pack that includes information about their tutors, mentors, guest speakers, as well as their programme overview.

Students will also receive an interactive timetable with links to each of their classes.

We offer 2-day intensives, 1-week, 2-week and 10-week programmes so that you can learn at a time and duration that fits your current activities.


Sample Physics Modules

To see how the Online Insights programme is structured, please view the timetable.
  • Module 1 - Classical Mechanics

    The study of classical mechanics is the study of how objects move and is a topic tightly bound to the University of Cambridge via its founding father, Sir Isaac Newton. The skills required for mechanics are found in many areas of physics, and you will extend your knowledge of high school mechanics to include more complex problems relating to kinematics.
  • Module 2 - Thermodynamics and States of Matter

    The matter in our universe can consist in different states, including gas, liquid, and solid - as well as plasma and Bose-Einstein condensates. In this topic, you will explore how the ability to change the state of matter has enabled us to transfer energy from one process to another. The programme will give you the opportunity to dive into specific areas, ranging from heat engines to the composition of different chemical elements.
  • Module 3 - Quantum Mechanics

    Newton’s laws of motion could not properly describe the movement of small objects. Electrons sometimes behaved as waves, and light seemed to sometimes behave as particles. This famous wave-particle duality led to a new theory to resolve the paradox: the Theory of Quantum Mechanics. You'll look into the interesting consequences of quantum mechanics, such as the uncertainty principle, quantum tunnelling and the superposition theory.
  • Module 4 - Personal Project

    At the end of the two week programme, each participant will give a short presentation about a topic of their choosing - which will be discussed by all students.
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  • 6-7 May 2023, Spring (Intensive)

  • 27-28 May 2023, Spring (Intensive)

  • 1-2 July 2023, Summer (Intensive)

  • 29-30 July 2023, Summer (Intensive)

  • 27-28 August 2023, Summer (Intensive)

  • 23-24 September 2023, Summer (Intensive)

  • 3 July – 14 July 2023 Summer (Classic)

  • 3 July – 14 July 2023 Summer (Classic)

  • 17 July – 28 July 2023 Summer (Classic)

  • 17 July – 28 July 2023 Summer (Classic)

  • 31 July – 11 August 2023 Summer (Classic)

  • 31 July – 11 August 2023 Summer (Classic)

  • 14 August – 25 August 2023 Summer (Classic)

  • 14 August – 25 August 2023 Summer (Classic)

20+ hours of academic contact time per week
Subject tuition delivered by an academic from Oxford or Cambridge University
Average class size of 5 (maximum 10)
2 x 30 minute 1:1 tutorials
Academic skills workshops
End-of-day social activities led by Mentors (Oxbridge undergraduates)
Detailed personal evaluation written by tutor
Certificate of attendance
Free premium membership to UniPrepare's 'Nurture' plan


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