Revolutionise your summer with our four-week programme of interactive sessions, a mini-research laboratory project and guest lectures, enabling you to explore cutting-edge research, technology and the future of biomedicine. 

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Academic themes

Taught themes

Each year we choose four new Summer School themes based on world class research taking place in the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London. The themes are chosen to expand and compliment your current understanding of biomedicine.

The style of the Summer School is interactive, and you can expect to work in partnership with the programme tutors and other students. Each theme is studied for two days.

The themes for 2020 are as follows:
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Controversies and Frontiers in Healthcare and Medicine
  • Pain: Molecules, Signals, Treatments
  • Sleep and e-Health
Mini research project

Laboratory research project

Our immune system consists of organs, cells and molecules that provide us with a remarkable defence system against all kinds of pathogens. Some cells of the immune system protect us against virus. These cells can directly kill virally infected cells, but they can also survive in our body for our whole life to protect us against the same virus as many times as required.  

In the Mini-Research Project, you will work in small groups to design your own experimental plans. In a supervised lab environment, you will then stimulate immune cells under your chosen experimental conditions, measure the results of the stimulation quantitatively and qualitatively, analyse your data, and discuss your lab report with the course team. 

Keynote lectures

Guest speakers and networking events

In addition to the main programme there will be a series of weekly guest lectures from leaders in their fields. After listening to fascinating talks, you will have the opportunity to network with world renowned academics at a drinks and nibbles reception afterwards. 

You will also have the opportunity to reflect on your future in bioscience at our Revolutions in Biomedicine Career Event, where you can speak to Imperial's Career Service and individuals with jobs in science in the university and beyond. 

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A male student on the academic programme of the Revolutions in Biomedicine Summer School

Assessment

The programme carries 7.5 ECTS credits (3-4 US), subject to your home institution approval. 

In order to gain academic credit, students must attend a minimum of 80% of the course and gain an aggregate score of 40% in the following assessments:

  • Written exam
  • Lab project report, presentation and peer marking.

The assessment is optional, and based on the taught themes of the summer school.

Students taking part in the mini research lab project, part of a typical day in the summer school timetable.

Typical day

Classes take place Monday to Friday. The timetable will be:

  • 10.00-12.30 Morning interactive sessions
  • 12.30-13.30 Lunch break
  • 13.30-16.00 Afternoon interactive sessions 
  • Evening - Free time, social activities or weekly keynote

There will be a three day weekend in the second week of the programmes allowing students to explore other places outside of London on the social programme.

Hear keynote lectures from experts in their field

Attend guest lectures to hear from the leaders in their field, then gain the chance to network with our leading academics with drinks and nibbles.

Design and implement a mini research project in teams

In small groups you will design and implement your own experimental plans in a supervised lab setting.

Interactive session

Explore a wealth of topics in biomedicine through interactive taught themes.

Gain hands-on laboratory experience

Gain hands-on laboratory experience during the mini-research project

Interact with students from over 20 nationalities

Interact with students from across the globe and build future networks.