Oxford, United Kingdom

Diseases of the 21st Century

online course
when 24 August 2020 - 4 September 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee GBP 700

Lady Margaret Hall, a College of the University of Oxford is excited to offer a new topical online course with 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

Course leader

Professor David Harris, D. Phil, Emeritus Fellow in Biochemistry, St Anne’s College

Target group

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.


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 should have sufficient proficiency in English.
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

Course aim

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

Fee info

GBP 700: Course fee