Oxford University Summer School for Medical Humanities

radcliffe observatory

DEADLINE: 29 April 2019

HOW TO APPLY: www.gtc.ox.ac.uk/medhums-summerschool.html

Are you a medical student who is interested in how humanities subjects can help develop your skills? Are you a humanities student who wants to make connections with other disciplines in humanities and sciences?


Medical Humanities

Oxford’s top academics will introduce you to the interface between clinical medicine and narrative, philosophy, law, ethics, gender studies, hierarchies, history (including history of the emotions), art history, theatre (body language; spatial dynamics), theology, management, observation (visual and linguistic), compassion, boundaries (to name but a few) … Come and learn how to think in an integrated way.



In the heart of Oxford: teaching is in Green Templeton College with accommodation across the road in St Anne’s College



14-20 July 2019 (arrive Sunday evening, depart Saturday morning)


Who is eligible? 

Undergraduates, medical students at all stages, and five year 12-13 school students


How many participants?

The course is limited to 20 participants


How much does it cost? Is there financial support?

£1200 (all-inclusive); some small discounts available for those in demonstrable need


Who will teach me?

Oxford’s top professors, from the faculties of Medicine, English, History, Philosophy, Business Studies, Theology, Anthropology, Sociology, and Classics, as well as eminent visiting lecturers


What are the deadlines?

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 29 APRIL 2019. Decisions notified by 12 May


How do I apply?



Course details

This interdisciplinary course is taught thematically. Modules are devoted to specific topics on the connection between the art and the science of medicine: e.g. observation; illness narratives; language and communication; medical ethics; the law; ageing; gender. For last year’s programme see www.gtc.ox.ac.uk


Teaching is a mixture of lecture-discussion and interactive workshops.


Participants are required to do preparatory reading or viewing from poems, short stories, films, and articles from journals in relevant disciplines.

Application details

You will be asked to submit:

a 1-page CV, listing your education to date;

a personal statement telling us why you’d like to do this course.

You will also ask an academic referee to submit a letter in support.