Advanced Online Summer Programme
- High-level 6 week online course for high-calibre, motivated students who want to make good use of this lock-down summer
- Benefit from Oxford's famous 'tutorial' system - personal conversations with expert Oxford academics
- Personalised tuition allows you to explore your interests in depth
- 2 online face-to-face video tutorials per week 2 students:1 tutor
- Provides excellent preparation for graduate courses of professional training
- Working with Oxford academic tutors gives the chance to develop important contacts for future references
- Subjects offered: Law, Politics, Philosophy, Economics, English, History
- Worth 20 credits in the European Credit Transfer Scheme (up to 2 Credits, subject to home institution approval)
- Financial aid available
- Flexible start date from the 15 June 2020
This 6 week programme lets you enjoy Oxford’s famous ‘tutorial’ system of intense academic conversation around a subject, to attain your postgraduate or professional goals.
Oxford tutorials offer a highly personalised, bespoke way of working, that allow you to explore your own academic and professional interests. Tutorials also offer the chance to make enduring connections with tutors who can provide guidance/references in the future. All students receive an official, written course evaluation from their Oxford tutors that they can share with recommenders at their home institution.
These courses are for undergraduate students (or high school students who hold an offer from a university) looking to use this exceptional lock-down summer to explore intellectually, find life-long interests, and think about their options for major courses of study; for graduate work or professional careers after graduation.
Oxford tutors will meet you twice a week for online tutorials, in areas of study selected by you, which could include subjects you might be considering for graduate work or professional training.
We estimate the workload to be approximately 30 hours per week.
This course will introduce you to the skills required at graduate level: longer research pieces, report-writing, debating and presenting with confidence.
Oxford is a world-leading academic institution and all subjects will be taught by our own tutors. The following subjects will be available this summer:
- Law: Programmes offered in Legal thinking skills, Public International Law and Human Rights. Mansfield College is internationally renowned for its legal scholarship. Our Principal, Helen Mountfield QC, is a well-known human rights advocate at Matrix Chambers, and Mansfield is the home of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights , whose Director, Professor Kate O’Regan, was a judge of the South African Constitutional Court.
- Politics, Philosophy & Economics: One of the most well-known courses at Oxford University, Politics, Philosophy & Economics offers the chance to take courses from different subjects of study that complement each other and are of relevance to anyone interested in the way we live now. PPE is a great preparation for a range of graduate courses or professional training worldwide (in business, government, politics, not-for-profit organisations and beyond).
- English Literature: If you love to read challenging literature, or are interested in taking an English literature graduate course, this gives you an invaluable grounding in authors and literary movements, from Shakespeare to the Romantics, from Modernism to Poststructuralism, in the University where many of the world’s great authors were educated.
- History: The course gives you the chance to hone your skills for a specialist history Major, for graduate-level history, or just for intellectual enjoyment - with access to periods or themes you haven’t studied before and to primary sources from different times and places. We have particular strengths in British & European history.
Weeks 1 & 2
Welcome and introduction from course leader.
Distribution of course reading
2x 1 hour personal tutorials - intensive personal seminars - with tutor and 1 other student. In advance of the meeting tutor will email work and set a written or verbal report, to form the basis of the tutorial discussion.
Tutor will discuss ideas and the structure of the written report in advance.
Students can collaborate online.
All reading material will be sent via email.
Research paper submitted and marked. This will be the subject of critical appraisal in tutorials.
Weeks 4 & 5
2x 1 hour tutorials with tutor and 1 other student. In advance of the meeting tutor will email work and set a written or verbal report.
Students can collaborate online. All reading material will be sent via email.
Final Piece due. This will be subject-specific, but could help with preparation for a senior thesis.
Oxford is a world-leading academic institution and as such we recruit the highest calibre students. Our standard offer is for those with a GPA of 3.7 or above (for US based students; equivalent level recommendation for others). However, if there are reasons why you have not (yet) achieved that standard, such as the combination of courses you have taken or adverse circumstances, please let us know as these can be taken into account.
30 hours work and 2 tutorials per week. 12 tutorial credits, which is the equivalent of 20 credits in the European Credit Transfer Scheme and 2 American course credits (all credit transfers to be agreed with your home institution).
All students who successfully complete the course will receive an official transcript from Mansfield College, University of Oxford. They also receive an official, written course evaluation from their tutors that they can share with their recommenders at their home institution.
The fee for the 6 week course is $6,000. This includes all materials, tutorials and written feedback. A non-refundable deposit of $600 will be payable once you receive an offer of a place. The balance of $5,400 will then be due by 15 June 2020.
Applications: To apply, please fill out the online form: https://oxford.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/advanced-online-summer-programme
You will be asked to agree to the Terms and Conditions of the programme, which you can find here.
In addition, please send us the following, via email – email@example.com
- Writing Sample (academic piece from your current studies)
- Reference (from an academic at your current university)
Applications will be dealt with as received, but the final deadline is 1 June 2020
Syllabi can be issued on request.
International Human Rights Law
Public International Law
European Union Law
Politics, Philosophy & Economics:
Theory of Politics
Political Thought Bentham to Weber
Modern British Government and Politics
British Politics and Government Since 1900
Marx and Marxism
Politics of the European Union
International Relations in the Era of the Two World Wars
Knowledge and Reality
Philosophy of Mind
Economics of Industry
Foundations of Management
20th Century Modernist Literature
Literature in English 1910-present day
Literature in English 1830-1910
Literature in English, 1760-1830
Literature in English 1660-1760
Special Authors: Shakespeare
Special Authors: Dickens
Minority Writers: Immigrant Narratives
History of the British Isles III, 1330-1550
History of the British Isles IV, 1500-1700
History of the British Isles V, 1688-1848
History of the British Isles VI, 1830-1951
European and World History: Renaissance, Recovery & Reform, 1400-1650
European and World History: 1914-1989
Women, Gender and Historical Change, Britain in the Long 19th Century
Nationalism in Western Europe, 1799-1890
Post-Colonial Historiography: Writing the Indian Nation
Women, Gender and Print Culture in Reformation England, c.1530-1640
A Global War, 1914-20
Culture, Politics and Identity in Cold War Europe, 1945-68
The Rise and Crises of European Socialisms: 1883-1921