The Medicine Programme, offered by the Cambridge Summer Institute, is designed for students currently studying medicine or professionals in the Healthcare field. The programme offers its participants the opportunity to attend lectures and workshops delivered by esteemed Professionals and Academics in the field of Medicine. There are a number of courses available within the programme each targeted toward students with differing levels of experience.

Discovery Level: These courses are targeted towards students in the first or second year of their medical education. The lectures will introduce delegates to new concepts, practices and principles in medicine.

Exploratory Level: These courses are targeted towards students who have already completed a number of years of medical education and are looking to deepen their existing knowledge and explore alternative perspectives and approaches.

Delegates will select one course per week. Please note that topics and courses are subject to change.

There is also the opportunity to combine Cambridge Summer Institute with its sister programme, Summer Institute at Oriel College, University of Oxford. Delegates can complement their Medicine programme in Cambridge by moving over to our programme in Oxford to study courses in ‘Global Health Challenges in Economics‘, ‘Ethics & Logic‘, and ‘Business & Legal Communication‘. Delegates will then have the opportunity to experience a different part of the UK whilst studying in a prestigious constituent college of the University of Oxford.


About This Programme

LengthMedicine courses take place between 12th August and 25th August, with differing levels on offer. Please note if you select the Medicine track, you can only select courses from this track.
Available Dates Summer Session 4: 12 August – 25 August 2018
Lectures /
15-20 hours of seminar style lectures covering your course are given per week by highly experienced and qualified tutors, lecturers, doctors, and professors from the University of Cambridge (UK) and/or the University of Oxford (UK). We require all students to attend at least one exam to receive an Academic Transcript issued by CBL International. A certificate of participation signed jointly by Magdalene College (University of Cambridge) and CBL International is presented to delegates with a 90% or above attendance rate. There are weekly exams scheduled for every course.
AccommodationSingle dormitory room with shared bathroom in a college of the University of Cambridge (UK), includes daily breakfast – 980GBP per two week session.

If you would like lunch and dinner provided for you, there is an additional charge of 300 GBP.

FeesPlease see our Fees & Tuition.
PrerequisitesThis is an open enrolment course. We recommend that applicants have prior knowledge or strong interest in the subject/course they are enrolling in.
Additional InformationIn addition to lectures given, this course also includes various extra-curricular activities such as social events & leisure activities, visits to businesses and institutions in London and excursions to famous places and historical landmarks. Learn more about Programme Information.


Course Details

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You will cover one topic of choice each week containing 15-20 hours of seminar style lectures from University of Cambridge and University of Oxford professors, lecturers, doctors or tutors in that field of study. Aside from the academic aspect, this exciting programme includes leisure activities, excursions, company visits, and much more.

For a typical week at CSI, please click here. 

Draft schedule for CBL International Cambridge Summer Institute (click to enlarge)

*Disclaimer* Changes to the course description, topics, programme structure, and schedules may occur due to the availability of faculty members at the actual time of the programme.


Ideal for those on the path or considering a career in medicine, this course will incorporate a variety of topics within the fields of Medical Systems, Medical Education, and Medical Ethics. Lectures will be accompanied by engaging workshops and innovative visits to institutions, and organisations to develop practical experience and awareness. There are visits to various institutions and labs in Oxford, Cambridge or London give delegates the opportunity to see how the theory they learn in class is applied in the medical world.

Delegates will select one course per week. Please note that topics and courses are subject to change.

1. The UK Healthcare System – (Discovery Level)

During this course, delegates will explore the UK Health System with a focus on the National Health Service as it celebrates its 70th birthday. Comparisons will be drawn to other health systems around the world.

Topics may include:

  • The pathway to the medical profession in the UK
  • Introduction to the National Health Service
  • Medical & Surgical Specialties

2. Practicing medicine in the UK – (Exploratory Level)

This course targeted toward experienced medical students and professionals, takes a deeper look at the practice of medicine in the UK. Delegates will explore the strengths and weaknesses of the National Health Service and how it copes with the various challenges it faces in the modern world. There will also be an opportunity to practise clinical skills such as Patient History Taking & Physical examination.

Topics may include:

  • The Highs & Lows of the National Health Service
  • Major incident response – how the NHS expects the unexpected
  • Clinical Skills – Patient History Taking & Physical Examination

3. Medical Ethics – An exploration of the big issues in medical ethics – (Discovery Level)

The study of Medical Ethics is a crucial part of medical education. This course gives delegates the opportunity to explore the big issues in medical ethics and the similarities and differences between attitudes and practices in the UK and other countries and cultures.

Topics may include:

  • Organ Donation – Opt in vs Opt out
  • ‘A Health Service for All’ – Care and Treatment for Sexual, Cultural and Religious Minorities.
  • Euthanasia – Attitudes, Perspectives & Practices

4. Exploring the ethics and practice of Palliative Care – (Exploratory Level)

Caring for those facing the end of their life is challenging for the most seasoned medical practitioners. This course will explore the principles and practice of palliative care in the UK while considering some of the ethical questions surrounding the palliative approach.
Topics may include:

  • End of life care in the UK – Nursing Homes, Hospices & Hospitals
  • The principles and practice of palliative care
  • Palliative care communication skills workshop


andres-flotoProfessor Andres Floto
Professor of Respiratory Biology



Mira Schneider
Nuffield Department of Polulation Health
Medical Sciences



Lorraine Petersen
Medical Director
Arthur Rank Hospice Charity


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If you have additional questions, contact our Academic Advisors at or call them at +44 (0) 1865 616 726. They will gladly guide you through your various options and assist with your booking.


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