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Biomedicine and Human Disease Summer School

Biomedicine and human disease summer school student working in lab during laboratory session.
Biomedicine and human disease summer school student working in lab during laboratory session.

The lectures and workshops in this summer school will introduce you to numerous topics in biomedicine and human disease.

This Summer School is now closed for 2019 applications.

The Biomedicine and Human Disease Summer School is hosted by the School of Biosciences which is one of the largest life sciences departments in the UK and is responsible for the education of around 2,000 undergraduate students and 250 postgraduate students each year.

With two Nobel Prize winners and numerous Fellows of the Royal Society contributing to the internationally renowned research programmes, our teaching is therefore underpinned by cutting edge research.

At this summer school, you will have the opportunity to sample our biomedicine curriculum, which is focused on our research interests in human physiology, human structure, biochemistry and genetics.

Lecture topics will include cardiovascular disease, molecular biology of pancreatic disease, neurological disorders, musculoskeletal disease, microbiology of infectious disease and cancer cell biology. You will also attend hands on workshop sessions in bioinformatics and practical sessions in that you can learn contemporary biomedical and biochemical laboratory techniques.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this is subject to change.

Saturday 13 July 2019Arrival in Cardiff (Pick up from Heathrow provided)
Sunday 14 July 2019Social event
Monday 15 July 2019Welcome talk and introduction to the programme

Lecture: Mechanism and prevention of cardiovascular disease 

Lecture: Cell signal transduction

English language/ British culture workshop
Tuesday 16 July 2019Lecture: Mechanical load as a risk factor of Osteoarthritis
Lecture: Collagen diseases
Lecture: Biomechanics of human bone disease

Scientific communication workshop
Wednesday 17 July 2019Lecture: Neuropharmacology of Parkinson's disease

Workshop: Second generation DNA sequencing
Thursday 18 July 2019Lecture: Cancer biology: mechanisms and therapeutics
Workshop: Oral anatomy
Friday 19 July 2019Visit to the National Botanical Garden of Wales
Saturday 20 July 2019Social event
Sunday 21 July 2019Social event
Monday 22 July 2019Bioinformatics workshop
English language/ British culture workshop
Tuesday 23 July 2019Lecture: Molecular mechanisms of pancreatic disorders

Lecture: Molecular mechanisms of lymphoblastic leukaemia

Lecture: Microbiology of infectious diseases

Laboratory workshop
Wednesday 24 July 2019Lecture: Stem cells in the study of neurodevelopment
Laboratory workshop

Social event
Thursday 25 July 2019Laboratory workshop
Friday 26 July 2019Scientific communication workshop - Research presentation

Reflection, course feedback and evaluation

Final Gala Ceremony
Saturday 27 July 2019Departure from Cardiff (Drop off to Heathrow provided)


The fee for the Summer School is £1,920.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Heathrow Airport on fixed dates (pick up is on 13 July, drop off is on 27 August) and excursions organised by the University.

Contact us

If you have any questions or need more information, please email us:

Biomedical and Life Sciences Summer Schools