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Biomedicine and Human Disease Summer School

Explore the science that underpins all medicine and medical research, and receive training in contemporary topics and techniques.

In response to the UK Government’s recent announcements with regards to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have decided to cancel our Summer Schools for 2020.

We understand this may be disappointing but ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff has to be our priority.

We will be updating these webpages in due course with information about Summer Schools for 2021.  If you have any questions, please get in touch by emailing

We appreciate your understanding in these unprecedented times and we hope to see you in Cardiff in the future.

Biomedicine is the science that underpins all of medicine and medical research. This summer school will introduce you to our cutting-edge research in this area and give you the opportunity to explore a variety of topics related to biomedicine and human disease.

The Biomedicine and Human Disease Summer School is delivered by the School of Biosciences which is internationally renowned for its world-leading research in human physiology, human structure, biochemistry and genetics. Our courses are informed by our research strengths, and our courses are delivered by scientists undertaking pioneering research - from developing new treatments for cancer, to tackling the issue of antibiotic resistance.

This programme is designed to give you a taster of our innovative Biomedical Sciences undergraduate degree and will include lectures on such topics as cardiovascular disease, molecular biology of pancreatic disease, neurological disorders, musculoskeletal disease, microbiology of infectious disease and cancer cell biology.

You will also have the opportunity to get hands-on and practice contemporary biomedical and biochemical and bioinformatic techniques via a range of practical workshop and laboratory sessions.

Please note, the contents of this course are subject to change and the course may be cancelled in the event of low turnout.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this is subject to change and does not include all the lectures and workshops that will be covered.

Saturday 11 July 2020Arrival in Cardiff (Pick up from Heathrow provided)
Sunday 12 July 2020Free time and Welcome Dinner
Monday 13 July 2020Welcome lecture
Tuesday 14 July 2020Mechanism, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease
Wednesday 15 July 2020Field trip
Thursday 16 July 2020Cancer metastasis / Scientific communication workshops
Friday 17 July 2020Tissue engineering / Free afternoon
Saturday 18 July 2020Field Trip / Free time
Sunday 19 July 2020Field Trip / Free time
Monday 20 July 2020Bioinformatics workshops
Tuesday 21 July 2020Biofilms: microbial lifestyles of clinical relevance
Wednesday 22 July 2020Biomedicine practical workshops
Thursday 23 July 2020Molecular mechanisms of pancreatic disorders / Free afternoon
Friday 24 July 2020Research presentations and Gala Dinner
Saturday 25 July 2020Transfer to Heathrow Airport


The fee for the Summer School is £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation (14 nights), 10 meals per week (Breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday), airport pick up and drop off from London Heathrow Airport on fixed dates (pick up is on the 11th July and drop off is 25th July) and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Tenby and the Big Pit).

This is a non-credit bearing summer school.

Your visit

In addition to a valuable learning experience, you will embark on two cultural trips within Wales.  Both Wales and the UK are uniquely rich in history, architecture and culture and our Summer Schools are sure to give you unrivalled personal, social and academic benefits which will enhance any CV or resume.

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Contact us

If you have any queries about this Summer School, the academic content or how you can prepare for this course, please get in touch with Emma Davies who co-ordinates our International Summer Schools:

Biomedical and Life Sciences Summer Schools

Why study with us?

This International Summer School at Cardiff University will allow you to learn from the best, by directly working with world-leading researchers across the fields of biomedical and life sciences. You will be given the unique opportunity to expand your career horizons whilst also being given a guided tour of some of Wales’ iconic landmarks, landscapes and rich culture.