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Neuroscience Summer School

Explore the mysteries of the human brain and gain insight into the ground-breaking neuroscience research currently taking place at Cardiff University.

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.

Our Neuroscience summer school uses a combination of biological and psychological techniques to explore the mysteries of the human brain.

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous systems, their component nerve cells and the functioning of the brain. How the human brain works remains one of the most intriguing of all scientific questions - can the brain understand the brain? Can the brain understand the mind? Is the brain a giant computer or something more?

At the School of Biosciences, we are finding answers to these questions through innovative teaching and world-leading research.

The Neuroscience Summer School offers an exciting opportunity to sample the curriculum of our BSc Neuroscience degree with lectures and workshops on a range of topics, including neuroanatomy, stem cells in neuroscience research, neuropharmacology, neurological disorders and bioinformatics.

Visits to the Cardiff University Brain Research and Imaging Centre, currently the second largest brain imaging facility in the world, and the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute, will give you the opportunity to learn more about the ground breaking neuroscience research currently taking place in Cardiff.

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 2020Excitable cells and Neuroanatomy workshop
Wednesday 15 July 2020Field trip
Thursday 16 July 2020Pharmacology of neurodegenerative disease and second generation DNA sequencing workshop
Friday 17 July 2020Neurotrophic factors I and II and Research experience / Free afternoon
Saturday 18 July 2020Field Trip / Free time
Sunday 19 July 2020Field Trip / Free time
Monday 20 July 2020Bioinformatics workshops
Tuesday 21 July 2020Fundamentals of neuroscience and laboratory workshop
Wednesday 22 July 2020Stem cells in the study of neurodevelopment and laboratory workshop
Thursday 23 July 2020Scientific communication workshop / 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 11 July and drop off is 25 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.