Queen Mary University Summer School

Introduction

Welcome to Queen Mary

The Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. With 21,187 students, 4,000 staff and an annual turnover of £400m, we are one of the biggest University of London colleges.

We teach and research across a wide range of subjects in the humanities, social sciences, law, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering. Based in a creative and culturally diverse area of east London, our main site in Mile End is one of the largest self-contained residential campuses in the capital.

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Our research excellence

Queen Mary has made a strategic commitment to the highest quality of research. We have invested in this principle by systematically recruiting the best academics in their disciplines from around the world. The results of the most recent national assessment of research – the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) – have confirmed our place in the very top group of research-led universities in the UK. Overall we were ranked 9th in the UK among multi-faculty universities and 5th in the UK for the percentage of our 3* and 4* research outputs.

Russell Group institution

Queen Mary is one of 24 leading UK universities represented by the Russell Group, that are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience, excellent graduate employability and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

High-quality learning experience

Queen Mary offers outstanding students a stimulating, supportive and high-quality learning experience, with teaching inspired by our world-leading research. Queen Mary ranks top in London among Russell Group universities for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2016), with a number of our subject areas receiving over 90 percent for ‘overall satisfaction’ including Medicine, Dentistry, Law and English.

We have invested £105m in new facilities over the past five years to offer our students an exceptional learning environment. Recent developments include the £39m Graduate Centre, set to provide 7,700 square metres of learning and teaching space, and the Dentistry Building, the UK’s first new dental school in forty years. Future developments include the planned Life Sciences Building, which will play a key role in the regeneration of the wider Whitechapel area following the arrival of Crossrail.

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University of London

Queen Mary is part of the internationally recognised University of London, which counts among its members some of the leading higher education institutions in the world.

Queen Mary students are able to use a host of University of London facilities including the main University Library at Senate House, where you can access thousands of books and journals.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Summer courses

Artistic Rebellion in London and Paris Summer Course

Campus Full time 150 hours June 2018 United Kingdom London

This course offers you an introduction to the history of modernist and avant-garde art in Paris, and its impact upon cultural production in London. The course investigates how artists in both places responded to the political, social and technological transformations that took place in European societies between 1870 and 1980. [+]

Overview

This course offers you an introduction to the history of modernist and avant-garde art in Paris, and its impact upon cultural production in London. The course investigates how artists in both places responded to the political, social and technological transformations that took place in European societies between 1870 and 1980. You’ll look at the differences between life in Paris and in London during this period, and the effects that these had upon artistic production. You’ll also explore topics ranging from the influence of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting on the Bloomsbury Group’s demands for sexual and social freedoms, to the influence of Dada and Surrealism on David Bowie, and Situationist ‘culture jamming’ on punk rock. We hope you will think about the construction of official ideas of culture and the varying means by which artists have generated their own aesthetics of resistance. Making use of the incredible resources provided by London itself, the course will include field trips to galleries and museums and tours of historic locations.... [-]


British Horror and Fantasy Cinema from Dracula to Harry Potter Summer Course

Campus Full time 150 hours June 2018 United Kingdom London

British cinema is often celebrated for its social realism, yet has made significant and influential contributions to the worlds of horror, fantasy and science fiction. From the Gothic tradition of Dracula to nightmarish visions of London in 28 Days Later and the spectacular popular fantasies of Doctor Who and Harry Potter, this course investigates this alternative history or ‘repressed underside’ of British cinema and the ways in which these films have responded to their social and cultural production contexts. [+]

Overview

British cinema is often celebrated for its social realism, yet has made significant and influential contributions to the worlds of horror, fantasy and science fiction. From the Gothic tradition of Dracula to nightmarish visions of London in 28 Days Later and the spectacular popular fantasies of Doctor Who and Harry Potter, this course investigates this alternative history or ‘repressed underside’ of British cinema and the ways in which these films have responded to their social and cultural production contexts.

Introducing you to a range of critical approaches to film and literature and making full use of our unique London setting, we will engage with debates on the cultural appeal and social significance of horror and fantasy, and the nature of audiences and film spectatorship. Key topics for discussion will be the depiction of London and the East End as both a landscape of fear and wonder; the representation of women, gender and sexuality in horror and fantasy; the psychoanalytic interpretation of horror and the ways through which these films engage with the history of Britain and its capital. With an emphasis on cinema, we will also compare the writing of British authors with film adaptations of their work.... [-]


Game Theory Summer Course

Campus Full time 150 hours July 2018 United Kingdom London

This course offers you an introduction to game theory, a framework for studying situations of strategic interdependence. You will be shown how to describe and analyse such situations formally, as well as how the theory can be applied in economics, political science, law, and elsewhere. [+]

Overview

This course offers you an introduction to game theory, a framework for studying situations of strategic interdependence. You will be shown how to describe and analyse such situations formally, as well as how the theory can be applied in economics, political science, law, and elsewhere. Topics include: games in strategic and extensive form, backward induction, dominance, choice under uncertainty, pure and mixed strategy Nash equilibrium, imperfect information, coordination and outguessing games, the prisoners’ dilemma, subgame perfection, and repeated interaction. The course is taught on historical principles, with attention to the founders and intellectual development of game theory.... [-]


Global Cities: Paris and London Summer Course

Campus Full time 90 hours June 2018 United Kingdom London

This intensive six week program provides students with a creative intellectual immersion into the heart of London and Paris. You'll spend the first 3 weeks studying at the Univeristy of London Institute in Paris and the last 3 weeks at QMUL in cool East London. [+]

Overview

This intensive six week program provides students with a creative intellectual immersion into the heart of London and Paris. You'll spend the first 3 weeks studying at the Univeristy of London Institute in Paris and the last 3 weeks at QMUL in cool East London. It uses each city as a classroom and laboratory for investigating a range of continuities and changes, problems and potentials across the urban fabric. It introduces students to key concepts and intellectual debates connected to urban inequality and economic growth, globalization, post-colonialism, urban politics and public space. The program curriculum is rooted in the social sciences and will be relevant to those studying sociology, economics, history, geography, political science, community studies, global studies and urban studies. It will also appeal to those in the arts and humanities, communications and business, and anyone interested in the dynamics of urbanization.... [-]


Global Migration Flows Summer Course

Campus Full time 150 hours June 2018 United Kingdom London

In an era of massive influx of migrants and refugees, this course will examine a series of key topics related to international immigration and refugee law, and the challenges posed from a legal perspective. It will provide you with a broad overview of the main legal instruments in place concerning asylum, migration, human smuggling and trafficking, such as the 1951 Refugee Convention (Geneva Convention) and 1967 Protocol or the 2000 Palermo Protocols attached to the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. [+]

Overview

In an era of massive influx of migrants and refugees, this course will examine a series of key topics related to international immigration and refugee law, and the challenges posed from a legal perspective. It will provide you with a broad overview of the main legal instruments in place concerning asylum, migration, human smuggling and trafficking, such as the 1951 Refugee Convention (Geneva Convention) and 1967 Protocol or the 2000 Palermo Protocols attached to the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. Regional sub-systems, such as the EU legal framework will be explored by focusing on themes such as the legal migration, detention of asylum seekers and irregular migrants, deportation and criminalisation of migration. In order to provide a holistic approach to the examined topics, selected national legislation and case law will be explored as well.... [-]


International Business Summer Course

Campus Full time 150 hours July 2018 United Kingdom London

This course offers you a broad overview of the process of economic ‘globalisation’ and changes in international business over time. The focus is on the multinational firm set in the context of trends in the world economy. It will give you a critical, strategic and comparative perspective on the nature and scope of international business, its origins, development, and theories. [+]

Overview

This course offers you a broad overview of the process of economic ‘globalisation’ and changes in international business over time. The focus is on the multinational firm set in the context of trends in the world economy. It will give you a critical, strategic and comparative perspective on the nature and scope of international business, its origins, development, and theories. You will examine these issues through case studies. Our Mile End campus is in the heart of London’s East End, close to the financial district and Canary Wharf, and we have strong links with leading multinational firms that have made London their base.

Teaching in lectures and seminars will be supplemented with a number of structured study and business skills sessions, and field trips in the city of London with current students and members of the School’s alumni community. As a student in London, you will also be able to explore the city’s unparalleled range of specialist archives and libraries, including the London School of Economics (LSE)’s social science library.... [-]


Introduction to Particle Physics Summer Course

Campus Full time 150 hours June 2018 United Kingdom London

This course will explain the basic concepts in particle physics, starting from the basic blocks of matter as we know them before looking at the fundamental forces and experimental methods used in ongoing investigations in the field. [+]

Overview

This course will explain the basic concepts in particle physics, starting from the basic blocks of matter as we know them before looking at the fundamental forces and experimental methods used in ongoing investigations in the field. You will learn about the elementary particles and fundamental forces acting between them and understand the behaviour of all known matter, from very small-scale particles to the very large scale of the universe and its composition. We will also explain main experimental techniques, from particle accelerators to particle detectors and statistical data analyses. We hope that by the end of the programme you will be able to confidently reassure others that the LHC will not destroy the world!... [-]


Issues and Debates in International Relations Summer Course

Campus Full time 150 hours June 2018 United Kingdom London

During this Summer School course, you will be exposed to a broad range of seminars, lectures and discussions about the issues facing us in a globalised world. The course will provide you with a sophisticated theoretical and applied understanding of international relations including areas of expertise such as war and security, globalisation and development, and EU foreign policy. [+]

Overview

During this Summer School course, you will be exposed to a broad range of seminars, lectures and discussions about the issues facing us in a globalised world. The course will provide you with a sophisticated theoretical and applied understanding of international relations including areas of expertise such as war and security, globalisation and development, and EU foreign policy. Subjects that will be covered include an overview of international relations since 1945, the major international institutions and actors, war and security in a global era, and the European Union as a global actor.

Course aims

The course aims to provide you with knowledge of the debates and ideas within international relations, with a critical understanding of key theoretical and conceptual approaches, and with an understanding of various contemporary conflicts and dilemmas within international politics. You will also be introduced to a variety of study skills for undertaking further study, particularly case study and comparative analysis of different conflicts, institutions and practices. You will also receive guidance in preparing short reports, summaries and analyses, and presentations with the specific aim of improving your writing, study and presentation skills.... [-]


London in Modern European Literature, Fine Art and Film Summer Course

Campus Full time 150 hours July 2018 United Kingdom London

London has been the largest European city for more than two-and-a-half centuries and has played a dominant role in the context of European cities. We are going to explore the ways in which this notion is presented in examples of European literature, fine art and film in the 19th, 20th, and early 21st centuries. [+]

Overview

London has been the largest European city for more than two-and-a-half centuries and has played a dominant role in the context of European cities. We are going to explore the ways in which this notion is presented in examples of European literature, fine art and film in the 19th, 20th, and early 21st centuries. The course spans three weeks and offers you a mixture of classroom teaching, film screenings, workshops and excursions. We will also make a number of suggestions for subject-related activities outside your scheduled contact hours.

Course aims

The aim of this course is to develop your curiosity about, and awareness of, the multifaceted urban cultures in London as a whole, and in east London in particular. The course provides the contextual knowledge and analytical framework for you to critically engage with London metropolitan life and its various cultural manifestations.... [-]


London Performance Past and Present Summer Course

Campus Full time 150 hours June 2018 United Kingdom London

This course draws on London’s rich theatre and performance history, and the wide-ranging opportunities the city offers to engage with historical and contemporary theatre and performance. [+]

Overview

This course draws on London’s rich theatre and performance history, and the wide-ranging opportunities the city offers to engage with historical and contemporary theatre and performance. It explores how historical, social, cultural and architectural contexts produce meaning through play texts and in the theatre. You will be introduced to a range of ways of analysing plays and performances in relation to the conditions in which they are created. You’ll spend the first week on visits related to the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and in seminars. The second week will normally focus on visits and seminars related to theatre from the 19th century to the present day. Your last week will look at performance beyond the literary play text, for example, Live and Performance Art, Club Performance, Performance in Galleries, Performance Documentation. You will normally have two theatre visits or field trips per week.... [-]


Modern British Cinema: 1960s - 1980s Summer Course

Campus Full time 150 hours July 2018 United Kingdom London

This course examines the hybrid and diverse nature of the British cinema from the New Wave of the early 1960s to the advent of Channel 4 in the early 1980s. [+]

Overview

This course examines the hybrid and diverse nature of the British cinema from the New Wave of the early 1960s to the advent of Channel 4 in the early 1980s. It will explore two key themes in the British cinema’s long quest for a sustainable model of film-making: the tensions between the indigenous and the international; and the recurring pattern of ‘boom and bust’ in British production. Topics covered include: the emergence of the New Wave and the ‘Swinging London’ films of the 1960s; the relationship between British cinema and Hollywood; the British film renaissance of the early 1980s; ‘state of the nation’ cinema in the Thatcher era; TV funding for film; and the emergence during the 1970s of British auteur film-makers such as Peter Greenaway, Derek Jarman, Terence Davies and Bill Douglas). You’ll be taught through a mix of lectures, film screenings, seminars and workshops.... [-]


Practical Machine Learning Summer Course

Campus Full time July 2018 United Kingdom London

Machine learning influences modern life in many different avenues and is silently revolutionising the way we live and work. We can see the influence of machine-learning algorithms in social media, web search engines, mobile device spell checkers and self-driving cars. [+]

Overview

Machine learning influences modern life in many different avenues and is silently revolutionising the way we live and work. We can see the influence of machine-learning algorithms in social media, web search engines, mobile device spell checkers and self-driving cars. This course will give you an introduction to machine learning using the Python programming language and the TensorFlowTM programming toolkit from Google. No programming background is assumed, however if you want to take this course, you should be familiar with using computers.

This course is taught by scientists using machine learning for data analysis at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider and will allow you to work on practical examples from both general and physics-based problems. Examples will be drawn from a variety of problems in order to allow you to build up an understanding of the tools and how to use them. This will prepare you for a mini-project analysing data from a particle physics experiment to complement the examples encountered earlier in the course.... [-]


Screenwriting in London: Feature Film Fiction Summer Course

Campus Full time 150 hours June 2018 United Kingdom London

This three-week Summer School course enables you to develop your creative writing skills in the area of screenwriting to produce a feature film story. [+]

Overview

This three-week Summer School course enables you to develop your creative writing skills in the area of screenwriting to produce a feature film story. The course will begin with a period of research for ideas and topics, using London as a site and location for this exploration. There will be visits to galleries, museums, walking tours and talks that offer material for story development. There will be research and short writing exercises during the first two weeks of the course (which will form a portfolio for assessment) and in your final week, individual writing sessions and group workshops will focus on helping you to develop and define a single story idea suitable for a feature film screenplay.... [-]


The Universe Summer Course

Campus Full time 150 hours June 2018 United Kingdom London

This course provides a broad overview of astronomy to give you an understanding of the evolution of the universe and its constituents. A particular theme is the role played by the known laws of physics in understanding astronomical observation. [+]

Overview

This course provides a broad overview of astronomy to give you an understanding of the evolution of the universe and its constituents. A particular theme is the role played by the known laws of physics in understanding astronomical observation. You will learn about the constituents of the observed universe; appreciate (and be able to explain) the important part played by the laws of physics in designing experiments and making observations – and interpret and understand them. You will also be able to explain the different types of information obtainable from observations across the entire electromagnetic spectrum from gamma rays to radio waves.

You will discover the home of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) during your visit to the historic Royal Observatory in Greenwich (founded in the 1670s by King Charles II), and you will be able to stand astride the Prime Meridian, where zero degrees longitude is marked. You will also be able to carry out real astronomical observations using the optical telescopes in-house at the QMUL observatory.... [-]


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