The University of Edinburgh Summer School

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Join us for a summer of opportunities in Edinburgh.

It has been said that Edinburgh is a city that is the size of a town, which feels like a village. But don't let our compact size fool you! Very few places are as exciting as Edinburgh during the summer months.

Studying at the University of Edinburgh Summer School is the perfect way to enjoy one of the world's most unique cities. Our varied social programme lets you experience the best of the city, while our class schedules give plenty of free time to explore. You could even opt for an extra few days here to truly immerse yourself in the culture, history, and vibrant atmosphere that Edinburgh has to offer.

In the summer, you'll enjoy the city at the height of its festival calendar, absorb new influences, and meet like-minded people from around the world as you embrace our exciting and enchanting city. When you join us for the Summer School you will have the opportunity to get involved with and enjoy some of the city’s finest festivals alongside your studies. If you join us in August, you will have the amazing opportunity to see the Edinburgh Fringe - the world's largest arts festival - in action.

Social Programme

The Summer School social programme lets you experience the best of Edinburgh. With our handpicked social and cultural activities, you can explore the history, traditions, and beauty of Scotland, while meeting new friends from across the world.

From unmissable sightseeing tours of Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse - the Queen's official Scottish residence - to art workshops and a ghost tour, the social programme includes something for everyone.

With a beautiful backdrop of city, countryside and ocean, you can enjoy an enriching social and cultural adventure to complement your academic course.

At the weekend, we also offer trips to some of Scotland's most iconic locations with our trusted partner. Find out more about our optional travel.

Fees

A number of fee packages are available for the Summer School.

All fee packages include tuition costs, the social programme, and your chosen accommodation option.

Costs are listed per week. To calculate your total cost, select your package type, then multiply this cost by the number of weeks in your course.

e.g. A student selecting a Silver package for a 4-week course in June, with no discount, would calculate:

£757 x 4 weeks = £3028 total cost

Deposit

To secure your place at the Summer School, you will be required to pay a deposit of £250 (for credit courses) or £125 (for non-credit courses). This deposit can be reclaimed towards your fee package.

The deposit includes a £50 non-refundable application fee.

Special rates

  • A limited early bird offer is available to students who submit their application and deposit before 31 January 2017. If you submit your application to the Summer School before January 31, and your application is subsequently accepted, a 10% discount on tuition fees will be applied to your booking. An increased discount is available to early bird applicants from valued partner insitutions of the University of Edinburgh.

** Special rates are available for students from valued partner insitutions of the University of Edinburgh.

This school offers programs in:
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Programs

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Summer courses

Summer Course in Architecture and Urban Design Studio 1

Campus Full time 3 weeks July 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh

Providing an introduction to postgraduate study in architecture, this three week studio-based design programme gives you the opportunity to explore and experiment with contemporary architectural and urban design. [+]

Description

Providing an introduction to postgraduate study in architecture, this three week studio-based design programme gives you the opportunity to explore and experiment with contemporary architectural and urban design.

Edinburgh’s historical urban development is well documented. Using methodological prompts from key theorists and practitioners including pioneering town planner Patrick Geddes, a former lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, the course will be framed around a small design project situated within the city.

The design project will require you to develop an understanding of the range of scales between people, buildings, city and metropolitan landscape, combining creative fieldwork with interpretive historical paradigmatic research and design. You will have the chance to develop your techniques in creative fieldwork, using specific artefacts and sites of study to assess the context of the design project and the relevant spatial interventions and urban design principles.... [-]


Summer Course in Architecture and Urban Design Studio 2

Campus 5 weeks July 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh

Providing an introduction to postgraduate study in architecture, this five week studio-based design programme gives you the opportunity to explore and experiment with contemporary architectural and urban design. [+]

Description

Providing an introduction to postgraduate study in architecture, this five week studio-based design programme gives you the opportunity to explore and experiment with contemporary architectural and urban design.

Edinburgh’s historical urban development is well documented. Using methodological prompts from key theorists and practitioners including pioneering town planner Patrick Geddes, a former lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, the course will be framed around a small design project situated within the city.

The design project will require you to develop an understanding of the range of scales between people, buildings, city and metropolitan landscape, combining creative fieldwork with interpretive historical paradigmatic research and design. You will have the chance to develop your techniques in creative fieldwork, using specific artefacts and sites of study to assess the context of the design project and the relevant spatial interventions and urban design principles.... [-]


Summer Course in Business Communication and Social Media

Campus 2 weeks July 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh

The course is divided into two interconnected sections. The first section considers social media functionalities and social media strategies for marketing and corporate dialogue. You will look at a range of the major social media platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube, and their influence and use in business contexts. In the second part of the course, you will be introduced to the most relevant Internet standards to support data and interactions between users, both internal and external to a company or organisation. [+]

Business Communication and Social Media

Analyse how the constantly changing social media environment can impact on business

Description

Social media is becoming ever more popular. Recent studies demonstrate its importance in contributing to the increased corporate transparency of international companies, accepted as one of the key factors for future economic stability.

Understanding the main functionalities of social media and how it can be used by an international company has become a necessity not only for students of business and law but other disciplines too.

The course is divided into two interconnected sections. The first section considers social media functionalities and social media strategies for marketing and corporate dialogue. You will look at a range of the major social media platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube, and their influence and use in business contexts.... [-]


Summer Course in Culture and Society in the Scottish Enlightenment

Campus 2 weeks July 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh

The course is interdisciplinary: thinkers such as David Hume and Adam Smith studied and wrote on a wide range of academic disciplines, on the basis that each discipline is helpful to shed explanatory light on the others. This is a traditional Scottish approach to study, which predates the Scottish Enlightenment – and it is the approach which this course will adopt. As philosophy was the central discipline of the Scottish Enlightenment, a philosophical approach will be used to consider each of the other key themes and developments. [+]

Culture and Society in the Scottish Enlightenment

Explore 18th Century Edinburgh and its world-leading ideas

Description

This course will let you explore the culture and society of 18th century Edinburgh and how this context led to the major developments in the Scottish Enlightenment.

You will be introduced to the social, political, and religious thought of the period and investigate key areas of development in the Scottish Enlightement, inlcuding philosophy, aesthetics, medicine, and literature. Special consideration will also be given to the influence of Scottish thinking on America, and the circumstances which led to the eclipse of Enlightenment thinking.

The course is interdisciplinary: thinkers such as David Hume and Adam Smith studied and wrote on a wide range of academic disciplines, on the basis that each discipline is helpful to shed explanatory light on the others. This is a traditional Scottish approach to study, which predates the Scottish Enlightenment – and it is the approach which this course will adopt. As philosophy was the central discipline of the Scottish Enlightenment, a philosophical approach will be used to consider each of the other key themes and developments. ... [-]


Summer Course in Debating International Relations

Campus 4 weeks July 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh

Debating International Relations will introduce you to the major principles, concepts, actors, and theories of the international system. Using examples from the world today, you will learn how apply this theory to current debates, issues, and conflicts to gain an objective and informed view. [+]

Debating International Relations

Apply political theories and concepts to today's major global issues and debates

Description

Debating International Relations will introduce you to the major principles, concepts, actors, and theories of the international system. Using examples from the world today, you will learn how apply this theory to current debates, issues, and conflicts to gain an objective and informed view.

The course is divided into two parts. In the first part, you will examine a number of theoretical approaches drawn from different intellectual traditions in the discipline, including classical and contemporary realism, liberalism, and radical approaches to international relations, as well as contemporary debates on power and globalisation.... [-]


Summer Course in Edinburgh: City of Literature

Campus 4 weeks June 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh

Edinburgh has an amazingly rich literary heritage and was the first city in the world to receive UNESCO City of Literature status. This course examines some of Edinburgh's most celebrated literary talents, some Edinburgh locals and other Edinburgh visitors. [+]

Edinburgh: City of Literature

Discover the city through the works of its most renowned writers

Description

Edinburgh has an amazingly rich literary heritage and was the first city in the world to receive UNESCO City of Literature status. This course examines some of Edinburgh's most celebrated literary talents, some Edinburgh locals and other Edinburgh visitors.

Alongside works by among others Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ian Rankin, Muriel Spark and Irvine Welsh, the course will explore these writers' presence in the city through manuscript collections and objects in the National Libraries and Museums of Scotland and the Edinburgh Writers' Museum.

We will also follow their footsteps through the city and see how their presence has been marked with monuments, plaques and other forms of cultural heritage. We will consider how these writers represent the city in their works and how it has shaped their writing.... [-]


Summer Course in Film Studies & the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Campus 4 weeks June 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh

Film Studies and the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) introduces students to central concepts of film study and includes exclusive access to the Edinburgh International Film Festival. [+]

Film Studies & the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Become a film industry insider with exclusive festival access

Description

Film Studies and the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) introduces students to central concepts of film study and includes exclusive access to the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Weeks One and Four will introduce you to film theory including film criticism, genre, national cinemas, director-centred approaches, identity, socio-politics and related philosophical issues.

In Weeks Two and Three, you will have the unique opportunity to apply the knowledge you have aleady gained to to a variety of selected festival films and events, beginning with the Opening Night Gala. With your Student Delegate Pass, you will have access to iction feature films, documentaries, film retrospectives, industry and In Person events, including UK or World premieres at the EIFF.... [-]


Summer Course in Introduction to Sociology

Campus 2 weeks July 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh

Introduction to Sociology looks at what sociology can do. Sociologists find out about how people live in and think about the world, they generate or apply theories about social life, they analyse how groups portray themselves and others, and critique inequality and injustice. [+]

Introduction to Sociology

Exploring the basis of sociological theory and challenging understandings of society

Description

Introduction to Sociology looks at what sociology can do. Sociologists find out about how people live in and think about the world, they generate or apply theories about social life, they analyse how groups portray themselves and others, and critique inequality and injustice.

You will consider how contemporary sociologists work with key concepts and thinkers in engaging with the social world in these ways and will gain an understanding of the key purposes, concepts, methods and areas of inquiry in contemporary sociology.

The course will introduce you to the principles - as well as some in-class experience - of core methods of social scientific research: survey research, qualitative interviews, ethnography and textual analysis. We will look at examples of research from a range of countries across a range of areas, including the body, young adults, gender, inequality, violence and the environment.... [-]


Summer Course in Learning Across the Curriculum: On Foot through Edinburgh

Campus 3 weeks July 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh

Taking a multi-disciplinary approach, Learning Across the Curriculum is designed to give you the tools with which to teach and learn across the curriculum in an outdoor context. It will provide you with an initial step towards incorporating outdoor learning into your current or future teaching career. The course does not aim to train you as an outdoor specialist, but aims to provide some understanding of the benefits, processes, and skills related to learning in the outdoors. [+]

Learning Across the Curriculum: On Foot through Edinburgh

Experience how outdoor learning can enhance education

Description

Learning Across the Curriculum offers aspiring educators of all kinds the tools to incorporate outdoor learning into their teaching and curriculum planning.

Despite the increasing bodies of research and policy that highlight the educational, social, and health benefits of outdoor learning in the development of young people, many educators are not well placed to support this form of learning.

Taking a multi-disciplinary approach, Learning Across the Curriculum is designed to give you the tools with which to teach and learn across the curriculum in an outdoor context. It will provide you with an initial step towards incorporating outdoor learning into your current or future teaching career. The course does not aim to train you as an outdoor specialist, but aims to provide some understanding of the benefits, processes, and skills related to learning in the outdoors.... [-]


Summer Course in The Global Impact of Sport

Campus 4 weeks July 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh

It is impossible to understand Scotland without acknowledging the place and impact of sport. Sport is a significant part of Scottish cultural heritage. It helps to link the Scottish diaspora from Scotland to Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia, to name but a few places. [+]

The Global Impact of Sport

Exploring the relationship between sport, heritage, and culture, in Scotland and beyond

Description

It is impossible to understand Scotland without acknowledging the place and impact of sport. Sport is a significant part of Scottish cultural heritage. It helps to link the Scottish diaspora from Scotland to Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia, to name but a few places.

It provides an informed practical insight into how sport is increasingly being used as a cost effective social tool involved in addressing many of the world’s social and humanitarian issues. It is part of the social, cultural, economic and political fabric of many countries that makes it a potent force for good and bad. It has been a catalyst in starting wars, promoting peace and international reconciliation, enabling health. ... [-]


The Scottish Enlightenment in Context

Campus Full time 4 - 4 weeks June 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh

In this course, you will consider the key developments of the Scottish Enlightenment in areas including philosophy, ethics, social and political thought, historiography, medical science, aesthetics, literature, and religious thinking. You will also have the opportunity to assess the influence of Scottish thinking on America, and the circumstances which led to the eclipse of Enlightenment thinking. [+]

Introducing students to the central themes, issues and theories of the Scottish Enlightenment, there will be a particular emphasis on the enduring relevance of the Enlightenment. Students will examine current approaches to the Scottish Enlightenment, and areas of contemporary debate among scholars. The course also aims to enhance students’ critical, discursive and analytical skills.

The course is interdisciplinary: thinkers such as David Hume and Adam Smith studied and wrote on a wide range of academic disciplines, each discipline shedding explanatory light on the others. This is a traditional Scottish approach to study, which predates the Scottish Enlightenment. Philosophy was the central discipline of the Scottish Enlightenment – and it will similarly be central to our studies.... [-]


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