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 2017 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. For students planning to enrol on a postgraduate course – such as the University of Edinburgh’s MSc in Architectural and Urban Design – a credit-bearing version of this course is available, which can constitute a 20-credit optional module to be carried forward. Who should choose this course? This course is ideal for students with a background in architecture or urban design who are considering postgraduate study. A high level of drawing skills will provide an excellent platform for obtaining the most from this course. Students must possess a first degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and/or Urban Design. A portfolio must be submitted as part of the course application. The University... [-]

Summer Course in Architecture and Urban Design Studio 2

Campus 5 weeks July 2017 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. You will have the opportunity to work in a studio environment to develop your own portfolio for use in further study or in your career. For students not planning to enrol on a postgraduate course, but who would like to sample postgraduate-level study, a three week non-credit version of this course is available. Who should choose this course? This course is ideal for students with a background in architecture or urban design who are considering postgraduate study. A high level of drawing skills will provide an excellent platform for obtaining the most from this course. Students must possess a first degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and/or Urban Design. A portfolio... [-]

Summer Course in Behind the Scenes and Screens: Edinburgh and London

Campus June 2017 United Kingdom Edinburgh

Behind the Scenes and Screens brings together two of the most exciting courses from the University of Edinburgh and University of the Arts London. You’ll have exclusive access to one of the world’s premiere film festivals and some of London’s most famous theatres, and will have the chance to explore both of these spectacular capital cities. [+]

Behind the Scenes and Screens: Edinburgh and London Gain backstage access and exclusive insight into the film and theatre industries Description Behind the Scenes and Screens brings together two of the most exciting courses from the University of Edinburgh and University of the Arts London. You’ll have exclusive access to one of the world’s premiere film festivals and some of London’s most famous theatres, and will have the chance to explore both of these spectacular capital cities. Your first four weeks will be spent in Edinburgh, Scotland’s festival city, where Film Studies and the Edinburgh International Film Festival will introduce you to central concepts of film including criticism, theory, and philosophy. With a Student Delegate Pass to the Festival, you can apply your new critical knowledge by attending a variety of screenings, premieres, and panels. Reflecting on your experience of the film industry, tutorials and writing workshops will help you develop your skills in critical film analysis and commentary. You will then travel to London in luxury, with first class train travel provided for you and your coursemates. The second part of the course offers you the opportunity to engage with theatrical London through an intensive three week programme. From the historic Globe Theatre and the Royal National Theatre, to the innovative and radical Royal Court Theatre, London offers a huge range and variety of performance spaces. Combining practical workshops and discussion groups with site visits, backstage tours and performances, ‘London Theatre: Behind the Scenes’ will give you rare access... [-]

Summer Course in Business Communication and Social Media

Campus 2 weeks July 2017 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. 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. You will have the opportunity to key topics in business use of social media including Web 2.0, the main social media platforms today, social media use by international companies and organizations, corporate dialogue, and social media strategies and metrics. Teaching Course format The course will be taught using a mixture of lectures and seminars. Assessment Informal assessment will take place through group discussion, classroom activities, questions and answers sessions as guided by tutor. Course Organiser Dr Michaela Bednárová completed her Ph.D. in Management and... [-]

Summer Course in Culture and Society in the Scottish Enlightenment

Campus 2 weeks July 2017 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. You will consider the enduring relevance of the Enlightenment, including current approaches to its study, and areas of contemporary debate among scholars. This approach will let you enhance your critical, discursive and analytical skills. There will be the opportunity for guided tours of museums and galleries, as well as locations in Edinburgh which relate to the period of the Scottish Enlightenment. You will also take... [-]

Summer Course in Debating International Relations

Campus 4 weeks June 2017 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. You will then be able to apply these theories to current policy issues such as terrorism and security, human rights, governance and global institutions, the environment and poverty and development. The second part will focus on the current role of Scotland and the UK within the context of international relations. With the recent Brexit referendum decision – where the UK voted to leave the European Union – special focus will be given to examining how this major relationship shift will affect systems within the UK, the EU, and internationally. You will gain a deep understanding of the EU’s development as a political system, and explores issues surrounding the Union’s recent enlargements as well as its general role in international relations. Who should choose this course? This course will appeal to any student interested in politics, international relations, and international legal and political... [-]

Summer Course in Edinburgh: City of Literature

Campus 4 weeks June 2017 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. Students will require an advanced command of the English language in order to fully participate in the reading, writing and discursive elements of this course. Successful applicants will require a minimum of IELTS academic module overall 7.0, with 6.0 in each component. Teaching Course format Your studies will include: Close critical reading of passages from texts Small group working Setting literature in historical, social and political context Advance preparation of material for class including work for essays and class discussion Wide reading. Students will be encouraged to work around the subject by reading relevant secondary material Assessment Formative essay of 1000 words to be delivered... [-]

Summer Course in Energy: Technologies and Transitions

Campus 4 weeks June 2017 United Kingdom Edinburgh

Using this cross-disciplinary expertise, you will learn to appraise sometimes-conflicting information and opinions to shape an informed world-view of today’s energy. You will have the opportunity to see real technological advances and research happening within the University of Edinburgh and across the city with our academic excursions. [+]

Energy: Technologies and Transitions Discover the innovative technologies being developed to fuel our world and protect the planet Description In December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal, committing to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 – 2 degrees. Achieving this will require an almost complete transition to sustainable energy sources by 2050. Providing a broad and balanced view of “the energy scene” – the technologies that will support this transition – Energy: Technologies and Transitions will draw upon the leading contributions that University of Edinburgh Engineers and Scientists are making to key areas including wave, wind and solar energies, energy storage, and carbon management. Using this cross-disciplinary expertise, you will learn to appraise sometimes-conflicting information and opinions to shape an informed world-view of today’s energy. You will have the opportunity to see real technological advances and research happening within the University of Edinburgh and across the city with our academic excursions. Through examining these developments and concepts, you will be able to assess the pros and cons of different energy approaches and how they may impact on the future health of our planet. Who should choose this course? The course is suitable for students studying any science, engineering or mathematics degree programme, who would like to gain practical and forward-thinking knowledge about an exciting area of scientific development with real-life impact. Teaching Course format The course will be delivered through a blend of classroom-based work and follow-up work such as laboratory activities, group discussions... [-]

Summer Course in Film Studies & the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Campus 4 weeks June 2017 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. After each screening, you will take part in tutorials where you can apply key concepts in film theory and criticism when discussing the film. You will also have the opportunity to work with local students at the Festival in Week Three, who will be participating in the An Insight into the EIFF course provided by the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Open Learning. Writing workshops throughout the course will give you the opportunity to develop your film criticism and journalism. The University of Edinburgh also runs Postgraduate programmes of Film Studies. Teaching Course format Week 1: Introduction to Film Study the first week of the course will introduce you to formal concepts useful for the study of... [-]

Summer Course in Introduction to Sociology

Campus 2 weeks July 2017 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. Teaching Course format This course will be taught using a combination of lectures and discursive seminars. International case studies will be used to illustrate key theories and developments in sociological study. Assessment Informal assessment will take place through group discussion, class room activities, questions and answers sessions as guided by tutor. Course organiser Dr Sharani Osborn is a tutor in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. Her most recent research was funded by the ESRC and focussed on how men understand the place of fatherhood in the life course and the factors shaping decisions... [-]

Summer Course in Investment, Securities and Psychology of Finance

Campus 4 weeks June 2017 United Kingdom Edinburgh

Finance plays a central role in almost all business decisions. Issues of valuation and risk are central to many decisions facing firms. Discounted cash flow techniques, time value of money, capital budgeting and risk, and other such concepts have entered into the business vocabulary and are used with varying degrees of knowledge and accuracy. [+]

Investment, Securities and Psychology of Finance Analyse financial decisions and the behaviour behind them Description Part One: Investment and Securities Finance plays a central role in almost all business decisions. Issues of valuation and risk are central to many decisions facing firms. Discounted cash flow techniques, time value of money, capital budgeting and risk, and other such concepts have entered into the business vocabulary and are used with varying degrees of knowledge and accuracy. The first part of this course will provide a foundation in financial decision making – and an understanding of the techniques of financial analysis. It introduces the key elements of financial management and provides an outline of how to carry out financial evaluations of business decisions. It covers both descriptive material on financial markets, institutions and instruments, and analytical material on the assessment of projects and the valuation of securities. Part Two: Psychology of Finance The second part of the course is focussed on the psychology of finance, and is divided into three parts. The first part gives an introduction to several key strands of finance from a theoretical and practical perspective, which lays the foundation for for the second part in basic investments. These two parts together serve as an excellent launch pad for the final part in behavioural finance which brings finance and investment theory to life. The final part has been designed to provide an overview of an exciting new and fast growing area in finance, the psychology of finance, which is based... [-]

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

Campus 3 weeks July 2017 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. Through practical exercises in curriculum planning and teaching in outdoor contexts, you will have the chance to experience outdoor education in context and assess the impact on your learning. The course will involve exploring the richly-storied human and ecological landscape that is Edinburgh’s Water of Leith. Aspects of the course content are driven by students’ unfolding curiosity about the history, geography, mathematics, and science that they encounter on their journeys through Edinburgh. In terms of educational policy, the course reflects the recommendations of Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning (Education Scotland, 2010). The ways in which theory and... [-]

Summer Course in New Directions in Second Language Teaching

Campus 3 weeks June 2017 United Kingdom Edinburgh

This course provides a fantastic introduction to the latest pedagogical and research developments in the fields of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Second Language Teaching in general. It will introduce you to the latest topics and issues that concern TESOL and Second Language Teaching professionals at the moment. You will be able to explore these exciting fields of research and practice in both global and micro-level contexts, and investigate approaches that focus on language itself. [+]

New Directions in Second Language Teaching An introduction to current theories and practices in TESOL and second language teaching Description This course provides a fantastic introduction to the latest pedagogical and research developments in the fields of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Second Language Teaching in general. It will introduce you to the latest topics and issues that concern TESOL and Second Language Teaching professionals at the moment. You will be able to explore these exciting fields of research and practice in both global and micro-level contexts, and investigate approaches that focus on language itself. The foundation of the course will be the evidence base of TESOL and Second Language Teaching, which looks at the practical implications for learning and teaching in a range of diverse contexts. It will draw on your own experience and knowledge, including your background, interests and career direction. You will also have the opportunity to research aspects of the field, e.g. through the use of corpora or collecting data in a natural setting. There may also be opportunities to observe practitioners or experiment with pedagogies in practical microteaching tasks. Who should choose this course? This course is ideal for English Language Teaching professionals and other language teachers who are looking to reflect on their practice in light of the latest developments in the fields of TESOL and Second Language Teaching. Students who have recently graduated (or who are working towards their undergraduate studies) and are wanting to explore key concepts and... [-]

Summer Course in The Global Impact of Sport

Campus 4 weeks July 2017 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 Global Impact of Sport is build around two broad themes: Sport, Heritage and Scottish Culture examines the contribution that Scotland has made to different worlds of sport. It takes the learner on a critical journey from St Andrew’s and the home of golf, to the National Football Museum and the oldest international fixture in the world, to unique sports settings in the borders, the western isles and the Highlands, to Braemar and the Royal Highland Games but also where Scottish sporting culture, icons and émigré’s have travelled and why. Sport and Global Affairs identifies and analyses the way in which sport is being used today by the United Nations, UNICEF, the World Bank, the World Health... [-]

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