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Virtual Winter Festival - Life and Physical Sciences, Short Course

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    Application Deadline
  • 5 days
    Duration
University rank #3 (ARWU) Online
Virtual Winter Festival of Learning is taking place between 18-29 January 2021 and offers a wide variety of courses in Physical Sciences subject area, delivered online by leading Cambridge academics and guest subject specialists.  
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Overview

Taught through pre-recorded video sessions and a dedicated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), the courses are designed to introduce you to new subjects or further your studies in familiar topics. 

You will have access to a number of academic resources and can engage with your Course Directors and fellow students on online forums. 

Below is a selection of courses on offer.

Week One courses:

  • Fundamentals of climate change and air pollution 
  • Windows to the Universe
  • Materials and our environment: striving for sustainability 
  • Medieval Science: The not-so-Dark Ages? 
  • Immunology and Infection: a beginner’s guide 
  • Stellar evolution
  • How biotechnologies are changing science and the way we live

Week Two courses:

  • Medieval Science: How the Middle Ages paved the way for modern science
  • An introduction to cryptography
  • Disruptive technologies

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 5 days
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Course content will normally amount to around 1.5hrs per day across the 5 days, comprising material delivered by the Course Director, reading/activities, and discussions on the course discussion forum. You may need to complete reading or any other preparation suggested in advance of the course.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

Below is a selection of courses on offer.

Week One

  • Fundamentals of climate change and air pollution 
  • Windows to the Universe
  • Materials and our environment: striving for sustainability 
  • Medieval Science: The not-so-Dark Ages? 
  • Immunology and Infection: a beginner’s guide 
  • Stellar evolution
  • How biotechnologies are changing science and the way we live

Week Two 

  • Medieval Science: How the Middle Ages paved the way for modern science
  • An introduction to cryptography
  • Disruptive technologies
  • Windows to the Universe

Lecturers

  • Dr Alex Archibald
  • Dr Matthew Bothwell
  • Dr Darshil Shah
  • Dr Seb Falk
  • Dr Tom Monie
  • Dr Robin Catchpole
  • Dr Charlie Morgan
  • Dr James Grime
  • Dr Oliver Hadeler

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • The Virtual Winter Festival of Learning is open to students aged 18-80+. 
  • To ensure that all participants are able to enjoy the courses, you will need to be confident understanding and following arguments presented in written and spoken English at University level. If English is not your native language, you will need to satisfy yourself that you have an appropriate level of English language proficiency in line with the following recommended tests (achieved in the same sitting and no more than 2 years before the date of booking):
  • IELTS Academic or IELTS Academic for UKVI: Overall band score of 6.5 or above (with no less than 6.5 in each of the four individual components)
  • CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency): Grade C or above or 200 points overall on the Cambridge English Scale
  • CAE (Cambridge English Advanced): Grade A or B or 193 points overall on the Cambridge English Scale

Tuition Fee

  • International

    149 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 149 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 5 days.
  • EU/EEA

    149 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 149 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 5 days.
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Courses cost £149 each. Anyone signing up for one or more courses gets free access to the talks.

Funding

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