Summer Schools


Molecular Biology & IVF

This course offered us an in-depth study and immersion in a really stimulating research environment. It is truly intercultural and, at the same time, an interdisciplinary experience, because, not only have I met significant scientists, but also I have learnt a lot about the different aspects of the region of Kent and the capital of the UK. For anyone coming to do this course; It’s going to be unforgettable! I recommend it to all of you without any hesitation!

~ Stavroula Papageorgiou, Molecular Biology Summer School, Canterbury 2017


Have you thought about supplementing your degree with additional skills training to give you a competitive edge when you graduate?

Would you like to gain cutting edge research skills and expertise in an ever-growing and increasingly important scientific discipline?

Would you like to undertake this training within a vibrant, safe, cosmopolitan and stimulating campus environment, located in one of the most beautiful cities in the UK?

The Molecular Biology & IVF Summer School is a 2-week residential programme with the key focus each week as below:

1st Week: IVF week - Learn what it is like to generate IVF embryos with hands on experimentation.Around 1-2% of all babies in the UK are born by IVF, with varying figures in many other countries. Internationally, reproductive medicine generally, and IVF in particular, is an area in which the UK is world-leading.

2nd Week: FISH week - Learn chromosome analysis and fluorescence in-sit hybridisation

This module will thus explore the basics of lab technique and good practice, pipette making, egg collection and in-vitro maturation, sperm assessment, insemination, ICSI, embryo grading, assisted hatching, spreading and preimplantation diagnosis. For obvious reasons embryos from non-human model species (e.g. mouse, bovine, pig) will be used.

Aimed primarily at students studying on a Biology related degree. The Summer School will supplement your existing knowledge with valuable practical and applied training, and allow you to discuss research in depth with the academics who are leading experts in their area. It will prepare you for your senior year and enhance your appeal to potential employers and graduate schools.

The Molecular Biology & IVF Summer School is part of the University of Kent Summer School programme. It will allow you to make lasting connections with students from around the world, studying a range of subjects but sharing your own enthusiasm. International study will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of another culture, make lifelong friends from a wide variety of backgrounds and benefit from globally-renowned academic excellence.


For additional reasons to join us, visit our Canterbury Summer Schools overview.


Dates: Sunday 17 June - Sunday 01 July 2018

Providing School: School of Biosciences

Campus: Canterbury

Credit Transfer Option:  Equivalent to 10 Credits (ECTS 5) for transfer purposes.

Price: £1500 for two weeks. Includes tuition, accommodation, teaching materials, welcome meal, organised trips and full library access


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Last Updated: 18/10/2017