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Interested in finance? Do you have a passion for Psychology? A legal mind? Or are you looking to pioneer sustainability? We have a course to suit you. Courses run from 5-9 July 2021.

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Our online summer school courses give you chance to challenge yourself, explore new areas and grow your knowledge.

We have a variety of courses available for you to study online from the comfort of your own home. Take a look at what's available...

Financial Markets and Investment Analysis

On successful completion of this course you will receive the Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) certificate.*

Join this course for a practical overview of the global financial markets and examine some of the common financial asset classes.

Gain the skills required to analyse financial assets and exploit market opportunities.

During this course you will explore:

  • Asset Classes and Financial Instruments
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Economic Indicators and the Yield Curve
  • Fixed Income Analysis
  • Equity Valuation and Portfolio Analysis

This course is ideal for Year 1 and 2 undergraduate students on Accounting and Finance, and Economics programmes.
You will learn with NTU NOW Learning Room, MS Teams and The Bloomberg for Education portal.

*students will need to complete the course outside the scheduled GSS Lectures and seminars to obtain this certificate.

Solomon_DekuCourse tutor: Dr Solomon Deku, Nottingham Business School

EROS International

*Limited to selected Engineering partners

Together with our UG students in the Department of Engineering, you will work on real-world problems while gaining problem solving skills in an international context and working across different academic disciplines, time zones and cultures.

Connect with other undergraduate students to work on Engineering research projects in the areas of:

  • Smart Wearables,
  • Smart Materials,
  • Human Factors,
  • Digital Innovation,
  • Digital Human,
  • Medical Engineering Design
  • Advanced Optics and Photonics.

This course is ideal for Undergraduate Mechanical, Electronic, Biomedical and Sport Engineering students.
You will learn with MS Teams, MS Whiteboard, MS forms, Flipgrid, Kahoot and Padlet.

Yvonne ReinwaldCourse tutors: Dr Yvonne Reinwald, School of Science and Technology.

Dr Hemantha Kodikara  Arachchi, Dr Ahmed Tamkin Butt, Dr Edward Causton, Dr Mehdi Zeinalighayeshghoorshagh, Dr Arooj Mubashara Siddiqui, School of Science and Technology.

Sociology of Global Health & Development

Critical exploration of reverse knowledge innovation and action in global health and development.

Challenge the traditional assumptions around the production of the flow of knowledge, particularly within the global health and development arenas. Critically appraise different modes of knowledge production and construction and how this influences global health and development practice.

You will be introduced to the concepts of reverse knowledge innovation as a way of fostering mutual learning and applying other forms of knowledge. This course will be delivered in collaboration with the Universities of Ouaga II, Burkina Faso, West Africa, Makerere University, Uganda, and the University of Minnesota, USA.

This course is ideal for undergraduate students with an interest in this area.

You will learn using Zoom and Padlet.

Linda GibsonCourse tutors: Dr Linda Gibson, School of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University,

Dr Natewinde Sawadogo, Thomas Sankara University, Burkina Faso and Dr David Musoke, School of Public Health, Makerere University, Uganda and Dr Marzell Gray, University of Minnesota, USA.

Financial Mathematics

Explore the main topics in Financial Mathematics, your mathematical understanding of the financial products used in financial industries, and improve your confidence when dealing with mathematical models and problems.

This course is ideal for Business students who want to improve their mathematical understanding, and mathematics students who are considering a career in Finance.

You will cover:

  • Applications of geometric series – annuities, sinking funds, mortgage and debt repayments
  • Options – general properties, put/call parity, bounds on option prices, option pricing using the binomial model – the Cox-Ross-Rubinstein form and looking at real life data
  • The Black-Scholes formula for pricing derivatives looking at model, assumptions, disadvantages of its use, and using real life examples.

You will learn using MS Teams and NTU NOW Learning Room.

Zuzana HuckiCourse tutor: Dr Zuzana Hucki, School of Science and Technology

The Transformational Leader and the Sustainable Development Goals

Be a transformational leader – be part of the solution! This online course, based in the 4th most sustainable university in the world, explores leadership and contemporary challenges through the lens of the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Join this innovative course to explore what it takes to be a transformational leader in view of the sustainability challenges facing the world right now.  Look at how different academic disciplines are tackling global issues and the potential for multi-disciplinary collaboration to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. You will participate in debates, discussions, lectures, seminars and games, and have the opportunity to undertake cutting-edge Carbon Literacy Training.

"We are preparing an exciting sustainability and leadership programme to enable you to ‘be the change you want to see’ in the world. We look forward to welcoming you to Summer School." Helen Puntha, course tutor and leader of the NTU Green Academy

This course is ideal for undergraduate students with an interest in the sustainable development goals.

You will learn using MS Teams.

Helen in ArkwrightCourse Tutors: Helen Puntha, Centre for Academic Development

Prof Petra Molthan-Hill, Nottingham Business School and Quality, Vanessa Odell and Katalin Butt-Bethlendy, NTU Green Academy.

The Psychology of Positive Human Functioning 

Being Happier and More Fulfilled: Helping Yourself and Others

Join us for an exciting and transformative journey through the philosophical and practical foundations of well-being and happiness. Learn why Psychology has focused more on understanding and treating the problems people experience than exploring their strengths, well-being and uncovering their true potential. This course will address that imbalance and give you powerful insights and tools on how to enhance well-being in a sustainable and meaningful way.

This course is ideal for undergraduate students with an interest in this subject. No prior knowledge is required.

You will learn using MS Teams and Padlet.

Glen WilliamsCourse tutors: Dr Glenn Williams, School of Social Sciences

Dr Ed Griffin, School of Social Sciences.

English Legal System and Applied Skills

An interactive introduction to English law and legal practice.

Join us for an introduction to the English legal system and applied practical legal skills. This summer course will consist of a series of interactive sessions delivered by MS Teams as well as ‘virtual’ guided tours and social events.
This course is ideal for undergraduate law students from outside of the UK, and non-law students who are looking for an introduction to English Law.

You will cover topics, such as:

  • An introduction to common law and the English legal system;
  • An overview of some of the present topical issues in English law;
  • An insight into the working life of a solicitor or barrister;
  • An introduction into comparative and international law;
  • Hands-on introductions to negotiation and mediation;
  • Virtual social events.

You will learn using MS Teams.

Mark ChadwickCourse tutors: Mark Chadwick, Nottingham Law School

Andrii Zharikov, Megan Shirley Nottingham Law School

An Introduction to Environmental and Wildlife Crime

Join our course for an introduction to environmental crime and wildlife crime and how justice systems deal with and respond to current threats to the environment and non-human nature.  The course also introduces ideas in green criminology, the branch of criminology that is particularly concerned with environmental harms and crimes against the environment and animals. You will cover topics such as:

  • An introduction to green criminology
  • the causes of environmental crime and criminality
  • wildlife crime
  • climate change criminology and climate justice
  • corporate environmental crime
  • repairing environmental harms

This course is ideal for criminology and law students, and those who are looking for an introduction to environmental and wildlife crime issues and current debates in green criminology that consider how justice systems should deal with environmental harms.

This course will use MS Teams.

Course Tutor – Dr Angus Nurse, author of the books Animal Harm: Perspectives on Why People Harm and Kill Animals (Ashgate 2013) and Policing Wildlife: Perspectives on the Enforcement of Wildlife Legislation (Palgrave Macmillan 20155).


Students will be expected to spend 5 - 6 hours per day, Monday to Friday, on their Global Summer School course including social and cultural activities.

We are currently working to a schedule of ‘synchronous / live’ teaching from 2pm – 4pm UK time*, with asynchronous pre-recorded content, group work and other activities taking place before and after this time. We will update you on this as soon as we can.

*This may vary per course – we will inform students as soon as we can.


As well as an interest in your chosen subject, we expect students to:

  • Have access to high-speed internet to participate in online classes.
  • Be keen to engage with tutors and other students.
  • Commit to the hours outlined for each programme.
  • Be open to other backgrounds and cultures and be willing to share your own background.

Fees and how to apply

Applications for 2021 are now closed.

If you would like more information or would be interested in future Summer Schools, please contact us.

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Social activities

As well as your studies you will be able to join a series of virtual social events through our Virtual Global Lounge.

Events may include quizzes, games afternoons and a virtual tour of Nottingham with Robin Hood.

You’ll also take part in an exhibition at the end of the course to share your work with all the other summer school students.

Still need help?

Global Summer School
+44 (0) 115 848 8189