Sutton Trust students

At a glance

This year 12 residential summer school is designed to give students a taste of what it’s like to study at Imperial. Over the course of a week, you’ll increase your subject knowledge, gain practical skills and work in groups just like real university students.

This summer school is fully funded (free to successful applicants), which includes all course fees, materials, accommodation, three meals a day as well as any trips that are part of the summer school. We will also reimburse your travel to and from the summer school (by public transport), but you will need to make your own travel arrangements. If your application is successful, we will provide further guidance on travel.

What will I study?

When you apply, you choose one of nine subject strands to study from the list below and can select the one that interests you the most.

We’ve created each subject strand to reflect the choice of subjects you can study at Imperial. The content of each strand is similar to what our undergraduate students cover in their first year.

You’ll also have the chance to take part in practical workshops throughout the week where you will learn new skills, under the guidance of College staff and current undergraduate students.

College staff are on-hand to answer any questions you have about choosing your course, applying to Imperial and student finance.

At the end of the week, you join a small group of fellow students and have the opportunity to present a concept you’ve learned from your subject strand to a panel of judges and guests. This is a great chance for you to develop some of the key skills you will use at university – like presenting and working in groups.

When will I study?

You have a choice of two dates (each a week long). When you apply you will be asked to select one of the following weeks and one of the subject strands available:

WEEK 1: 20 – 24 July 2020

Subjects Include

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Earth and Planetary Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Molecular Bioengineering


WEEK 2:  27 – 31 July 2020

Subjects Include

  • Chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics 

Entry requirements

There are subject-specific entry requirements for each subject strand. Please visit the Sutton Trust Website for more information.

Got a question?

If you have any queries in regards to your application or summer schools in general, please see our General FAQs in the first instance.

If your query is not answered in the FAQs, please email us via or phone +44 (0) 20 7594 7328.

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Further info

Eligibility criteria

This programme is fully funded by Imperial College London and the Sutton Trust, therefore eligibility criteria apply. Please visit the Sutton Trust Website for the list of eligibility criteria.

How to apply

2021 TBC

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