At a glance

This non-residential programme aims to provide participants with an insight into the exciting world of study and research that we are proud of here at Imperial College London.  Participants can apply to one of the following departments:

During the five day programme participants will get an insight into studying their chosen subject at Imperial College London and be introduced to current research being conducted within their chosen department as well as meeting the researchers involved.  They will have access to research and teaching laboratories, workshops and specialist technical suites.

Please note that each department runs their own timetable and the content of each stream varies.

As well as experiencing the world of academic research, students will also be given talks relevant to applying to university covering topics such as writing effective personal statements and interview skills.  Students will also meet undergraduate students studying within their department of choice.

At the end of the week there will be an academic-style conference where students will work in small groups to present a poster and short oral presentation about their time on the programme to their peers, leaders and invited guests.

Please note that there are specific A-level (or equivalent) subject requirements for each department as follows:

  • To apply for Electrical and Electronic Engineering you need to be studying Maths and Physics.
  • To apply for Life Sciences you need to be studying either Biology or Chemistry and another Science or Maths.
  • To apply for Materials you need to be studying Maths and either Chemistry or Physics.
  • To apply for Mathematics you need to be studying Maths and Further Maths.
  • To apply for National Heart and Lung Institute you need to be studying Biology.
  • To apply for Physics you need to be studying Physics and Maths.

Please note that placements within Life Sciences and the National Heart and Lung Institute are aimed at those wanting to study Life Sciences (e.g. biology, biochemistry, biological sciences, ecology and microbiology) and not prospective medical students. This work experience programme will not aid an application to study Medicine and guidance on finding appropriate work experience placements can be found on the Medical Schools Council website.

This summer school is fully funded (free to successful applicants), which includes all course fees, materials as well as lunch.


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 therefore Eligibility Criteria 2020‌ apply.

How to apply

2021 TBC