A group photo taken after a guest speakers lecture

Attend guest lectures to hear from the leaders in their field, then gain the chance to network with our leading academics with drinks and nibbles.

A female student in an Imperial laboratory

In small groups you will design and implement your own experimental plans in a supervised lab setting.

A group of students engaging in a teaching session

Explore a wealth of topics in biomedicine through interactive taught themes.

Gain hands-on laboratory experience during the mini-research project

A group of Summer School students participating in a social event

Interact with students from across the globe and build future networks.

Revolutionise your summer with our three-week mini-research laboratory project with mini courses and guest lectures, enabling you to explore cutting-edge research, technology and the future of biomedicine. 

Mini courses 

The style of the Summer School is interactive, and you can expect to work in partnership with the course tutors and other students. You will study three 'mini courses' covering a range of themes from the population, to the molecular level.  No prior knowledge is expected as the summer school is designed to stretch and challenge you to work in novel ways and develop not only your scientific skills but also your confidence. This year's mini courses include the following themes:

  • Brain, neurotransmission, and pharmacology
  • Cancer, molecular therapies, and cell metabolism
  • Gametes, cell signalling and epigenetics

Mini-research project

Our immune system consists of organs, cells and molecules that provide us with a remarkable defence system against all kinds of pathogens. Some cells of the immune system protect us against viruses. These cells can directly kill virally infected cells, but they can also survive in our body for our whole life to protect us against the same virus as many times as required.  

In the Mini-research project, you will work in small groups to design your own experimental plans. In a supervised lab environment, you will then stimulate immune cells under your chosen experimental conditions, measure the results of the stimulation quantitatively and qualitatively, analyse your data, and discuss your lab report with the course team. You will get hands-on experience in experimental design and statistics, cell culture, protein extraction, ELISA, and flow cytometry.

Guest speakers and networking events

In addition to the main course there will be a series of guest lectures by Imperial College scientists, who are leaders in their fields. They will share their latest research and work with you and you will also have the opportunity to directly ask your own questions. This will be followed by a chance to network with the academics at a drinks reception afterwards. We will be announcing the names of this year's guest speakers on this web page.

You will also have the opportunity to reflect on your future in bioscience through our always-popular symposium event, where you can speak to our current Master's students to gain an insight into life as a postgraduate student at Imperial.

2 column general content block - assessment and timetable

A male student on the academic programme of the Revolutions in Biomedicine Summer School


The course carries 7.5 ECTS credits (3-4 US), subject to your home institution approval. 

In order to gain academic credit, students must attend a minimum of 80% of the course and gain an aggregate score of at least 40% in the following assessments:

  • Lab project report, presentation and peer marking.

The assessment is optional.

Typical day

Classes take place Monday to Friday and social activities will take place in evenings and on the weekend. A typical day could be:

  • 09.00-12.30 Morning session
  • 12.30-13.30 Lunch break
  • 13.30-16.30 Afternoon session
  • Evening -  Guest lecture, free time or social activities

Course location

The Summer School is based at Imperial College, London. We have multiple campuses, all located within Central London and West London. The main campus for this course is the Hammersmith Campus.