Summer STEM research projects

Do you want to develop your independent, critical thinking, and practical lab-based skills? Do you want to undertake an innovative project as part of a research group at a world-leading institution? If so, this six-week summer school is for you.

Programme dates 21 July to 28 August 2021
Application deadline Applications for 2021 are now closed.
Programme fee £5,795
What's included?

We offer a £400 discount for mobility partner students (please contact us if you are unsure about your status) and for early-bird applicants who apply by 1 April 2021.
Credits Upon successful completion of the programme students will receive 20 academic credits, suggested as equivalent to 10 ECTS or 5-6 US semester credits.

About this programme

Is it for me? 

A wide variety summer of research projects is offered across our STEM faculties, suiting students from a range of disciplines. This is a unique and exciting opportunity if you have ambitious postgraduate or career aspirations.

What will I learn? 

This is a summer school with a difference – you will build your own research pathway under the supportive supervision of our world-class researchers while gaining academic credit. You will develop your teamwork, clinical and scientific inquiry, scientific referencing, and presentation skills.

Research projects available

If you do not see a research project that fits your current academic interests, please contact us at for information about when such a project might become available.

Cellular & Molecular Medicine projects

Faculty of Health Sciences projects

Mathematics projects

Psychological Science projects

Entry requirements

You must meet all of the below requirements to be eligible for this summer school.

Study level Currently studying at undergraduate level, with at least two years of a three-year degree or three years of a four-year degree completed by the start of the summer
Subject requirements Studying a subject aligned to the chosen primary research project
Academic requirements GPA equivalent to a mimimum of 60% on the UK scale, C on the ECTS scale, or 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet our English language Profile E. You can see the tests and levels we accept by clicking the 'English Language Proficiency Tests' tab. If you took the CET-4 or CET-6 tests please contact us directly in order to find out what scores we will accept.
Age 18 or over

If you have any questions about your eligibility please contact us at

How to apply

You will need to complete our short application form and submit the following:

  • A current university transcript
  • Your first and second research project choices
  • A short (maximum 250 words) statement explaining why you are applying to this summer school
  • Evidence of your English language skills if relevant.

If you have any questions about this process you can contact us at

More information

Find out more about your summer experience by viewing our STEM Summer Research Projects Programme Outline 2021 (PDF, 218kB).

You can read the course descriptions on our Cellular and Molecular MedicineDental School, MathematicsMedical School and Psychological Science web pages. Please contact us at for more information.

Learn more about our Faculty of Life Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Faculty of Science.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Tel +44 (0)117 4283070

Life in Bristol

We provide accommodation, meals, transfers and a programme of exciting social activities. Find out more about what your time in Bristol will be like.

Coronavirus and your application

The University of Bristol plans to deliver Bristol-based summer schools in 2021. However, the University continues the evolving covid-19 pandemic both at home and abroad. All applicants will be updated with a decision as to whether or not the University can move forward with in-Bristol programmes in early May.

Please be advised that the University of Bristol will adhere to UK government policy regarding travel restrictions and health and safety on campus. You can find out more about our current campus policies here. You can find out more about UK government travel advice and regulations here

We strongly suggest that all applicants read the Terms and Conditions - Global Summer Schools 2021 (PDF, 130kB) document prior to accepting any offers they may receive. 


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