Work experience


The School of Biological Sciences offers a work experience placement to students between the ages of 14 – 18 years old who would like to work within a science setting as Laboratory Technicians or Technical Support. Please note that our programme is not aimed at students wishing to become Doctors, Vets or working within the Forensic Science sector. The placement will be based mainly in the School of Biology state-of-the-art teaching laboratories, although some aspects of research work may be included depending on availability of staff involved. Our focus of the week will be general laboratory activities and developing some field skills which may be dependent on the weather.

Each year there are places available on our one-week Summer (June/July) work experience programme that will be awarded by a competitive selection process.

How to apply 

The deadline has now passed for our 2018 programme.

Biomedical Sciences

Currently we offer week long technical team work experience placements to year 10, 11 and 12 students from local schools and

colleges. Students will experience working in the technical services teams as they support the teaching and research activities within the Schools of Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience. This could include working in the Electronics Service unit, the Histology facility and the Research and Teaching Labs.

Each year we accept requests for work experience in the current academic year up to the 28th of February, before reviewing applications and responding to successful students with an offer of a place.

Please expect to hear from us by March 21st with our decision. Please understand that we receive a high volume of applications and will be unable to reach a decision before this date. If you require confirmation before March, we suggest that you continue to pursue alternative options for your work experience as we cannot guarantee that you will be successful.

How to apply

If you are interested in conducting your work experience with the technical team then please download and complete the attached form. Completed forms should be sent to:

Work experience application form (Office document, 57kB)

If you're interested in Technical Services as a potential career please see the technical apprenticeships opportunities.

The deadline has now passed for our 2018 programme.


We don’t currently offer a scheme for research-based work experience, but you can send a CV to specific Schools and you may be considered for laboratory research opportunities if they arise.

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