Quantum in the Summer

Our quantum summer school brings together students at A-Level to learn more about physics and engineering with the hope that it will inspire a future generation of students to pursue a career in science.

Light has been at the heart of the many important breakthroughs in physics, from Maxwell's theory of electromagnetism to Einstein's theory of relativity. Light is at the origin of quantum mechanics, and is currently playing a large part in the quantum information technology revolution.

Beginning with the basics of classical optics through a mix of lab work and lectures, the students learn about classical & quantum computing/algorithms and quantum key distribution. In addition to this, the instructors of the summer school share their personal experiences as scientists, providing useful tips for successful research and making the students aware of the potential career options available with a scientific degree.

2022 Summer School

In 2022 we will host our eighth annual summer school for students aged 16 and over. The intensive week-long summer school will run 1-5 August 2022 and aims to teach students about quantum mechanics and light. We will endeavour to provide taught and practical components of the course here on campus, however, this is subject to change in line with University and government advice. 


The summer school is a free event but we ask that students cover their own accommodation and travel expenses. We are able to offer a limited number of scholarship places which includes payment of your accommodation and travel, please confirm on your application if you would be interested in applying for this scholarship.

Attendees must:

  • be available to attend the full week
  • be over 16 years of age by the beginning of the summer school
  • have completed their GCSEs or equivalent qualifications by the start of the summer school
  • have a keen interest in Physics and associated subjects

Applications are now closed.

Contact us

For further information please contact us at quantum-summer@bristol.ac.uk.

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