About the programme

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What to expect

During the three-week programme you will build your skills in laboratory techniques across the biomedical sciences. 

The programme offers hands-on lab experience for those interested in a career in research. It will also cover understanding of many aspects of biomedical sciences essential for a career in medicine and associated healthcare professions.

You will take part in a range of activities, including:

  • conducting experiments in the physiology and neuroscience laboratory, ranging from the effects of exercise on the electrocardiogram to factors that affect nerve conduction;
  • visiting our human simulation suite to explore how simulated subjects and patients, including Stan (pictured), can help train the next generation of researchers and doctors;
  • using a virtual microscope system to look at cell structure and function in a revolutionary way;
  • participating in exciting practical sessions in biochemistry, microbiology and immunology.

Our indicative syllabus (PDF, 208kB) will give you more details of the types of activities you will participate in (please note that sessions are subject to change).

You will also have the opportunity to design, carry out and analyse your own experiments in groups, the findings of which will be presented at the end of the programme.

Experienced, enthusiastic staff and integrated online resources will support your learning throughout.

Dates and location

You will arrive in Bristol on Sunday 15 July 2018. Teaching starts on Monday 16 July and ends on Friday 3 August, and you will depart on Saturday 4 August.

You will be mainly based in the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences teaching laboratories. The faculty is in the heart of the historic, vibrant city of Bristol, just 90 minutes from London.


Accommodation will be provided in one of our catered halls of residence, with breakfast and your evening meal included. You'll have your own single bedroom with shared bathroom facilities.

Arrival and departure

Your room will be ready for you from Sunday 15 July with a departure date of Saturday 4 August.  Closer to the programme start date we will provide you with detailed directions for how to get to the University. 

Bristol is an easy 90-minute train journey from central London and there are direct buses from Heathrow airport.

You will also need to organise your own travel to and from the UK.

Support for your future studies

During your time on the course, you will have the opportunity to meet with staff from the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, as well as the Faculty of Health Sciences, to explore options for future study.

Social activities

Your time at Bristol won’t all be spent in a lab. We want you to experience what it’s like to be a student at Bristol and get to know the city, so we’ve arranged social events throughout the programme. You’ll also enjoy free time in the evenings to explore our fantastic city with your new classmates.

The social programme may include:

  • trips to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Bath and Stonehenge;
  • walking tours of Bristol’s world-famous street art;
  • organised evenings out.

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Biomedical Sciences at Bristol

Attracting outstanding students and staff from around the world, Biomedical Sciences at Bristol focuses on three areas: Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience; Cellular and Molecular Medicine; and Biochemistry.

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