Summer STEM research projects

Contribute to a cutting-edge research group with a specialist project.

This programme is now closed for 2022 applications.

Programme dates Sunday 10 July to Saturday 20 August 2022
Programme fee £5,995
What's included

We offer a £500 discount for International Partner Universities and Study Abroad student mobility partners (email if you are unsure about your status).
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.

Who it's for

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 you'll learn

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

Research projects available

Dental projects

  1. Antimicrobial resistance in polymicrobial biofilms
    with Dr Nihal Bandara
  2. Visible light-activated photocatalytic antimicrobial coatings
    with Professor Bo Su

Medical projects

  1. Blocking the Deleterious Response of the Podocyte to Nephrotic Plasma Using a Novel Therapeutic
    with Dr Carl May in the labs of Professor Gavin Welsh
  2. Investigating the signalling pathways activated in vascular cells to promote reparative angiogenesis
    with Dr Sadie Slater in the labs of Professor Paolo Madeddu
  3. Neuroinflammation and Parkinson’s disease
    with Dr Liang-Fong Wong
  4. Non-invasive neuromodulation by ultrasound - molecular mechanisms and novel therapies
    with Dr Daniel Whitcomb

Psychology projects

  1. From poop to tax avoidance - Is the feeling of disgust the same from bodily effluvia through to moral digressions?
    with Dr Edwin Dalmaijer

Physics projects

  1. Physics at Lepton Colliders
    with Professor Joel Goldstein
  2. Using Machine Learning to develop fast selection algorithms for the CMS detector at the LHC
    with Dr Sudarshan Paramesvaran

For more detail and links to related academic journals and references on the above projects, please email

Entry requirements

You must meet all of these requirements to be eligible for this summer school:

Final application deadline

Applications are now closed.

Please contact for queries on last-minute applications.

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 minimum 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 view the tests and levels we accept by visting our Profile E language requirements page and selecting the 'English Language Proficiency Tests' tab. If you took the CET-4 or CET-6 tests, email to find out what scores we will accept. 

Age 18 or over

Contact us

You can email or phone us if you have any questions about the course or your eligibility.

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.

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