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Blizard Institute - Barts and The London

Blizard Institute Work Experience Programme (BIWEP)

The Blizard Institute Work Experience Programme welcomes year 10-12 students who are interested in studying Medicine or a Biomedical related degree at university or are considering a career in a similar field.

*Important annoucement: Due to the ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), and for the safety of our students and staff, the Blizard Institute Work Experience Programme is currently on hold and will not be running until further notice. We will continue to review this as the situation develops.

Neuron Pod illuminated outside the Blizard building at night

Our week-long programme will provide students with the exciting opportunity to gain experience in a laboratory setting and learn more about the medical research here at the Blizard Institute.

What will I be doing?

You will mainly be shadowing our PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in the centres of Cell Biology and Cutaneous Research, Genomics and Child Health, Immunobiology, Neuroscience, Surgery and Trauma, and in the Core Laboratory Facilities as per the general schedule below:

9.30am Welcome Neuroscience, Surgery and Trauma  Immunobiology Cell Biology and Cutaneous Research  Genomics and Child Health 
10.00am Induction
10.15am Core Lab Facilities
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Core Lab Facilities Neuroscience, Surgery and Trauma  Immunobiology  Cell Biology and Cutaneous Research  Genomics and Child Health  
4.15–4.30pm Journal  Journal  Journal  Journal  Journal 

Please note that the schedule could be modified at any time depending on work priorities and staff availability.

Students may have the opportunity to attend a show or workshop in the Centre of the Cell, our public engagement centre for informal science-learning, pending availability. Where appropriate, students are also welcome to attend seminars and lectures taking place during the week.

Who can participate?

  • Students in years 10-12 residing in London, United Kingdom.
  • We prioritise London-based schools and students from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, where we are based.
  • A limit of two students will be able to take part in the week-long programme scheduled to run on the second and fourth week of each month (excluding August and December).

How to apply?

If you are a student

If you wish to participate in our programme, please email your CV and a completed Blizard Institute Work Experience Programme Form [PDF 219KB] (including your expression of interest in the personal statement section) to, copying in your work experience representative at your school to ensure they are aware of your enquiry. Your application will only be considered if your school representative is included in your email.

If you are an agency

If you are an education agency in London wishing to secure work placements for schools, please send your requests to

Please note that students are allocated on a first come, first served basis after considering the content of applications. Priority will be given to students who attend schools based in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

If you are a parent or tutor

Please note that we correspond directly with the students, school representatives and agency staff only.

The Blizard Institute is part of the Whitechapel campus of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.


Contact address

Blizard Institute
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Queen Mary University of London
4 Newark St
E1 2AT