School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Chemistry Summer School

About the Summer School

The Chemistry Residential Summer School at Queen Mary University of London is a three-day program for Year 12 students from Schools based in the UK who have chosen to study chemistry (A level or IB) and are interested in pursuing a degree in Chemical Sciences.

Chemistry Teaching Laboratory at Queen Mary

Attending this school will give participants the opportunity to experience a Russell Group university and gain a real insight into studying chemistry at a research-intensive institution. The three-day residential school will involve workshops, lectures, and laboratory sessions in our new £5.5 million world class teaching laboratory. Internationally leading scientists will contribute to the delivery of the different activities and will also offer multiple opportunities to discuss career options and degree choices.


Halls Summer School

Accommodation (full board basis) is offered in our Halls of Residence, based at Mile End, where students will have the opportunity to explore the campus and all its facilities. There will be multiple opportunities to interact and engage with our excellent student ambassadors, all of which are currently studying chemistry at Queen Mary.

The Programme

Nathan Summer School

In the laboratory, you will synthesize silicone polymers, quantify the calcium carbonate content of a commercial anti-acid tablet, as well as determine the concentration of hydrogen peroxide in a given solution using UV/Vis spectroscopy. These experiments will complement the KS5 curriculum and enhance your chemistry knowledge and technical skills. In workshops and lectures, you will undertake sessions on NMR and IR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, as well as engage in problem classes to test your understanding. Finally, there will be a workshop on scientific programming with academics specialising in computational and theoretical chemistry.

Members of our admission team will provide sessions on interview skills and personal statements in support of your UCAS application. The academic program will be complemented by social activities in the evenings.

Important Information

The Chemistry Residential Summer School will take place between 6 - 8 July 2020. Below are some key facts:

  • The cost of the summer school is £295, which includes full board and participation in all sessions.
  • The School will start on Monday 6th July 2020 at 10.30am and will finish on Wednesday 8th July 2020 at 16.00. Students will be responsible for arranging their own travel.
  • There are 40 places available and applications are welcomed from students currently registered in either state or private schools.
  • There will be a limited number of funded places available. More information will follow in due course
  • The deadline for receiving complete applications is Sunday 29 March 2020, however applications will be evaluated continuously and offers of a place will be made on a first come-first served basis.
  • Offers will be made via email and fees will need to be paid within 5 working days. Please note that fees are NOT refundable.
  • A reference from your current teacher/tutor will be required to support your application.
  • Students will always be chaperoned by either academic staff or Student Ambassadors. A member of academic staff will be present on campus overnight in Halls of Residence.
  • In the unlikely event that the event is cancelled a full refund will be provided.

The Application Process

Applications for the 2020 Chemistry residential Summer School will open in late January.

To apply for a place download and complete the application form below.

Please send the completed application form via email to Applications will be evaluated, and a response provided within 5 working days.

For any other queries please contact Dr Lesley Howell