School of Physics and Astronomy

Extra Curricular Activities for School Students

We organise a number of events and activities for school students outside of the school environment. Many of them are hosted on Queen Mary's Mile End campus. In addition we have a number of activites open to the general public which school students are welcome to attend and a variety of Physics content on our YouTube channel.

Independent Research Projects

Small groups of students and individuals are able to sign up to projects in our Physics Research in Schools Environments (PRiSE) programme independent of their teacher. The programme is a great way to engage with exciting research projects in collaboration with Queen Mary University of London over a sustained period of time. We run these projects over the first two terms of the academic year. Further information can be found here.

Physics Summer School for GCSE Students

This free programme gives budding year 10 and 11 physicists first-hand experience of independent work in a physics department during a week-long scheme. Students choose from a number of key experiments, working with current undergraduates to develop their own projects. By the end of the week, students should be able to demonstrate practical skills including data analysis and presenting results. The week includes interactive demonstrations and talks from members of the department, ensuring that students gain an authentic insight into the world of universtiy physics. The course is non-residential and students will need to travel to Queen Mary's Mile End campus each day. Please note that we are unable to guarantee all applicants a placement. 

The 2019 Physics Summer School will run from Mon 29 Jul to Fri 2 Aug. Applications have closed.

This programme is unrelated to the QMUL Summer School. Note also that we are unable to offer individual work experience placements with researchers to students of any age.

Open days

The School of Physics and Astronomy participates in the University-wide open days in October and June each year. At these events you can meet academic and student support staff, see our lecturers in action and take a tour of our facilities. Details of dates can be found here. You can find out about the various taster courses across Queen Mary.