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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. In addition we have a variety of Physics content on our YouTube channel.

Please note that we are unable to offer individual work experience placements with researchers to students of any age. This is due to the advanced nature of our research, requiring many years of training, meaning it is not possible for us to provide realistic and beneficial work experience opportunities.

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

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. Find out more

Particle Physics Residential

A free three-day residential course introducing Year 10 (14-15 year-old) students to particle physics, science and engineering being held at St Paul's School from Wednesday 8 - Friday 10 July 2020. This course is organised and run in partnership between St Paul's School, the Institute of Physics, and Queen Mary's Particle Physics Research Centre. Applications are currently open to non-fee paying schools, deadline Thursday 30 April. Please note that due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic this course is now being held as online webinars. Further information and apply

Taster days

Students who want to know more about a Physics degree might find it useful to attend a subject Taster Course before they apply. Find out more about all the courses across Queen Mary

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

Public events

The School of Physics and Astronomy gets involved with several public events and activities to present and discuss the research being undertaken. These are often suitable for school students with an interest in physics. See current upcomig public events

Outreach across Queen Mary

Queen Mary supports a broad range of activities aimed at maximising the opportunities available to potential students. These include more general opportunities, resources, and information in the Outreach Content Hub, as well as subject-specfic opportunities