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The William Harvey Research Institute

WHRI Work Experience Programme

The WHRI Work Experience Programme is for sixth form students who are interested in studying Medicine or a Biological/Biomedical related degree at university and are considering a career in a similar field.

This bi-annual programme provides an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand experience in laboratory and clinical research at one of the largest pharmacological research institutes in Europe. In addition, students will have the opportunity to learn about alternative careers within government health-related initiatives and fundraising for healthcare and research.

Programme highlights

  • Hands-on practical experience in a working research laboratory
  • Talks from world-leading basic scientists and clinical researchers
  • Shadowing of current PhD and Post-doctoral researchers 
  • Learn about the running of clinical trials and interact with clinical trial patients 
  • Demonstrations of clinical measurements of blood pressure, blood flow and ultrasound of the heart
  • Tour of St Bartholomew's Hospital 
  • University admissions information
  • Meet staff from the Barts Charity, and learn how, through their funding schemes, research and innovative healthcare initiatives which improve patient care are supported. 


"I found the lab days extremely insightful and eye-opening and also very helpful in deciding between a medical or science degree"

"Checking patient histories gave me an insight into the life of a doctor"

"The patient interaction was amazing! I liked the lab and shadowing the best because it gave me an insight into what working in the medical field actually looks like"

Key information

For: Year 12-13 Sixth form or college students 
Date(s): July 2019 (dates to be confirmed) 
Location: William Harvey Research Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, Charterhouse Square Campus, London, EC1M 6BQ

Entry requirements

GCSE's: Double or Triple Science (BB or above) and Mathematics (B or above)

A-levels: All applicants must be studying a Science or Maths subject at A-level (or equivalent)

How to apply

Please return at a later date for details on how to apply for July 2019. 



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About Barts Charity
Barts Charity funds extraordinary healthcare for 2.5m people in east London, and beyond.

Working alongside the Barts Health NHS Trust's group of hospitals and Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry (part of Queen Mary University London) we fund world-leading research, state-of-the-art equipment and innovative healthcare projects which go above and beyond what the NHS can provide. 

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Genomics England
About Genomics England
Genomics England is a company owned by the Department of Health and Social Care and was set up to deliver the 100,000 Genomes Project. This flagship project will sequence 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients and their families. The aim is to create a new genomic medicine service for the NHS – transforming the way people are cared for. Patients may be offered a diagnosis where there wasn’t one before.
In time, there is the potential for new and more effective treatments.
The project is focusing on patients with rare diseases, and their families, as well as patients with common cancers.

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Centre for Public Engagement
About the Centre for Public Engagement at QMUL
The Centre for Public Engagement was set up in 2012 as part of a RCUK ‘Catalyst’ award, with the aim to embed and sustain public engagement within Queen Mary University of London. Since then we have seen the amount and diversity of public engagement at Queen Mary rise and become further embedded in university policy and processes. 

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