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The William Harvey Research Institute - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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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 was established in 2017, benefitting approximately 340 young people to date. We aim to provide an 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.

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

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
  • 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 


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

Next steps

For: Year 12-13 Sixth form or college students 
Date(s): July 2024 (exact dates to be confirmed)
Location: William Harvey Research Institute, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6BQ

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)

The next programme will take place in July 2024 (exact dates to be confirmed).

Applications will open at the end of May 2024. Please re-visit the website to download an application form.

For general queries please contact:

Mr Ade Alele

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