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The William Harvey Research Institute - Barts and The London

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 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, some activities have been altered. Please see the programme details below.

I found the lab days extremely insightful and eye-opening and also very helpful in deciding between a medical or science degree.
Checking patient history gave me an insight into the life of a doctor.

Next steps

Key information

For: Year 12-13 Sixth form or college students 
Date(s): July 2021
Location: This event will be held online

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

An application and equal opportunities form will be available to download at a later date.