Work Experience

Departmental Work Experience for 16-18 Year Olds

The Department Work Experience Programme for 16-18 year olds is outlined below.

  • The application period for work experience in 2015 is 14th January - 6th March 2015. Applications must be received by 5pm on the closing date. Applications will not be accepted at any other time.
  • Applicants must be 16 years of age or over at the time of placement and preference will be given to those students currently studying AS Levels that include Physics and Maths.
  • Placements are non-residential - applicants must reside in the UK and organise their own travel & accommodation.
  • Applicants can only apply for a Research Group placement or the 'Hands On' Laboratory Experience, not both.
  • Candidates will be informed as to whether their application has been successful by May 1st 2015.
  • Please note that, due to the high volume of applications we receive, we may not be able to contact unsuccessful applicants.
  • The Department's Work Experience policy, including our selection criteria.

Research Group Placements

If you are interested in work experience in a research group, you should email your CV (including your date of birth) and a cover letter (outlining your experience, current studies, grades and/or predicted grades & which research group you have an interest in) to Jas Gill. during the application period only. Please bear in mind that placements are in high demand, so email your application materials in plenty of time to avoid disappointment. 

Please follow the links for information on the different research groups in the Department  - the list of available placements in 2015 can be found here (Research Group Placements 2015 PDF).

These placements will be held during the summer period only and in some cases the dates of the placement have already been chosen. Please only apply for those placements that you will be available to attend, should your application be successful.

'Hands On' Laboratory Experience

The Department also organises an annual week-long Laboratory Experience for 16-18 year olds in the summer (usually July), for which places are limited.

Those interested in attending the Laboratory in 2015 should ensure that a current CV (including your date of birth) and covering letter (detailing your interest in Physics, current subjects studied, your GCSE grades/predicted grades and any relevant experience you may have) is submitted to Jas Gill during the application period only.

This workshop is non-residential.

Work Experience - External Schemes

  • in2scienceUK. The Department supports in2scienceUK which is an award winning organisation that gives students from low income backgrounds the opportunity to work alongside STEM scientists, and receive the advice and information they need to progress to University and STEM careers.
  • Nuffield Bursary Scheme. The Department also supports students who apply through the Nuffield Bursary Scheme for STEM students. Emma Newall is Regional Coordinator for London and Hampshire and Julie Cattermole is Regional Coordinator for Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire for this scheme.

Volunteering & Internships - Current Undergraduate Students

  • Undergraduate Volunteering. Undergraduate students who are interested in volunteering in the Department should email Jas Gill with your CV & a cover letter. Your cover letter should be targeted at your preferred research group (& explaining your educational background & experience) – the more you can target your application at a particular researcher and/or area of research, the better. Volunteering placements are unpaid.
  • Undergraduate Internships. Any available internships will be advertised by the individual research groups and/or researchers offering them and they should be contacted directly by applicants. All interns must be treated as workers, put on an HR contract and paid the London Living Wage & they are therefore subject to UCL Right To Work checks.

Please follow the link for information on the different research groups in the Department.

Other Work Experience Opportunities at UCL