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If you have any questions about the event please contact Gianpaolo Manalastas.

E: g.manalastas@ucl.ac.uk
T: 020 3108 4106

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UCL Open Day 2013

UCL Open Day 2013

Year 12 masterclasses

UCL ran unique subject-based masterclasses during the summer term.

Masterclasses offer you a taste of learning at university, and are designed to help you decide what area of study you would like to pursue at degree level. They give you an insight in to your chosen subject, and so provide an excellent example to include in your personal statements.

The masterclasses themselves are entertaining, hands-on sessions run by UCL academics and PhD students. You’ll get the chance to look around UCL, and you’ll meet other young people from across London. Masterclasses took place during the weeks of 7th - 18th July, from 4-6pm.

Please note that there are certain eligibility criteria for these masterclasses.

We ask that students meet the following acadmic criteria:

  • have achieved at least five A/A*s at GCSE
  • are likely to acheive a minumum of ABB at A level or at least 34 points at IB (please note that for subject specific activity students must be on track to meet the degree programme's minimum entry requirements)
  • are taking at least two subjects from UCL's list of preferred A levels.

Students must be attending a state school. Priority will then be given to students who:

  • Are on track to achieve a minimum of ABB at A level
  • Will be the first generation in their family to attend university
  • Have achieved at least 5 A/A*s at GCSE
  • Come from neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to higher education
  • Are taking relevant subjects in relation to the subject they are hoping to apply to
  • Attend schools or colleges with a low overall A level (or equivalent) point score

Please note that applications for our 2014 masterclasses have now closed.  Below are the masterclasses that took place in July 2014.

Subjects

Biosciences Masterclass

UCL Biosciences

Dr Chris Taylorson

Monday, 7th July 2014; 4-6pm

Please note we are no longer accepting applications for this masterclass.

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Human Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
You may be interested in this if you are currently studying: 
  • Biology A level
  • Chemistry A level
  • Maths A level
  • Physics A level

Egyptian Archaeology

UCL Egyptian Archaeology 

Tracy Golding

Wednesday, 16th July 2014; 4-6pm

If you thought that a collection of Egyptian and Sudanese material was restricted to the disciplines of Egyptology, Archaeology, Classical Studies and Museology you would be mistaken, as there are a variety of others we can include. Learn how students and academics in Medicine, Architecture, Art and even Law have been inspired to use the Petrie collection in their research, teaching and leisure-time.

Format: Lecture, followed by visit to the Petrie.

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:
  • Archaeology
  • Egyptian Archaeology
  • Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilisation
  • Ancient History
  • Ancient History and Egyptology
  • History
You may be interested in this if you are currently studying:
  • History
  • English
  • Sociology

Electronic Engineering Masterclass

UCL Electronic Engineering 

Dr Benn Thomsen

Thursday, 10th July 2014; 4-6pm

Please note we are no longer accepting applications for this masterclass.

Electronic engineers are responsible for designing and building many of the complex systems that you interact with everyday, from the internet and computer or mobile device that allows you to access information anywhere at any time, through to the temperature control system that is keeping your house warm. In this hands on masterclass you will investigate and develop a system that allows a web camera to track an object. This will involve putting together and testing the individual subsystems that make up the system and finally building the entire system.

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:
  • Engineering degrees
You may be interested in this if you are currently studying:
  • Biology A level
  • Chemistry A level
  • Physics A level
  • Maths A level

An Introduction to Romantic Poetry

UCL English

Dr Jane Darcy 

Monday, 7th July 2014; 4-6pm

Please note we are no longer accepting applications for this masterclass.

This masterclass will ask the question, ‘What is Romantic poetry?’; we will start by looking at examples of typical eighteenth-century poetry and then exploring the innovations made by Wordsworth and Coleridge in Lyrical Ballads (1798 and 1802). Following this, you will then have an opportunity to explore poems from a range which will include Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley and Keats, and ask yourself the question of what Romantic poetry is.

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:
  • English
You may be interested in this if you are currently studying:
  • English Literature A level
  • English Literature and Language A level

Thinking about narrative structure in French film

UCL School of Languages and Culture (French)

Ruth Austin

Friday, 11th July 2014; 4-6pm

In this seminar we will consider some of the ways in which narrative can be constructed in film. Beginning with the question ‘what is narrative?’, we will examine how key techniques in filmmaking function in relation to the narrative form. We will examine the use of music and sound as well as the visual image.  We will take various examples from a variety of films in order to think about what is usually termed "classical Hollywood narrative" and how innovative cinema can play with, fragment and fundamentally question these conventions of narrative structure.

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:
  • French
  • French with another language
  • Another language (if you will also have French A level)
You may be interested in this if you are currently studying:
  • French A level

Classics Masterclass: Cicero, Orator and Politician

UCL Greek and Latin

Professor Gesine Manuwald

Wednesday, 9th July 2014; 4-6pm

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106–43 BCE) is one of the best known and most exciting figures from Roman antiquity. He is not only a well-known writer of philosophical and rhetorical texts, but also was active as a politician and orator in practice. In this masterclass we will look at the political situation in the Roman Republic and then consider some extracts from Cicero’s speeches. We will analyze the techniques he uses and discuss in what ways they might be similar or different to what present-day politicians do.

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:
  • Ancient World
  • Classics (if you are studying Greek or Latin A level)
  • Greek with Latin (if you are studying Greek A level)
  • Latin with Greek (if you are studying Latin A level)
 You may be interested in this if you are currently studying:
  • History A level
  • Ancient Greek A level
  • Latin A level

Hebrew, past and present

UCL Arts and Humanities

Dr Lily Kahn

Thursday, 17th July 2014; 4-6pm

This masterclass will introduce students to the Hebrew language and its fascinating three-thousand year history. The first hour of the class will consist of a lecture on the development of Hebrew from its origins until the present day. This will include examination of the language of the Hebrew Bible and early inscriptions; the evolution of the Hebrew alphabet; the death of Hebrew as a spoken language in the early centuries CE and its use as a vehicle of literary and legal composition in late antiquity; the spread of written Hebrew among Jews throughout the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa in the medieval and early modern periods; and the incredible story of its revival as a spoken language in early twentieth-century Palestine. The second hour will consist of a practical introduction to Modern Hebrew, in which students will learn basic conversational skills and familiarise themselves with the Hebrew alphabet.

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:
  • Hebrew and Jewish Studies
  • Jewish History
  • History (Central and East European) and Jewish Studies
  • Ancient Languages
  • Modern Languages
You may be interested in this if you are currently studying:
  • History A level
  • A language A level

The Death Penalty in the Middle Ages

UCL Historical Studies

Dr Antonio Sennis

Friday, 18th July 2014; 4-6pm

Please note we are no longer accepting applications for this masterclass.

This masterclass will begin with an opening interactive lecture before breaking into smaller groups to discuss a primary source that you will be given on the day. Following this group discussion, we will all come back together to debate each groups’ interpretations of their source, to talk about some of the difficulties of using these kind of sources. The aim of the masterclass is to encourage students to apply the methodologies they've learned in school to new material, just as they would do in a real university seminar, and to find out about the death penalty in the Middle Ages!

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:
  • History
  • History with a Year Abroad
  • History with a Language
  • Scandinavian Studies and History
You may be interested in this if you are currently studying:
  • History A level

Environmental Law

UCL Laws

Professor Jane Holder

Tuesday 8 July 2014, 4pm-6pm

Please note we are no longer accepting applications for this masterclass.

In this seminar we will examine the roots of environmental justice by looking at the grassroots environmental justice movement in the United States. We'll consider how environmental justice has been taken up and adapted in the EU and the UK as a precursor to considering further dimensions of the topic.  The aim of this seminar is to offer insights into the potential role of environmental law in addressing inequalities and discrimination, and to further environmental protection.

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:
  • Law
You may be interested in this if you are currently studying:
  • English A level
  • History A level
  • Another humanities A level

Hedge with an Edge - Maths in Finance

UCL Mathematics

Dr Riaz Ahmad

Wednesday, 9th July 2014; 4-6pm

Please note we are no longer accepting applications for this masterclass.

These days it is hard to escape financial news. Terms such as Derivatives, LIBOR, short selling or FTSE100 are constantly reminding us that finance is the most global of industries. The way finance has developed in recent years can be attributed to the large part of maths, which has played a central role and remains the chief driving force allowing the financial markets to become increasingly sophisticated. There is little doubt that maths has ‘hijacked’ most disciplines and its appeal and influence is noticeable in almost all branches of knowledge.

We will spend an afternoon in a computer lab looking at some of the maths used in investment banking and perform our own asset price simulations. The session will be of interest primarily to students studying A-level Further Maths who are considering Mathematics at university; pupils following A-level Physics and Economics will also find this class very useful.

We will also discuss what studying mathematics at university is like as well as the numerous employment opportunities available to maths graduates.

Keywords: Differential Equation, Normal Distribution, Brownian Motion, Monte Carlo

For more information on Dr Ahmad, please see his online profile

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Mathematics and Statistical Science
  • Mathematical Computation
You may be interested in this if you are currently studying:
  • Maths A level
  • Further Maths A level

An introduction to Project Management: what is it, and what can it lead to?

UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment

Dr Aeli Roberts

Tuesday, 8th July 2014; 4-6pm

Construction is an exciting industry, as you are responsible for the creation of the spaces in which we live and work. The construction industry contributes £90 billion gross value to the UK economy and employs 3 million people. An illustrated talk will be used to show the range of project types, from housing to one off buildings like the Shard, that a career in the industry offers. As well as considering the potential range of job types available within the built environment, we will also consider some of the specific projects that past students from the course have become involved with including the Olympic Stadium, Terminal 5 and the Shard. Participants will learn about what it is like to be a student within the School of Construction and Project Management and the opportunities that studying at UCL provides. Guidance will also be given in terms of making a UCAS application and what is looked for when applications are considered. A few past and/or present students will be present to discuss their experiences of studying on the course, their current careers and to answer questions.

By the end of the session you should have an idea of what opportunities the degree can offer, what being a student at UCL is like and what potential careers and opportunities are available on successful completion of the degree.

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:
  • Project Management for Construction
  • Urban Planning, Design and Management
  • Planning and Real Estate
  • Urban Studies
  • Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies
You may be interested in this if you are currently studying:
  • Geography A level
  • Art A level
  • Any A level, with an interest in working in Project Management for Construction

Making History: the Gulag in Russian literature and memory

UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Dr Sarah Young

Tuesday, 15th July 2014; 4-6pm

This masterclass will explore the Russian system of imprisonment, hard labour and Siberian exile through the prism of the memoirs and narratives written by those who witnessed and experienced it. A lecture will cover the history of the Russian penal system from its pre-revolutionary origins in the colonization of Siberia to the notorious camps of the Stalinist Gulag, and discuss the parallel development of a literary tradition that responded to the conditions and experience of imprisonment. This will be followed by a workshop comparing extracts and short texts on labour camps that reflect the work of different writers, eras and genres, aimed at gaining insight not only into the labour camp experience, but also into the process of translation of history and memory into literature.

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:
  • History (School of Slavonic and East European Studies)
  • History
  • History with a Year Abroad
  • History (Central and European) and Jewish Studies
  • Russian and History
You may be interested in this if you are currently studying:
  • History

Seeing 'Scientifically'

UCL Science and Technology Studies

Oliver Marsh

Monday, 14th July 2014; 4-6pm

Please note we are no longer accepting applications for this masterclass.

The intuition that everyone knows exactly what it means to do something 'scientifically' can be blown open with some very simple exercises, such as giving a classroom full of students an everyday object and asking them to 'look at it scientifically'.  Your responses are likely to show various broad themes, but also quite a lot of divergence and disagreement.  From this start-point, you will be introduced to key theories of how scientists learn to 'see scientifically' such that the scientific community can communicate with one another.  There are some key theorists, from Thomas Kuhn to Michael Lynch, but the topic touches so many areas of science studies that the discussion can proceed along historical, philosophical, or sociological lines depending on your interests.  By dealing with such an everyday topic as 'seeing', this class is intended as an appealing and recognizable introduction to science studies for both science and humanities students.

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Science and Society
  • History
  • Philosophy
You may be interested in this if you are currently studying:
  • History A level
  • Biology A level
  • Chemistry A level
  • Physics A level
  • Sociology A level
  • Philosophy A level

What do Artists do? What does Art do?

UCL Slade School of Fine Art

Jack Strange

Thursday, 17th July 2014; 4-6pm 

The master class will begin with a short 20 minute lecture introducing you to examples of the types of Art that are being made today, including examples from students’ work at the Slade. The lecture will also offer a summary of the varying ways in which Art affects individuals, culture and society. Following this lecture, you will partake in a workshop that will enable you to directly engage with some of the ideas and concepts discussed in the lecture. You will be able to experiment through a process of drawing, modeling, destroying and creating, and discussing ideas and concepts of creative activity and thinking. You will definitely be getting your hands dirty!

There is a maximum of 12 places for this masterclass.

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:
  • Fine Art
You may be interested in this if you are currently studying:
  • Art A level

Why use statistics?

UCL Statistical Science

Dr Codina Cotar

Friday, 11th July 2014; 4-6pm

Please note we are no longer accepting applications for this masterclass.

The masterclass will focus on using a real-world dataset in order to demonstrate how statistics can provide answers to interesting questions. From the Google transparency report, we will analyze how often different governments access user account data and how this is related to other demographic factors. After a short welcome, the students will have the opportunity to split into groups and use statistical software to analyze a given dataset and will then present their findings.

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:
  • Statistics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics and Statistical Science
  • Economics
  • Economics and Statistics
  • Statistics and Management for Business
  • Statistics, Economics and a Language
  • Statistics, Economics and Finance
You may be interested in this if you are currently studying:
  • Maths A level
  • Further Maths A level

Politics, Philosophy and Economics Masterclass

UCL PPE 

Dr Jennifer Hudson

Monday, 14th July 2014; 4-6pm

Please note we are no longer accepting applications for this masterclass.

In 2010 the Coalition Government's decision to ring-fence aid spending pushed it into the national spotlight. The ensuing political debate addressed whether 'charity begins at home', prioritizing the poor in Britain vs. the poor abroad. Was it right to protect aid spending? This session examines public opinion and overseas aid. Drawing on recent national survey data, you will consider the following questions:

  • How concerned are the public about poverty in developing countries?
  • How much do the public think is spent on aid?
  • How much should be spent on aid?
  • How much do the public know about overseas aid?
  • How do perceptions of corruption and waste affect support for aid?

If you are interested in studying Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at university then this masterclass, giving you a practical taste for studying this degree, should be for you!

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:
  • Politics, Philosophy and Economics
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Politics and East European Studies
  • European Social and Political Sciences
You may be interested in this masterclass if you are studying:
  • History A level
  • English A level
  • Government and Politics A level
  • Mathematics A level
  • Philosophy A level
  • Sociology A level