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Contact

If you have any questions about the event please contact Ben Lund-Conlon.

E: b.lund-conlon@ucl.ac.uk
T: 020 7679 3089

Year 12 Masterclasses

13 - 17 July 2015

UCL is delighted to be hosting a range of masterclasses in July 2015. 

These will take place 3pm - 6pm during the week beginning 13 July.

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 statement.

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.

Eligibility

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 on track to meet the minimum entry requirements for the subject of the Masterclass
  • are taking at least two subjects from UCL's list of preferred A levels

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

  • will be the first generation in their family to attend university
  • come from neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to higher education
  • attend schools or colleges with a low overall A Level (or equivalent) point score

Applying

Applications will open shortly. Please keep checking this page for further updates.

Subjects

Neuroscience: Monday 13 July

Introductory Neuroscience

Monday 13 July 2015

This will be a workshop covering the history of the study of the brain and the techniques neuroscientists use to explore it, including some famous examples. Students may even get the opportunity to observe real human brain specimens!

This Masterclass would be suitable for any student interested in studying:

  • Neuroscience
  • Life Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Human Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Medicine

Eligibility

Students must be on track to achieve AAA at A Level or 38 IB points, and must be studying Chemistry plus one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics.

History: Monday 13 July

Neo-Assyria: The World's first empire

Monday 13 July 2015

In the early first millennium BC the Neo-Assyrian kings expanded from their small base in northern Iraq and came to rule over much of the modern Middle East, creating the first true empire the world had ever seen. In this Taster Lecture we will discuss what it means to describe a state as an empire, and discover the types of evidence which historians use to study this ancient super-power, as well as exploring its history, focusing on how control was maintained over its vast territories and what life at the imperial courts was like.

This Masterclass would be suitable for any student interested in studying:

  • History
  • Ancient History

Eligibility

Students must be on track to achieve AAA at A Level or 38 IB points, and must be studying History.

Applied Medical Sciences: Tuesday 14 July

Microbes and Me 

Tuesday 14 July 2015

Around 2010, a controversial set of papers and subsequent popular science books emerged from the group of Christakis and Fowler in Harvard suggesting obesity is ‘contagious’. In this Masterclass we will test the hypothesis that gut bacteria are responsible for transmitting obesity among individuals.

We will also look at bacterial community shifts in response to environmental change and the link between microbes and inflammation/disease e.g. non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. 

This Masterclass would be suitable for any student interested in studying:

  • Applied Medical Sciences

Eligibility

Students must be on track to achieve AAA at A Level or 38 IB points, and must be studying Biology and Chemistry.

German (Culture & Society): Tuesday 14 July

The Black Presence in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Tuesday 14 July 2015

Did you know that there were Black Europeans in the Middle Ages? This session will introduce students to the presence of Africans and their descendants in Europe before and during the age of the transatlantic slave trade. We will look at how they came to Europe and what roles they played in society and culture, and we will ask where modern ideas about race ultimately come from. 

This Masterclass would be suitable for any student interested in studying:

  • German
  • German and History
  • Language and Culture

Eligibility

Students must be on track to achieve AAB at A Level or 36 IB points. It is preferred that they be studying History and/or a foreign language.

Linguistics: Wednesday 15 July

Linguistics

Wednesday 15 July 2015

This Masterclass will explore how the English plural and past tense works by going through some empirical facts about how children learn this part of the grammar. Students will be introduced to some basic grammatical concepts as well as important ways of thinking linguistically. Applicants do not need any previous background in linguistics.

This Masterclass would be suitable for any student interested in studying:

  • Linguistics
  • English
  • Psychology and Language Sciences

Eligibility

Students must be on track to achieve ABB at A Level or 34 IB points. It is preferred that they be studying English Language, Mathematics or a science subject.

Statistical Science: Wednesday 15 July

Probability and Statistics in Hunger Games

Wednesday 15 July 2015

The Hunger Games is an annual event in the fictional country of Panem. Each year, 24 children (tributes) are chosen by lottery from 12 districts to fight to the death in the arena for the entertainment of the Capitol citizens. Using probability and statistical analysis and computer simulations, we will compute the probability of a particular character being chosen as tribute and learn how to use experimental results to make predictions of who will get chosen. We will then explore the possibility that the Gamemakers, those in charge of planning the Hunger Games, fixed the lottery.

Using the fictitious data from Suzanne Collins’ book the Hunger Games, students will learn how to find the probability of dependent and independent events, and how to perform a goodness of fit statistical test. Students will collect and interpret data, apply the concepts of probability and statistics, and validate their conclusions using mathematical properties and relationships.

This Masterclass would be suitable for any student interested in studying:

  • Statistics
  • Statistical Science
  • Statistics, Economics and Finance
  • Statistics, Economics and a Language
  • Statistics and Management for Business
  • Economics and Statistics
  • Mathematics and Statistical Science

Eligibility

Students must be on track to achieve AAA at A Level or 38 IB points, and must be studying Mathematics. Further Mathematics is also preferred.

Biosciences: Thursday 16 July

DNA: Its function and importance

Thursday 16 July 2015

This Masterclass involves using everyday kitchen materials to extract DNA from human cells. We will be using mouth cells, obtained by mouth-washing with a saline solution. Students will provide their own cells and extract their own DNA using materials such as washing up liquid, pineapple juice, salt and a small quantity of alcohol. 

The session will start with a short talk about the cell and deoxyribonucleic acid, its function and importance. The extraction procedure is explained in terms of what the materials used are actually doing to the contents of the mouth cells used and gives real insight into cell structure and function. The second part of the session will involve students trying to extract their own mouth cell DNA. The aim of the experiment is to produce DNA which can be spooled from the extraction medium onto toothpicks.

This Masterclass would be suitable for any student interested in studying:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Human Sciences
  • Natural Sciences

Eligibility

Students must be on track to achieve AAA at A Level or 38 IB points, and must be studying Biology plus one from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics. 

Electronic and Electrical Engineering: Thursday 16 July

The technology behind a touch sensitive lamp

Thursday 16 July 2015

This hands on session will explore the technology behind capacitive touch sensors, and digital control of systems. Students will build circuits and program microcontrollers to build a touch sensitive LED lamp.

This Masterclass would be suitable for any student interested in studying:

  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Eligibility

Students must be on track to achieve AAA at A Level or 38 IB points, and must be studying Mathematics. Physics or Further Mathematics are also preferred.

Human Sciences: Friday 17 July

UCL Human Sciences

Friday 17 July 2015

UCL is one of the few universities in the UK to offer a Human Sciences programme. This interdisciplinary degree draws on teaching from a range of departments, and offers enormous flexibility and opportunity for you to develop your own areas of interest and specialisation in the study of humankind.

This Masterclass is an introduction to the Human Sciences degree offered at UCL, including an overview of the subjects covered, its interdisciplinary nature and graduate career prospects. Students will then receive two taster lectures, one in Anatomy and Development, and the other in a topic from the Anthropology strand.

This Masterclass would be suitable for any student interested in studying:

  • Human Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Neurology
  • Geography
  • Population Health

Eligibility

Students must be on track to achieve AAA at A Level or 38 IB points, and must be studying at least one science subject, preferably Biology.

English: Friday 17 July

Through the Fantastical Looking Glass: the Victorian and Modern Monsters Among Us

Friday 17 July 2015

This Masterclass will explore the ways in which monsters in popular culture - in the Victorian Age and in our own era alike - reflect the repressed fears, uncertainties, frustrations, and elicit desires of the society in which they were created. We will see how repressed concerns around urbanization, government surveillance, multiculturalism, everyday drudgery, capitalism, Darwinism, and class stratification find expression in the form of these bizarre yet disturbingly alluring monsters.

This Masterclass would be suitable for any student interested in studying:

  • English Language and Literature

Eligibility

Students must be on track to achieve AAA at A Level or 38 IB points, and must be studying English Literature (or combined Literature and Language).