Vijdan Cakli
UCL Widening Participation and UK Undergraduate Recruitment
T: 020 7679 0489
E: v.cakli@ucl.ac.uk

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Junior Masterclasses (Years 8-9)

Junior Masterclasses are delivered by UCL academics and PhD students and are hands-on interactive sessions designed to give young people a taste of learning at university. 

Year 8 and 9 pupils will need to be accompanied by a parent or carer. 

Please note: Applications for the Year 8 and 9 masterclasses have now closed for this academic year.

Below are details of the sessions we ran this year:


Up Close and Personal with your DNA

Ever wondered what exactly is DNA and what makes your DNA unique? From a sample of your cheek cells you will extract your own DNA using techniques used in research laboratories. Once obtained, your DNA will be placed into a sealed bottle and visualised. You will be able to take your DNA home with you.

Smart Energy Users - spaces remaining 

In the event, we will discuss how to collect, store and use renewable energy. In addition to wind and solar energy, what other renewable energy is available? Also different ways to store the collected energy, and most important use them in a smart way.

Ageing and Immortality

How do we age? Why do we age? Can we ever be immortal? This masterclass offers a glimpse into the world of scientific research, and in particular research into ageing. We will explore the use of smaller organisms in ageing research, how scientists have been able to extend their lifespans in the laboratory, and how this is relevant to humans. We will also discuss the ethical considerations that come with advances in scientific research.

What's in my medicine?

Come and learn how to make medicines including creams and capsules, just like pharmacy students do at university. We will also talk about:

- Research and development of medicines

- The different types of medicines and how they are made

- How medicines work in the body

- Careers related to medicine and healthcare

Childhood in the Ancient World

Would you like to have been a child more than 2,000 years ago? This masterclass will show students what it was like to be a child in the ancient world. We will look both at the more pleasant and the more serious sides of this issue. On the one hand we will try out some Greek and Roman children’s games and see whether or not they are different from how we pass the time today, and we will consider how we know about what children used to do. On the other hand we will study the Roman education system and see what and how children learned at school and who was able to attend school and what this tells us about ancient society. Let’s see whether life in the ancient world sounds appealing!

We also run a number of Junior Masterclasses for young people in years 10 and 11