Access and Widening Participation


Population Health Sciences Non-Residential Summer School

Experience life as a Population Health Sciences student at our non-residential summer school for Year 12s.

students sitting at a table listening to a student ambassador

The Population Health Sciences Summer School is an exciting opportunity for Year 12 students who want to learn more about this university level subject. The Summer School is non-residential, running 11am – 4pm to allow students to travel in from outside London each day.

Population Health Sciences study the factors that shape our health, including the social and physical environment, the way we live, healthcare systems and our genes.  Population health scientists use data to answer important questions on topics including the obesity epidemic, population ageing, epigenetics and much more!

Throughout the week you will learn through lectures and seminars, as well as group work to give you a well-rounded introduction to health research, data analysis and how to present your findings. No prior experience or specific subject knowledge is required. You will learn from programme leaders as well as UCL doctoral students showcasing their area of expertise.  Student ambassadors (current UCL students) will be on hand to answer any questions about your work, living in London, studying at UCL, or university life in general.

The summer school is free to attend, including lunch and refreshments.  You need to arrange your own travel, but if the travel costs are a barrier for you, please contact us.  

Date and Time 

Monday 5 August 2024 – Friday 9 August 2024,10:00am – 4:00pm


This event is open to students who are currently in Year 12 and are studying at a state school or college.

Participants for this programme will be selected using the shortlisting criteria found on the 
Who we work with webpage to prioritise young people from the least represented groups. You will be awarded points based on the number of criteria that you meet. Applicants with the highest numbers of points will be offered the places available on the programme.


Applications are now open for the UCL Population Health Sciences Summer School 2024 and will close on Friday 5 July at 11:59pm:

Apply for UCL Population Health Sciences Summer School 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to attend the UCL Population Health Sciences Summer School?

Nothing - it's completely free. We will reimburse your travel costs and provide lunch each day.

Do I have to stay over for the Summer Schools?

The summer school is non-residential. You will be required to travel to and from the Summer School each day, however we can arrange for a Student Ambassador to meet you at the station to accompany you to the venue on day 1.

I can only attend part of the Summer School, should I still apply?

Unfortunately, we require 100% attendance for the duration of the Summer School so if you already have plans that affect your attendance, we must prioritise those that can fully attend the Summer School.

I have a disability or accessibility need. How can you support me during the Summer School?

UCL welcomes students with disabilities and will try to meet your needs wherever possible. Please include as much information about your accessibility requirement in your application and we will be in contact with you after places are allocated to discuss how we can best support you.

I have more questions, how do I get in touch?

Please contact wp.taster@ucl.ac.uk with any further questions you have. Please put Population Health Sciences Summer School in your subject so we can direct you to the right member of staff to answer your questions.