9am - 4pm
Tuesday 30 July - Thursday 1 August 2019

Biosciences residential masterclass

University of Surrey residential masterclasses offer a unique combination of academic and social activities alongside the opportunity for students to increase their subject awareness.

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Applications for 2019 residential masterclasses are open now and will close on Sunday 2nd June 2019. 


This masterclass will focus around central themes within the biosciences and students will explore topics covering biological sciences, biochemistry, biomedical science and more. Students will learn practical lab skills, develop analytical thinking, gain a better understanding of current scientific issues and get to grips with a whole range of specialist laboratory equipment.

The masterclass aims to introduce students to the wide variety of courses available within the biosciences by exploring the courses we offer at Surrey.

Students will spend three days with us on the Biosciences Residential Masterclass, where they will:

  • Participate in workshops, lectures and practical lab sessions
  • Explore the subject area in greater depth
  • Experience the excellent teaching and facilities at the University of Surrey
  • Engage with current students
  • Meet like-minded year 12 students
  • Stay in their own room in University accommodation
  • Take part in an exciting programme of social activities

The Biosciences Residential Masterclass will provide a first-hand experience of what studying at university is like, allow students to explore their chosen subject area in greater depth, and provide an excellent example to help with writing a personal statement. 


To be eligible for the programme, you must be:

  • A current year 12 student
  • Students must be studying biology or chemistry and a second science or mathematics at A-level or equivalent
  • Available for the duration of the programme.

Entry requirements

We accept:

  • A-Levels - you should be working between BBC - ABB level 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) - if you are studying IB, you should be working at around an overall score of 32 and may be required to be taking a particular subject. 
  • BTEC - we can accept BTEC qualifications.Depending on the course, these may need to be studied alongside a combination of A-Levels. 

If you have any questions about your qualifications and whether they meet residential masterclass requirements, or if you are studying alternative qualifications please don't hesitate to contact us

Time off from school/college

You may need to take a day off school/college to attend a residential masterclass. Usually, sixth form and college students have around five days that they are able to take off to attend things like taster days, residential programmes and open days. Your teacher will be able to tell you the policy at your school. 

How to apply

To make an application you will need:

  • Your working level (if you're not sure you should ask your teacher who will be able to help)
  • A short statement detailing interest in your chosen masterclass and your motivation to attend (Maximum 500 words)
  • Contact details of a current teacher referee.

Applications for the residential masterclass will close on Sunday 2nd June 2019. 

Cost and bursaries

There is a cost of £175 to cover your accommodation, meals and activities, however, you may be eligible for a free place if you attend a UK state school/college and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Students from families where parents are in non-professional households (NS-SEC groups 4-8)
  • Students from low income families (eligible for free school meals in last six years)
  • Students from Low Participation Neighbourhoods (LPN, defined as POLAR quintiles 1 and 2 in HEFCE’s POLAR4* classification) 
  • Students from families which have no parental history of participation in Higher Education
  • Students from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups
  • Students who are care leavers
  • Students who are refugees
  • Students who are classified as having a disability
  • Students who are young carers
  • Students estranged from their families
  • Students who have a parent/carer that has served in the armed forces or reserves
  • White males from economically disadvantaged backgrounds (eligible for FSM, from NS-SEC groups 4-8 or live in an LPN).

* You can check if you live in an LPN (POLAR4 Quintile 1 or 2) by using the online postcode look up tool

You will be automatically assessed based on the information you provide on your application form.

If you are offered a place on a residential masterclass and are eligible for a free place, we will contact you with more information. 

Studying biosciences at Surrey

For further information about our studying biosciences at Surrey, visit our biosciences and medicine undergraduate subject page.

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