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Summer schools

The Discover Chemistry Summer School at King’s College London is a week long programme aimed at Year 12 year students who are studying chemistry. During this week we hope to help pupils answer some of these questions: Do I want to go to university? I like lab work, but what will it be like to study science at university? What is it like being a King’s College London student?

This week-long, non-residential Chemistry Summer School will involve lab and campus tours, lectures, and hands-on workshops. You will enhance your technical knowledge of the undergraduate chemistry laboratories: as well as your communication skills as student scientists. These skills will be developed in sessions on academic poster creation and presentation sessions. During lab sessions you will synthesise your own sunscreens, characterize them using IR and NMR as well as test the effect of chemical structure on UV-absorption. During lunchtimes, current King's students will help with personal statements and interview preparations. For the final day your parents and teachers will be invited to see your presentations and experience at the Waterloo Campus first hand.

Applications for our 2022 summer school will open in January 2022. Please check here for further updates. 

Summer School contact

Dr Helen Coulshed & Dr David Pugh


I found King's Chemistry Summer School to be a fun and useful insight into university life...Chemistry Summer School helped me and others realise the careers and opportunities gained from studying chemistry. I now have more confidence that studying a chemistry-related degree is the right choice for me.

Alicia, 2017



'The event was an undoubtedly memorable and valuable experience, which no-one should miss out on...The summer school was also helpful in improving many skills, such as teamwork and presentation; this was incorporated when we were given the opportunity to work in groups of eight to combine all our data together in order to come up with a team poster discussing which type of sunscreen was most effective, and my team won!

Tareq, 2017





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