Biology and Medicine Residential 22nd – 24th July 2018

This residential will cover a range of biology-based courses, including Medicine, Psychological and Behavioural Sciences, and Biological Natural Sciences. The programme will run from Sunday 22nd July to Tuesday 24th July 2018, during which time you’ll attend lectures and classes, taught by Cambridge academics, in a wide variety of different subjects. Applications are open until the 22nd of May 2018, and you can apply at the bottom of this page.

Sample academic sessions:
-Developmental Biology – How to Build an Organism
-Neuroscience and Psychiatry – Dreams and Sleep Paralysis
-Engineering Living Systems in Synthetic Biology
-Medical Sciences – Understanding Malaria

You’ll get the chance to meet current fellows and undergraduates, and gain a fantastic insight into what it’s like to study at Trinity. This residential is in its fourth year, and many of the students who attend go on to study these subjects at top universities, including Cambridge.  Attendees will also have the chance to explore the city of Cambridge, and take part in a range of social activities. The residential is free of charge, including accommodation and food costs and there are funds available to cover travel expenses to and from Cambridge.

Eligibility and Selection

All of our residentials are open to students at UK schools who will be aged 16 or over by the first day of the residential. There are limited places available on this residential, and we anticipate being over-subscribed, so unfortunately we cannot offer a place to every applicant.

Applicants will be assessed based on their academic record, their commitment to exploring their subject at a higher level, and their teacher’s reference. Trinity’s residentials form a significant part of the college’s widening participation programme. Therefore we are particularly keen to identify students with little or no family tradition of higher education, those whose schools don’t send many applicants to Cambridge, and students who’ve spent any time in care.

If selected to attend, applicants will be sent a confirmation form and a code of conduct, which they must print and have signed by a parent/guardian before returning it by post to Trinity College. This is to confirm that they have permission to attend the Residential in Cambridge.

For the Biology and Medicine Residential, students must be taking Biology at A level (or equivalent), alongside two others from: Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics. Applicants should note that Chemistry is a required subject to study Medicine at university, however A level Chemistry is not a prerequisite for attending the residential. If you have any questions about specific A level requirements, please contact Terri-Leigh at


“The whole residential was excellent – I never expected to experience so many wonderful things in three days! The lectures were very inspirational, and opened up my view on the immense scale of opportunities there are in research, and how every one of them are essential to our daily lives.” (Jeong, Biological Sciences Residential 2016).

“There were no lectures I didn’t enjoy – they were all excellent!” (Harry, Biological Sciences Residential 2016).

“The Trinity residential helped me to understand the diversity of current students attending the university, and see the variety of options within chosen subjects. The lecture in synthetic biology was most interesting to me as it revealed so much of the advancements currently being made and gave me ideas on what to read.” (Anonymous, Biological Sciences Residential 2016).

“My experience of the residential was excellent. The food and accommodation were amazing and all the lectures were very interesting – it gave me the opportunity to spend time in Cambridge and experience what it’s really like to be a student there.” (Zara, Biological Sciences Residential 2016).

You may also be interested in our Women in STEM Residential in August (open to female and non-binary students only) – this residential focuses more on physical sciences, so would be more relevant for students considering applying to Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science, Physics and Maths courses at university. However, students will only be permitted to attend one of Trinity’s residentials, so we ask you to consider carefully which one to apply for before you submit your application.