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Biosciences Programmes 2023

Are you, or the students you work with, currently interested in studying Biology at University? Do you want to find out more about Natural Sciences and Biology related courses at the University of Cambridge and broaden your knowledge of the subject? We have an excellent experience for you, here at Cambridge.

You can apply now for both our Biosciences Residential, with the deadline approaching.

This is a programme for state-educated UK students to develop their knowledge and skills in biological sciences, free of charge. You must be in Year 12 (England & Wales), Year 13 (Northern Ireland), and S5 (Scotland).

It may interest you that by studying Biological Natural Sciences at Cambridge, you are able to specialise in your third year and get a degree in one of Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Pathology, Zoology, Plant Science, Genetics, Pharmacology, Chemistry and more. You can learn more about studying Biology at Cambridge here and here, and can find more out on our own Natural Sciences page here


Biosciences Residential Scheme (now open)

Dates: 14th – 17th August
Apply by: 11th June

For more details including dates and to apply, complete this online form.

This residential is to help you explore whether Biological Natural Sciences at Cambridge is for you, through experiencing what it might be like to study with us. Homerton College and Trinity College are teaming up to deliver for you a tailored programme which will include:

  • Interactive insights into Biochemistry, Zoology, Plant Sciences, and Physiology at Cambridge. You will learn what this areas mean and what it would be like to study them.
  • Practical demonstrations and experience in departmental laboratories.
  • A student-like experience of living in Trinity College, and chance to explore Homerton College.
  • A mixture of academic sessions, admissions workshops, and social activities.
  • Support from ambassadors, academics and outreach teams who all want to support you.

Just like Natural Sciences at Cambridge, on this residential you will not be constrained to one biological topic, so this programme is most suited to you if you enjoy a range of themes in Biology and are curious about biological systems and techniques across fields.

Our Bioscience Residential is completely free, including meals and accommodation. Travel can also be reimbursed, which we will contact you above when making these arrangements.

For the residential application, you will also need to provide the email of one of your teachers as a reference.


These programmes are for state-educated UK students who are applying during Year 12 (England & Wales), Year 13 (Northern Ireland), and S5 (Scotland). Applicants will ideally be studying Maths, and two sciences. Applicants will be assessed based on their academic record and commitment to exploring biological sciences at university.

This programme also aims to support students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in higher education, including those with little or no family experience with higher education, those whose schools don’t send many applicants to Cambridge University, and students who’ve spent any time in care.

We also particularly encourage applicants from northern regions of England, including Yorkshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.


Online Biology Scholars Programme (now closed)

Dates: One evening per week from 15th May to 19th June, and a final session Mid-July
Apply by: 9am on the 2nd May, 2023

For more details including dates and to apply, complete this online form.

We are partnered with The Brilliant Club to offer a Scholars Programme, open to current Year 12 (lower sixth)/S5 students across England and Scotland, during the summer term. This programme will be delivered online and is completely free. 

The Brilliant Club PhD Tutors will teach you a course relating to their cutting-edge area of research in the field of Biological Sciences and will guide you through the programme. You will take part in a welcome webinar then five, one hour tutorials, with additional talks and guidance from us. As a participant on the programme, you will:

  • Join a group of seven students, working with a PhD tutor on five tutorials, and each create an academic poster on a specialist area.
  • Receive feedback on your poster from your tutor.
  • Attend three webinars delivered by Trinity College, providing useful information about the Natural Sciences course, making an application and making decisions about your university choices.

This course will be most suited to you are curious about going beyond your school curriculum and if you want to learn more about current research in areas of Drug Development, Microbiology, Populations and Evolution.

We are open to applications from all UK students, and particularly encourage applicants from northern regions of England, including Yorkshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.

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