Work Experience

Our work experience programme is a valuable opportunity for students to find out more about careers in biomedical science, gain an insight into life in laboratory research, and see inside our animal facility.

Years 10-11

This one-week programme will allow the students to access our research and service laboratories and experience the challenges and rewards of working in biomedical science. They will spend time in our world leading animal facility gaining valuable insight on how the use of animals in medical research is regulated and how our state-of-the-art methods allow the study of human diseases in model organisms.

Deadline for applications: 15th March 2024

Communication of outcome: 8th-12th April 2024

Work experience week: 1st-5th July 2024

Years 12-13

This one-week programme will allow students to rotate between different laboratories and gain theoretical and practical experience of the work and techniques used by the Mary Lyon Centre scientists, to advance the understanding of human genetic disease using the mouse as a model organism. They will be able to observe some of the work carried out in the animals facility and understand how mice help us dissect disease onset, progression, and outcome.

Deadline for applications: 15th March 2024

Communication of outcome: 8th-12th April 2024

Work experience week: 8th-12th July 2024

Year 13/university applicants

This one-week intensive programme will allow the students to go through a short scientific project, from design stage to data analysis and interpretation to gain invaluable practical laboratory skills, including health and safety, basic laboratory techniques as well as an overview of how to design a scientific experiment based on the available information and a well formulated scientific question.

Deadline for applications: 12th May 2024

Communication of outcomes: 20th-26th May 2024

Work experience week: 15th-19th July 2024

How to apply

To apply, you will need to send us your CV and a brief cover letter/personal statement about why you would like to come and do your work experience at MRC Harwell.

Please clearly specify which of the above programmes you are applying to and include in your cover letter any types of work done here that are of particular interest to you (for example microscopy, histology, pathology, or work with stem cells), as we hope to place successful applicants in teams that might better suit them.

Please send any enquiries/applications to

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