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Taster Courses

Taster courses are open to Year 12 students. For more information on tasters courses, please visit the University of London taster course website. You will be able to apply to the 2017 taster courses from January 2018

Details of taster courses which have ran in the past at the School of Engineering and Materials Science are shown below.

For more information, please contact us at sems-outreach@qmul.ac.uk

Options for Women in Engineering: focus on Materials, Design and Biomedical Engineering

The course is open to female students who have an interest in applied science and engineering. It is suitable for students who are taking, or planning to take, maths and a science subject (biology, chemistry or physics) at A2 level.
On this one day course, female students will be introduced to various streams of engineering in a female-only student environment.  The course will inform girls about the choices available to them and will therefore help them to make educational and career decisions.
The course will give you the chance to find out more about degrees and careers in Materials, Design and Biomedical Engineering.  The day will give you hands-on experience and the chance to participate in practical experiments and relate some of the school curriculum to solving engineering problems.

Aerospace Engineering: The sky's the limit

This course is suitable for students who are taking, or planning to take, maths and physics at A2 level.  It is open to students who are creative and original in problem-solving.
You will get the chance to learn about what aerospace engineering is, experience a taster lecture and see a demonstration of some of our equipment. 

Medical Materials: Discover the materials used and adapted for medical applications

This half-day course is designed for students who have an interest in science and who are studying, or planning to study, at least two of the following at A2 Level: Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Biology.
Medical devices save and enhance millions of lives every year. The Medical Materials Taster Course is your chance to explore, hands-on, how new materials in medicine are helping to solve medical problems. It will introduce you to the diverse and novel properties of materials and how they interact with the human body. You will see demonstrations and take part in practicals.

Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering: Ideas for the future

This course is suitable for students taking, or planning to take, maths or physics and a creative subject at A2 level.
Design is a subject that lies between art and science – it involves both creative and logical thinking. A degree in Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering would equip you with the skills to be able to successfully innovate products.
This taster course will offer students the opportunity to experience design work in the studio. The course will be practical-based and will give you the opportunity to explore your creativity within a technological environment.

Materials Science: Exploring the world of materials

This half-day course is designed for students who have an interest in science and who are studying, or planning to study, at least two of the following at A2 Level: Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Biology.
As science now enters the nano age, materials science is at the very forefront of the latest technological innovations, from high efficiency solar cells, to lightweight wind turbine blades to the latest mobile phones. Combining a variety of scientific disciplines, materials science offers a fascinating and rewarding degree course in the understanding and control of material properties. This interactive taster course will you a hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of materials science, as well as explaining the career prospects available.

Biomedical Engineering: The technical alternative to medicine

The course is open to students who have an interest in medicine but are also interested in the technology and design.  It is suitable for students who are taking, or planning to take, maths and a science subject (biology, chemistry or physics) at A2 level.
You will get a chance to learn about biomedical engineering, why you might want to study it instead of medicine and the exciting career opportunities for medical engineers.  The half-day course will give you hands-on experience, allow you to participate in a problem-based-learning exercise and to take part in practical experiments.  Most importantly, you will find out how engineering can be used to solve medical problems, and learn how future of medical engineering is going to incorporate the development of not only implants, but also diagnostic systems.