Science Insights

Science Insights

Science Insights is an exciting work experience programme designed to give 5th year high school pupils a real insight into the work and life of research scientists.

Science Insights Online provides an opportunity for 60 high school pupils to spend a week of their summer holidays following a varied programme of online activities hosted by staff and students from four different University of Edinburgh campuses, gaining a real insight into research and work in many different areas of biological, biomedical and animal sciences.

The annual programme – launched in 2014 by the Institute of Genetics and Cancer and The Roslin Institute – now involves all six research institutes in the University of Edinburgh College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, providing access to its cutting-edge facilities and inspiring researchers.

Activities include:

  • Virtual tours of a range of scientific facilities
  • Presentations, workshops and discussions on topics including research ethics, the use of animals in research and careers in science
  • Opportunities for online group chats with current University of Edinburgh students and researchers
  • Skills session to help with future university applications

What Science Insights Alumni say

“The science insights team made everyone feel involved and planned an amazing and insightful week that I won’t forget.”

“It was extraordinarily worthwhile.  If next year’s SI students are going to have anything near my experience then they should know they are in for something special.”


Please note that Science Insights Online is not designed as a work experience programme for school pupils planning to apply to Medicine only. Instead, it is aimed at those who are curious about research in biological, biomedical and animal sciences, and/or who may still be deciding which areas to explore.

If you are looking for advice on obtaining work experience for your application to Medicine, we recommend the Medical Schools Council webpages:

You can explore other events from the University’s College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine here: and check if you are eligible to join our Reach programme for aspiring doctors and vets here:

How to apply

Science Insights

How to apply to Science Insights.

Researchers and students from across the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine participate in Science Insights.

Stories from our Science Insights Alumni and about the programme.

A selection of images from past Science Insights weeks.