Work Experience Programme
A hospital-based work experience programme is also available via the NHS Voluntary Services Office.
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‘I wanted to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to take part in the work experience programme. It was amazing to be able to talk to so many doctors and researchers and find out about their work and this week has really highlighted to me that medicine is what I would like to be doing in the future.’
‘The work experience programme made me consider intercalating at medical school and find an area of research I’m interested in, which I can potentially pursue as an academic doctor.’
‘The placement reaffirmed my interest in science and also made research appear more appealing and possible. It also increased my medical experience and has given me experiences I can talk about.’
'The placement has made me interested in research, as I now realise that research and clinical aspects of medicine are very interlinked and depend on each other.'
NDS Work Experience Programme for students AGED 16 OR OVER
The Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) at the University of Oxford provides a limited number of work experience placements for students aged 16 years old or over. We offer 12 placements over two weeks (six students per week) in July of every year.
The five-day programme is designed to offer students valuable experience in science and medicine, and will include time in the lab, the opportunity to shadow clinicians and research nurses, and a careers talk and feedback session.
During the week, students will take part in hands-on activities within different research groups in order to:
- Build knowledge and basic lab skills and techniques;
- Gain an understanding of how academic research and clinical trials are conducted;
- Experience the range of research areas and professions within NDS.
Previous NDS Work Experience Programmes have included:
- An introduction to organ transplant, which involved learning about the impact of different perfusion devices in preserving organs
- A demonstration of the High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)
- Shadowing surgeons and research nurses on the urology ward
- Carrying out practical work with scientists from the Transplantation Research and Immunology Group (TRIG)
- A tour of the hospital, which involved visiting the wards and talking to patients
- An introduction to global surgery
- Meeting the Head of Department, Professor Freddie Hamdy
- Carrying out a chocolate trial in the Surgical Intervention Trials Unit (SITU)
NDS WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAMME 2022
Read about the 2022 NDS Work Experience Programme
NDS Virtual Work Experience Programme 2020 and 2021
Due to the COVID-19 situation, we were not able to offer our usual on-site programme. However, we were pleased that we were able to provide an alternative programme online.
Read about the 2020 NDS Virtual Work Experience Programme
Read about the 2021 NDS and NDORMS Virtual Work Experience Programme
NDS WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAMME 2023
The work experience dates for 2023 are:
Week 1: 3-7 July
Week 2: 10-14 July
Applications for the NDS Work Experience Programme in July 2023 are now closed.
Have you thought of a career in medical research?
We are hosting a series of online talks/conversations with scientists from NDS, NDORMS and other University of Oxford Medical Science departments for Y12 students. These will be a mix of information about both the scientists careers and their research work with plenty of time for Q&As on either.
‘I really enjoyed the ability to see a range of areas of the hospital from clinical exposure to trying out research for ourselves.’
‘It was a great week and I learnt a lot. I especially enjoyed meeting so many different doctors and scientists.’
‘I found the tour of the hospital and the time spent in clinics the most useful, as it involved visiting the wards and talking to patients, which was my first patient contact. It was interesting to hear how the doctors spoke to patients one-on-one when having to deliver potentially devastating news.’
‘I really enjoyed the session to do with the HIFU research. It was really interesting and I may use this for a research project of my own.’
‘I really enjoyed the hands-on approach to the work experience and the openness which let me feel comfortable enough to ask questions. I loved the range of areas we got involved in. All parts we visited were extremely interesting and I will feel more inclined to follow the NDS research in the future.’
‘It has motivated me to read up more about clinical trials and ongoing research which has further inspired me to pursue a career in clinical research. It has shown me how varied a career in science is and how many different fields you could go into.’
'It was a good variety of experience, all was presented well, and was all very interesting. I particularly enjoyed shadowing doctors and nurses and seeing the HIFU machine.'
‘The most useful part for me was the time spent in the lab, as it showed what the life of a research scientist was like. The most interesting bit though was being in the clinic with patients, seeing the patient-doctor interactions and the tour by the vascular surgeon.’
‘I really enjoyed the morning we spent in the labs culturing CHO: CD154 cells and discussing current research that was taking place there.’