Work Experience Programme
A hospital-based work experience programme is also available via the NHS Voluntary Services Office.
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 10 placements over two weeks (five 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.
NDS Work Experience Programme 2019
The work experience dates for 2019 are:
Week 1: 8-12 July
Week 2: 15-19 July
The application process is now closed.
‘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.’