Masterclasses

Our Physics Masterclasses are events specifically set up to broaden Year 12 and 13 students' knowledge and experience.

We aim to enthuse students to continue studying physics and to develop their A-Level physics. We emphasise the "How Science Works" section of the physics A-Level specification during these events. For instance, we explain how the research projects fit into the wider global scientific community. We also host one of the STFC National Particle Physics Masterclasses. Our Masterclasses are delivered by researchers and postgraduate students.

How to attend a masterclass

A maximum of 16 students can attend each Masterclass.  Individual students must apply, and as places are limited, please apply early. All you have to do is complete our booking form stating the Masterclass you are interested in attending.

We will contact you and if there are places available. We will then send you a letter which includes a consent form for your parent or guardian to complete.

Travel allowances

If you live in Cumbria there are travel allowances available. We have a grant to pay for your train fares to these events. We shall send you the tickets once your place is confirmed and we have your completed consent form. Please enquiry for further details. 

Topics and Dates for 2018/19

Biomedical Physics, Waves & Oscillations Wednesday 27th March 2019
Turning Points in Physics Wednesday 8th May 2019
Accelerators in Particle Physics (Year 13 only) Wednesday 1st May 2019 
Nano Technology & Low Temperature Physics 

Wednesday 27th March 2019

Wednesday 29th May 2019

Space and Astrophysics

Wednesday 12th December 2018

Wednesday 13th March 2019

Wednesday 15th May 2019

Particle Physics

Wednesday 5th December 2018

Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Our Masterclasses feature

  • Talks from our researchers on cutting-edge science
  • Hands-on sessions in our laboratories demonstrated by our PhD students
  • Small group sizes which encourage a relaxed and supportive atmosphere
  • Based on the A-level specification
  • Real research

Benefits of our Masterclasses

  • Experience university life for a full day
  • Enhance your understanding of A-level concepts
  • Helps you decide if you want to study physics at university
  • No need to come with a teacher
  • Looks great on your UCAS form

To apply for a Physics Masterclass in your school or college, follow the link. Fill out all fields of the form to apply to any of the Physics Masterclasses. The dates are given on the form.

Meet the Team

Dr Andrew Blake

Lecturer in Experimental Neutrino Physics

Experimental Particle Physics

+44 (0)1524 595060 B032, B - Floor, Physics Building

Helen McAlley

Departmental Recruitment, Conversion and Marketing Coordinator

+44 (0)1524 592261 C026, C - Floor, Physics Building