The IMSR Summer School


The IMSR Summer School, led by Dr Paul Foster and Dr Vicki Smith, is a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience on how metabolism and endocrinology effects disease.

The school provides an invaluable opportunity to do scientific research and to bolster student CVs. Some of our past summer students have found their experience so rewarding they have returned to intercalate or to take their PhDs at the University of Birmingham.

In 2019, the IMSR Summer School cohort fought off tough competition to join the department and work with our Principle Investigators (PIs) on individual projects. The students, from the Universities of Birmingham and Sheffield, studied Biomedical Science, Medicine, and Biochemistry and spent six-eight weeks in the IMSR, learning basic techniques, attending a weekly Journal Club and having the opportunity to participate in IMSR seminars and activities.



Applications for the IMSR Summer School 2020 are now closed. 

Who is eligible to apply?

Students should currently be an undergraduate and must not be in their final year of study. We encourage students from any biological/chemical field to apply, including from medicine, biomedical sciences, biochemical engineering, biosciences, and pharmacy.

Is any funding available to support Summer School students?

Funding is not necessary to apply, however students who are accepted into the IMSR should be prepared to apply for funding to support their time with us. This document (PDF, 180kb) is a guide to students and Principal Investigators to help identify potential funding streams and relevant deadlines.

For questions regarding any aspect of the IMSR Summer School please contact Dr Paul Foster ( or Dr Vicki Smith (

Here are some comments from previous IMSR summer students:  


Past summer school students speaking about their experiences


For more information about our researchers

Read more about the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research and the IMSR Principal Investigators