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  • Locations: Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 04/01/2020 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.
Program Description:


The Canterbury campus is built on 300 acres of parkland 20 minutes walk from Canterbury city centre. The campus is self-contained and is based round four colleges which include student accommodation, teaching and social facilities and some academic departments. Canterbury is a city with a warm and friendly atmosphere. It has been permanently inhabited for over 2,000 years since pre-Roman times. Augustine established his first cathedral and abbey here in around AD 600, and in medieval times the city became a centre for pilgrimage to the shrine of St Thomas Becket, made famous by Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The city centre today shows much of its medieval history in ancient streets and buildings. The cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s Church form a World Heritage Site – one of only 15 such sites in the British Isles. It has a good mix of traditional and ethnic restaurants, and some terrific pubs and bars ranging from traditional watering holes to cutting edge venues. Canterbury is a wonderful place to be a student and, according to the Times Good University Guide 2007, it has the lowest crime levels of any university city in the UK.


An excellent network of transport links connects East Kent with London and mainland Europe. London is only 60 miles away and you can reach London in 55 minutes by train. The Channel ports are less than 20 miles away and the French ports of Calais or Boulogne are approximately 75 minutes by ferry from Dover, Folkestone and Ramsgate. It is only 20 minutes train ride to the Eurostar terminal at Ashford International. From there you can be in Paris in about two hours


The Summer School aims to improve your understanding and practical skills in biotechnology. The focused 2-week period will allow in-depth study and immersion in a stimulating research environment. The academic sessions will be based around interactive workshops, practical sessions, group work and an extended project. All practical sessions, workshops and classes will be led by research-active faculty members with years of experience and much to offer participants.

Protein gelThe initial stages of the Summer School will involve an intensive rotation of practical sessions, covering key practical skills in molecular biology and biotechnology in small groups. These will be accompanied by interactive workshops and classes that review the theory of these techniques, and will use case studies to illustrate their impact and importance in both academic and industrial settings.

As the Summer School develops, you will apply these skills and learn others as part of an extended project. This exciting and cutting-edge project will involve the production of discrete antibody fragments, each of which have the potential to target specific diseases (Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, Glioblastoma, Tuberculosis). During this project, you will take this therapeutic protein from initial bioinformatic analysis and genetic design stage through transfection, expression in host system, protein purification and characterization, and functional analysis. You gain hands-on experience of using state-of-the-art equipment in our multi-million pound research facilities, and gain the satisfaction of generating a bioactive protein from first principles.

microorganisms growing on the agar plateAt the end of your project you will present the outcomes of you project in a research symposium. You will be given guidance on giving presentations and preparing scientific posters during the Summer School and an opportunity to develop your communication skills. You will also benefit from workshops on commercialisation, intellectual property and ethics, and will gain experience in discussing science with non-scientists (such as policy-makers, venture capitalists, and the general public).

Accomodation & Social Program

You will be housed on campus in student accommodation and the cost of accommodation is included in the price of the Summer School. All student accommodation consists of single-bedded private rooms with shared facilities in Parkwood, housing five or six students of mixed gender.

The social programme will feature the following:
•Tour of the city of Canterbury
•Tour of Canterbury Cathedral
•Tour of the University campus
•Visit to local pubs
•"Mid-term" barbecue (weather permitting!)
•Weekly dinner in local restaurants