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EPS Summer Schools 2024

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EPS INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL
SPEND FOUR WEEKS WITH US IN A UNIQUE ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

Spend four weeks with us in Northern Ireland, immersing yourself in a unique academic and cultural experience, and pursue your interests in one of our tailored summer school programmes. All of our Summer Schools programmes include:

  • A unique immersive academic and cultural experience, with the opportunity to pursue your academic interests.
  • One technical module in your chosen area supported by an additional module which teaches students professional skills.
  • Guaranteed accommodation on campus for the duration of the Summer School.
  • Opportunities to explore Northern Ireland with cultural and historical field trips.
  • A social programme including a welcome reception, social events and ‘Ceilidh’ Night (traditional Irish music and dancing).
Programmes

Full details of 2024 modules are to be confirmed. As an example, module details from previous years are below. 

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PSYCHOLOGY

 

MODULE:

Psychology in Everyday Life: Applications for Health and Wellbeing

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Understand foundational and emerging questions related to health and wellbeing, drawing on Social, Clinical Health, Cognitive, Sport, Forensic and Occupational Psychology

Gain knowledge of methodological and ethical issues relevant to the study of health and wellbeing via a range of hands-on tasks and activities

Design practical elements of a research project: qualitative and quantitative research methods, experimental design, ethics applications, questionnaire design, and using online recruitment systems

Gain experience in oral presentations

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NATURAL AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT

 

MODULE: 

Building for Net Zero: from conception, to design to build. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES: 

Understand the impact of Civil Engineering on the built environment and our role/responsibility to de-carbonisation construction 

Develop an understanding of the basic principles of structural design, load paths for simple structures and deploy this to develop an outline design concept 

Develop engineering skills in drawing (hand drawing and CAD) and from this create a model structure for testing (make-break)

Gain critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork skills from group-based workshops/mini-projects

Enhance oral presentation skills

 

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ELECTRONICS, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

MODULE:

Microcontroller Programming (Arduino/Tinkercad Simulation)

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Gain an introduction to microcontroller programming using ‘C’

Understand the basic principles of interfacing digital and analogue circuits to microcontrollers

Learn the basic principles of serial communications

Practice practical analogue signals for microcontrollers

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MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS

 

MODULE:

Simulation, Physical and Mathematical Analysis 

LEARNING OUTCOMES: 

Explore a variety of topics, ranging from machine learning, mathematical analysis to chemical physics

Gain knowledge of some applications in science and technology, such as photons, particles, nuclear decay and nuclear fusion

Sharpen your mathematical analysis skills and deepen your understanding of convergence of series

Understand the basics of how machine learning can be used for the properties of molecular systems, incorporating symmetry

Understand different types of observations of the Sun from space at different wavelengths, and the impacts of solar activity on our planet

Engine

MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

MODULE:

Project on Mechatronics and Robotics

LEARNING OUTCOMES: 

Understanding general principles of Mechatronics as an interdisciplinary topic between Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Gain knowledge of basic terms in Dynamic Systems, including Degrees of Freedom, Motions, Velocity, Accelerations, Forces, Torque and Gears

Gain basic knowledge in electrical devices such as sensors and motors

Get experience in use of computer software to train Robots

Test tubes

CHEMISTRY AND CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

MODULE:

Solving Global Challenges with Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (CCE)

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Gain knowledge of sensors in disease diagnosis, next generation of antibiotics, computer-aided molecular engineering and AI accelerated rational design 

Gain knowledge of design, preparation of functional materials and their applications in sustainable development such as renewable energy, energy storage, CO2 capture/conversion 

Gain critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork skills from group-based workshops/mini-projects  

Gain experience via practical labs, computational workshops, VR lab  

Enhance oral presentation skills 

WHY JOIN OUR SUMMER SCHOOL?

Hear from our students

Watch our short video to see what previous summer school students got up to during their academic sessions, cultural trips and social evenings.

 
£700M CAMPUS INVESTMENT IN CUTTING EDGE FACILITIES
 

QUEEN'S IS ONE OF THE TOP 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSITIES IN THE UK  

(Times Higher Education 2023)
 

RANKED 85 IN THE WORLD FOR IMPACT

(Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023)
 
BELFAST HAS THE LOWEST COST OF LIVING IN THE UK
(Mercer Cost of Living City Ranking 2023)
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
PROGRAMME DETAILS
Please find below some key dates for applying to the summer school
  • Online application close - Friday 26 April 2024
  • Payment deadline - Friday 19 April 2024
  • Visa application - May 2024

Once you have been notified of successful application you will be asked to make the full payment and provide your passport details in order to receive your visa invitation letter. 

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FEES
TUITION FEES

Tuition Fee: £1400

  • All tuition fees 
  • Welcome and Farewell meals 
  • Field trips and social events including meals

Accommodation Fee: £1300

The accommodation fee includes 28 nights in Queen’s new student accommodation facility and will be available from Sunday 21 July to Saturday 17 August 2024 inclusive. 

If you plan to arrive early or stay with us in Belfast a few extra days, additional nights can be purchased at £45 per night. Please indicate this when you are making the payment. 

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BEFORE YOU APPLY
APPLICATION INFORMATION

Entry Requirement: The summer school is designed for students currently studying an undergraduate degree at stage 1 or 2 in a subject area relevant to their selected programme.

Whether you are a student applying individually or you are a member of staff from a university who would like to send a group of students, we would love to welcome you!

GROUP BOOKINGS

If you work with an institution and wish to register a group of students for the International Summer School at Queen’s, we would be delighted to assist you.

For further information, please contact us at epssummerschool@qub.ac.uk

In order to apply for the EPS Summer School, your students must complete the simple application form.

The deadline for applications is Friday 5 April 2024. 

The deadline for full payment is Friday 19 April 2024.

Before your students apply please make sure you have read and agreed to our terms and conditions.

 

INDIVIDUAL APPLICATIONS

In order to apply for the EPS Summer School, you must complete the simple online form on the ‘Apply Now’ tab.

The deadline for applications is Friday 5 April 2024. 

The deadline for full payment is Friday 19 April 2024.

Once you have completed the online application form we may be in touch to ask for some further information. Once you have been notified of successful application you will be asked to make the full payment and provide your passport details in order to receive your visa invitation letter. Programmes can fill up quickly and therefore we run on a ‘first come first serve’ basis, we cannot hold or guarantee your place on this programme until the fee is paid. 

Before you apply please make sure you have read and agreed to our terms and conditions.

 

 

 

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Accommodation
Queen's Accommodation for Summer School Students

The accommodation fee includes 28 nights in Queen’s new student accommodation facility and will be available from the night of Sunday 21 July to the night of Saturday 17 August 2024 inclusive

If you plan to arrive early or stay with us in Belfast a few extra days, additional nights can be purchased at £45 per night. Please indicate this when you are making the payment. 

The new accommodation at BT2 opened in Autumn 2018 and is located just 15 minutes walk from Queen’s main campus (0.9miles). You’ll be neighbours with the vibrant city-center nightlife, popular restaurants, and local supermarkets. You will be nestled in the middle of a fantastic coffee culture featuring some of Belfast’s most popular independent coffee shops.

Each apartment is comprised of a maximum of 6 en suite private bedrooms and a communal equipped kitchen and living room area with television and sofa. There is also a self-service laundry facility located within the accommodation (equipped with washing machines, dryers, irons and ironing boards).

 

Queen's Accommodation includes:

- Private room
- Private en suite bathroom
- Thermostat control within private bedroom
- Utility bills
- WiFi Internet
- Bed linen and towels (Changed once a week)
- Cleaning service: Kitchen and communal area cleaned once a week. Please note students are responsible for washing the dishes and cookware themselves
- Communal kitchen and common room with a TV and kitchen equipment
- 24-hour safety staff
- Reception (8am - 8pm, 7 days a week)

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Visa Information
Find out more about our visa requirements

Please read our Study Abroad guidance pages for visa information and requirements.

Once you have been notified of successful application you will be asked to make the full payment and provide your passport details. Once we are in receipt of the full payment we will arrange your visa support letter. We aim to provide visa support letters at the beginning of May to allow students around 2 months to sort visas. This should allow you sufficient time to have everything in order for their arrival at Queen’s.

 

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ESSENTIAL INFORMATION
TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Please ensure you read our terms and conditions prior to application.

Our terms and conditions can be found below and include information on:

- Cancellations and refunds

- Data protection

- Student Code of Conduct

- Complaints procedure

 

2024 Summer School T&C

HAVE A QUESTION?
Get in touch
FAQs
Please find the answers here to some frequently asked questions:
  1. What are the visa requirements, including English? A. This general information may be useful: https://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/iss/AdditionalSupport/IncomingExchangeStudyAbroadStudents/ 
  2. How many teaching credits does every module have? A. The summer school is non credit bearing. So, no module has credits.
  3. How many class hours does a module take weekly? A. There are 4 teaching days total per week, whatever module is selected.
  4. Will you offer TAs, tutors, interpreters or translators for the modules? A. Language support via TAs will be provided; this is during sessions only, not after class.
  5. Where is the online application form? A. Link here, click ‘Apply’  https://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/Studyabroad/international-summer-schools/EPS/
  6. What are details of the accommodation? A. The new BT2 Elms student accommodation, on the Malone Road is 15 mins walk from the main Lanyon campus building or take the 8B bus line that runs on Malone Road directly past the main Lanyon gates. All rooms are single occupancy ensuite, i.e. the bathroom has a toilet, shower and sink and is attached to the single room, both private to the occupant. Participants should bring their own toiletries, though basic mini shower gel and toilet tissue is provided free and refilled once a week. Should participants require assistance during their stay, ground floor Reception is open 8.00am-8.00pm, and we have 24 hour security onsite. 
  7. Is there an extra charge for the kitchen? A. The free kitchen with common room is a shared space on each floor shared by 4-6 rooms. It is equipped with appliances: cooker, microwave, fridge-freezer, kettle, toaster and a television. Kitchen utensils like cutlery etc. are available, 1 pack per kitchen.
  8. Is there Internet access in teaching areas and during field trips? A. Teaching areas and accommodation have free campus-wide wifi access. Normally there will not be wifi on vehicles during field trips, although public transport or cafes often offer wifi.
  9. Is there an extra charge for the washing machine? A. There is an onsite laundry at an extra charge per wash and per dry, with washing machines for use in the ground floor laundry room. Prices are set by Circuit laundry at approximately £3.10 for a wash and £2.00 for a dry. Participants need to provide their own washing powder.
  10. Is there a canteen? A. There is not a canteen onsite. There are snacks and drinks vending machines in Reception. Nearby are restaurants and cafes, local convenience or grocery stores. There are also coffee shops/cafés at both the main QUB campus and the One Elmwood Students Union building. Should you wish to arrange a catering package externally for any occasion, we recommend Café Krem, based at the Junction Café, main QUB site.
  11. Can the summer school participants cook their own meals in the dorm? A. Participants (and staff) can cook their own meals only in the shared kitchen space. Whenever cooking, please open the windows and turn on the small extractor fans to blow air outdoors and ensure kitchens remain well ventilated and free from smoke.
  12. How much money should one budget for meals and grocery during this 4 week program? A. £200 - £300 total for grocery and eating out several times a month. Given the recent food prices inflation, best to budget on the higher side. https://www.nimblefins.co.uk/average-uk-household-cost-food
  13. Where are the smoking areas? A. You can smoke outdoors at the designated smoking areas only. Our campus and accommodation is otherwise non-smoking. 
  14. Where is the free gym? A. The free gym for participants is located on the ground floor of another university accommodation building at Elms BT1. Elms BT1 is .04 mile walk from Elms BT2 accommodation, directly up the A1 road. 
  15. Do you provide free pick-up and drop-off services from the airport? A. We provide general free airport pickups once or twice per day but not individual flight pickups. For taxis: Value Cabs (028 9080 9080) or Fona Cab (028 9033 3333), by apps. Bus: Take the airport bus to Europa Station (the Translink MLink app is handy) and once you arrive at the final stop, Europa Station, walk through the bus centre and out the front – Elms BT2 accommodation is a five minute walk (.02 mile) away. 

    Belfast has two airports -- Belfast City Airport (BHD) aka George Best Airport is on the edge of the city, rail stop Sydenham (NB no lift only stairs) or taxi / bus access; Belfast International Airport (BFS) is 15 miles away, or approximately 50 minutes from the city centre by bus/taxi https://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/belfast/getting-here 

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