All Lower Sixth pupils have the opportunity to choose a topic for a personal research project, known as the Waynflete Studies programme, which is unique to MCS.

The personal project is completed by the start of the Upper Sixth under the guidance of a member of MCS staff.

All pupils choose one topic from one of the following:

  • Mathematics and Computing
  • Biological Sciences and Medicine
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Languages and Classics

Tuition initially takes the form of lectures and seminars at school but then moves towards individual or paired tutorials with experts from the University and academia.

Sixth Formers also attend lectures by a wide variety of high profile visiting speakers, as well as various specialist talks and seminars.

The Waynflete programme not only greatly enhances Sixth Formers’ curricular studies, it also offers invaluable support for their university applications, through wider reading and interview preparation.

One of the most popular evenings of the school year is the Waynflete Studies Evening, where Sixth Formers present their projects to fellow students, staff and parents.

The projects are first marked internally, before going to a judging panel of university experts. Winners in each category are awarded prizes by the President of Magdalen College.

Click here to see some of the recent Waynflete Studies topics covered by MCS pupils.