Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme
Our Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) gives you the chance to experience the excitement of discovery first hand by working on a real research project within one of our research groups.
It's a unique opportunity to experience life as a university researcher.
It's also a chance to explore ideas for your final year research project by engaging with the very latest advances in your subject field – often beyond what is covered in your course.
Some UROP students even get their name on a scientific paper – an impressive addition to any CV!
How does it work?
UROP is designed to be highly flexible: in some cases you may carry out a specific project, with a beginning, a middle and an end. In others, you may join an ongoing piece of research.
Your supervisor may wish to try something speculative; others will be looking to utilise you in more straightforward ways, such as data analysis.
A typical UROP research experience lasts 6–10 weeks during the second or penultimate summer vacation but can also be at other times, including during term time.
A tax-free UROP bursary (typically £150–£250 per week) may be available from your supervisor to cover your living costs during your UROP experience. Various other bursary schemes also exist.
What sort of activities might I end up undertaking?
There are around 300 UROP opportunities available each year.
Imperial's research expertise spans an enormous breadth of topics so it's no surprise that past UROP experiences have been equally varied, from teaching dance routines to a humanoid robot to studying plant-fungal symbiosis with academics based at Kew Gardens.
Each year we advertise a list of UROP opportunities, but most departments and staff members also welcome applications from students directly so you are encouraged to be proactive.