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Welcome to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) offers undergraduate students the chance to gain hands-on research experience on projects covering all disciplines across University.

The scheme provides exciting opportunities for undergraduate students in the middle years of their degree (i.e. not first or final year students) to work on real research projects alongside academic researchers at the university. Our research projects last six weeks over the summer break, or can be part-time over a longer period, and those students involved with the scheme will receive a bursary of £1,320. UROP has been in place at Reading since 2006 and has supported over 600 students to date. The scheme is managed by Careers and is financed by the University, with additional support from Schools and Departments.

As a student... this can make a significant contribution to your transferable skills, employability and understanding of the research environment. Your hours can be used towards the RED award.

As an academic...UROP could enable you to run a pilot project for a research grant application, enhance the knowledge and/or awareness of the School/Department, or support a discrete section of an existing project for which you are PI. This project could also develop students who may wish to continue to research degrees under your supervision.  

Key Dates for UROP 2019/20:

Staff applications
Staff applications are now closed for UROP 2020. Applications to run projects in 2021 will be open in October. If you are interested in funding your own project this year, please use the contact details on the right-hand side of this page.

Student applications

Student applications opened on Monday 24th February. To see the available projects please click on the 'placements' tab on the left-hand side of this page. If you would like to keep up-to-date of any new projects that become available please use the link below to join the mailing list: 

Student register interest - click here.


Contact Us:

UROP Manager

Tom McCann



0118 378 4976

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