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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:

The majority of projects for UROP 2019 have now closed, however, below are a list of projects still accepting applications from students. All projects listed below have a closing date of Friday 26th April.

2 x internships: Digital Discovery - Putting Cyclamen on the web

Learning from the past: 3D model for ancient architecture and settlement for healthy built environment design

Seasonal variation of the beneficial tannin content and structure in field maple (Acer campestre)

Healthier biscuit formulations made with upcycled defatted seed flour

Investigating independent learning among international students on a pre-sessional English course

Testing a forgotten grain - how nutritious is Amaranth

Which flower margin mixes are the best at supporting pollinators?

Student Experiences in STEM degrees: A look into the life of undergraduates

Processing and compositional analysis of maize and rice for development of infant weaning foods

If you have any questions, please contact

Staff applications for UROP 2020 will open in October 2019. For more information - see 'For Staff, Applying'.


Contact Us:

UROP Manager

Tom McCann



0118 378 4976

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