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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 support 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 2020/21:


If you are interested in supervising a project in the summer of 2022, applications will be open in October through the 'For staff - Applying' tab on the left-hand side of the page. 


Projects for 2021 will be advertised from Monday 22 February at 12pm on the 'Placements' tab (under 'Current placements'.

If you are a student interested in applying for a UROP project in the summer of 2021 please click here to join our mailing list. More information can also be found here.

Please note, only students in the middle-years of their degree are eligible for this scheme. Therefore you must either be a second year, or a third year if part of a four year degree.

*For payment reasons you must be based in the UK for the duration of the project, even if the project can be completed remotely.


Contact Us:

UROP Manager

Tom McCann



0118 378 4976

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