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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 £1,500. UROP has been in place at Reading since 2006 and has supported over 800 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 Awards.

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.

UROP 2024


Applications for staff to run projects in 2024 are now closed. If you would like to discuss the possibility of self-funding a UROP project please contact


Applications to take part in the scheme in 2024 are now open. Please click on the 'Placement' tab on the left hand side of this page. When you go through to the Placement page please make sure you have 'Current Placements' selected in order to view the opportunities available in 2024.

If you would like to keep up-to-date with developments of the scheme please join the UROP mailing list.