Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP)


Notes for Students

The UROP is set up to allow Undergraduate students NOT in their final year of study an opportunity to gain an insight into the research being undertaken by the world-class academics that teach you. It also provides an opportunity for you to develop some of the technical and transferable skills required in research activities, and by many other graduate careers. UROP projects have been very popular with students in the past and you should note that competition for places is high.

The UROP operates during the summer period. A list of the UROP projects are available to view. Project details are continually added and each advert will up updated once the post has been filled.

You can choose to apply for any of the projects on offer including those outside your own Department.

Some projects are funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) or Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and have eligibility criteria that must be observed.

Some projects may be marked "subject to funding" and therefore may not run as the funds may not be forthcoming.

A link is provided by each title to enable you to email the supervisor of any project that interests you. You can contact them for further information to enable you to decide whether you want to apply or not. Some supervisors will set a deadline for applications, and then consider who they want select; others may offer their projects on a first-come-first-served basis. (Note: Expressing interest at this point does not tie you to taking on a project, nor does it tie the supervisor to offering it to you!)

UROP students will be paid the National Living Wage of 8.21 per hour plus the appropriate holiday pay, as a mimumum. Payments made to students are subject to appropriate deductions for PAYE (Income tax and National Insurance contributions). The normal duration of a UROP placement is 10 weeks, though shorter or longer projects may be supported at the discretion of the supervisor.

Once a student has been selected, arrangements for project administration will differ for each Department.
For ENGINEERING see the notes below.
For all other Departments ask the designated contact given on the Main Page Click here for the list of contacts.



Administration for Department of Engineering projects.

Administrative responsibility for UROP projects within the Department of Engineering lies with Ms Vicky Houghton. The CUED academic co-ordinator is Dr Hugh Shercliff. Students are welcome to raise any queries with either of them.


Students must show their Right to Work documents to the finance office before they commence their placement. There should be no problems with overseas students taking part in this, as most visas allow undergraduate students to legally work full time during official vacation periods.

Students paid on the UROP scheme will need to sign an 'Intern' Workers Agreement. The standard working week is 37.5 hours but some projects may be appointed on a part-time basis.

Department of Engineering payments will be paid through the University Payment System (UPS) directly into your bank account.

All students must complete the registration process via Vicky Houghton, regardless of their source of funding (including self-funded students). To register, you need to complete the following forms with your supervisor and return to Ms Houghton before the start of the project. Click here for the UROP Coversheet and Hazard Assessment forms.

Students are expected to work to an acceptable technical standard. Supervisors retain the right to terminate appointments, if performance remains below the required standard, following due warning. Students should also note that their UROP will be terminated immediately if they cease to be registered for the following academic year (e.g. by withdrawing from the Tripos).

You will negiotiate your schedule of work with your supervisor at the start of the project.

To comply with University and Departmental safety rules, and laboratory best practice:

  • You are asked to produced a two-page technical report at the end of the UROP to document the work that you have done.
  • You may be asked to complete a questionnaire to help the University evaluate and develop the programme.

  • If you have any queries about the operation of the UROP scheme within the Department of Engineering, please contact Ms Vicky Houghton