Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme


University of Essex



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As an undergraduate student, UROP gives you a unique opportunity to find out what goes on behind the scenes in academia. You will gain invaluable experience that will enhance your CV and skills to help with your final year dissertation or project.

UROP or the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme is our scheme for undergraduate students from the University of Essex to become trainee researchers and to become part of the academic community here at Essex.

UROP students in all departments will have the opportunity to carry out research in placements alongside established academics and to learn first-hand what being a researcher really means.

UROP students will normally be selected from Essex students who have achieved an average of 60% in their first year modules. They will be expected to spend a maximum of 200 hours on the placement, either during the vacation breaks, or during term-time, for which they will receive a bursary of a maximum of £1,370 each.

Why UROP is special

  • Combines excellence in education with excellence in research
  • Enhances the experience of Essex students
  • Promotes early access to the academic community
  • Offers support to students via supervisor mentoring

Active research links

Active research links

Find out how our outstanding research is funded. As one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities, we are home to world-leading academic departments with international reputations who are undertaking ground breaking and innovative research.

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International Students

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Research excellence

Research excellence

Essex ranks in the top 20 UK universities for research excellence and the top five for social science research (REF 2014). Our politics research has been first in the UK since rankings began in 1986.