Department of Computer Science and Technology

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP)

If you are a member of staff interested in running a UROP project, please see our internal information pages.

UROPs are an opportunity for Cambridge undergraduate students to spend a period of time over the summer assisting with research activities taking place across the spectrum of University Departments.

The scheme is open to any Cambridge University student provided that they have at least one full academic year of their undergraduate course to complete. The standard placements are for 8 weeks and take place over the Long summer Vacation. There is a bursary payment at the rate of 250GBP per week.

The UROP scheme is managed by the Department of Engineering and full details can be found on their website along with the details of the current projects being offered. If you have any queries about UROP scheme in general, please contact Vicky Houghton from the Department of Engineering. If you have any queries about the operation of the UROP scheme within the Computer Laboratory, please contact Mrs Joy Rook.

The UROP scheme is set up to allow Cambridge University undergraduates 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 to develop some of the technical and transferable skills required in research activities, and by many other graduate careers.

The Placements operate during the Long Summer Vacation Period. A list of the UROPs currently being offered is available here. You can choose to apply for any of the UROPs on offer, including those outside your own Department. Full information regarding the UROP scheme including eligibility criteria and funding information can be found on the main UROP webpage.

Once you have been assigned to a project, you will need to complete the following forms with your supervisor and return these to [Javascript required], room FS03, before the project starts:

UROP bursaries will be paid directly into your bank account. Prior to starting the project, your schedule of work should be negotiated with your supervisor. Students are expected to work on the project circa 7/8 hours per day 5 days a week and to complete weekly timesheets. These should be submitted to [Javascript required], room FS03 at the end of the project.

Students are expected to conform 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 failing in the Tripos examinations).