Students Staff

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme


University of Essex

How to apply

Look at the list of current placements available and complete the online application form, which you can find within the details of each placement.

Your grades

You'll be asked for information about your current average grade. This is calculated by adding together your average grade per module and dividing this by the number of modules you're taking. If you only have grades for a few assignments, just provide the average for these assignments. If you don't have any graded assignments yet, then leave it blank.

Applying for more than one placement

You may apply for up to five UROP placements but you can only accept one. You must submit a separate application for each placement you apply for.

Please note you cannot complete a frontrunner placement and UROP placement at the same time.

You must also let us know if you hold another part-time position on/off campus.

Once you've submitted your application

A confirmation email and copy of your application will be sent to you automatically when you submit your application. Please make sure you save a copy of your application as you'll need this if you're invited for interview (and the information will no longer be available on the web page, once the deadline has passed).


Deadlines for applications are given in the details of current placements. However, please check this page regularly as deadlines may be extended and on rare occasions they may be brought forward.

Shortlisting and interviews

Once the deadline has passed, you'll be contacted by the UROP supervisor if you've been shortlisted for an interview. If you are not shortlisted, you will also receive feedback as to why your application was not successful.

Successful applicants

If you've been successful, your UROP supervisor will offer you the placement by email. Please confirm by email to your supervisor as soon as possible. Once the placement has been accepted, your supervisor will then complete an appointment form.

This will then be passed to the UROP team, and once in receipt of this, will contact the successful student to arrange a suitable time to come into the Employability and Careers centre, and take copies of Right to Work documents.

Tier 4 students will also be asked to complete a Tier 4 declaration form alongside their Right to work documents.

All of which will be taken to HR to be made into a contract. At this stage the student may begin training (if applicable).

Unsuccessful applicants

You'll receive feedback from the shortlisting / interview panel. This will suggest how you can improve your application and/or your interview techniques. Should you wish to receive further support and guidance, appointments are available at the Employability and Careers Centre.