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Undergraduate Research Experience

Take your first steps into the world of research and gain valuable experience before applying for a PhD.

Undergraduate students at the University
Our research experience scheme could help you decide if a career in academia is right for you.

IMI's summer research scheme is a fantastic opportunity for undergraduates to experience first-hand what it is like to conduct research.

In the summer of 2020, the IMI is offering around 20 funded opportunities for students to collaborate with an academic supervisor on a small research project.

Undergraduate students can assist a faculty member at the University with parts of their ongoing research, or they can work collaboratively with their supervisor on a research project of mutual interest.

About the scheme

The scheme is open to undergraduates from all disciplines, but it is a requirement that the student's summer research project includes a significant component of mathematics or statistics.

A small proportion of the available funding is earmarked for student projects which fall within the areas of humanities and social sciences.

Students taking part in the scheme are offered training on topics such as poster design, presentation skills, writing academic reports and academic career opportunities.

Read about a student's experience of taking part in the scheme.

Funding for students

Students will receive a financial award of £200 per week for up to 10 weeks.

Next steps for students and academic supervisors

If you'd like to take part in the scheme, the first thing you need to do is to find a supervisor/student to work with.

Students are encouraged to approach faculty members from any discipline to discuss collaboration opportunities. Your supervisor can be from a different department to the one you're studying at.

View the research projects offered by academic staff for summer 2020.

Academic supervisors can promote the scheme in their lectures, and the IMI can also assist you with finding a student to work with.

Simply complete our Research Project Form and email it to We'll then advertise your research project proposal on our website.

How to apply

Just fill in the application form and email it to

The application deadline is Friday 21 February 2020.

The University and IMI are committed to diversity and equality of opportunity, and we encourage applications from underrepresented groups.

Important information

  • Please read the application guidelines before you apply
  • The application must be submitted by the academic supervisor and not the student

Download the application form and guidance