Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP)

The Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics will host a Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) in 2021. We anticipate appointing 4 to 5 students. Students (from any University) currently in their second year and above are welcome to apply. Candidates who are set to start on a PhD programme in the autumn of 2021 will not normally be offered a place. Due to UK visa regulations, all candidates must have existing right to work in the UK.

Your right to work in the UK is set by the UK Government. You can check your status here.

Students will work with a supervisor in the Department, usually a research fellow or a faculty member (a list of those who may offer summer projects in 2021 is below), on a self-contained research project. Students are encouraged to take part in the Department’s life, joining researchers for coffee breaks, discussions and seminars.

The projects will typically run for 8-10 weeks, beginning on or around 1st July. The duration may be adjusted to be shorter or longer, or to accommodate summer travel. We are offering a 30 hour working week paid at the living-wage rate (approximately £300 per week).

Since the situation with Covid is currently unclear, we may have to make the difficult decision in the coming months to either cancel the programme, or consider running it remotely. If we do proceed with a remote programme, not all projects listed below may be available but we will be in touch with shortlisted candidates if this is the case. If the programme is run remotely, we will make sure that the computing resources needed for the selected projects are available to all selected candidates.

Application Process

In order to apply, you should complete this form where you will be able to upload your one-page-only application, in pdf format. The deadline for applications is Monday 1 March 2021.

Your one-page application should tell us why you are interested in the programme and which supervisor(s) interest(s) you most (you will not be considered for projects in which you state no interest; since the list below is tentative and some projects may disappear, it will be easier for us to accommodate you if you indicate multiple preferences).

The application must also include your contact details, your year and course, any undergraduate exam results so far, and contact details (including email) of one academic referee. Please mention any computer programming experience and any previous research experience. Each application must be accompanied by one reference - applicants must ensure that their academic referee submits a short letter of support via email to TP Admin ( by the closing date.

For any administrative queries, contact Michelle Bosher (


Faculty members & Research Fellows offering summer research projects in 2021
Dr Nick Bultinck --- condensed matter
Prof Fabrizio Caola* --- particle physics
Prof Joseph Conlon** --- particle physics
Dr Andrei Constantin --- particle physics
Prof Ramin Golestanian --- nonequilibrium statistical physics applied to biology/active matter [this internship will be partially based at Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation in Göttingen]
Prof John Magorrian** --- galactic dynamics
Prof Felix Parra* --- plasma physics
Prof Gavin Salam FRS* --- particle physics
Prof Alex Schekochihin* --- plasma physics/astrophysics
Prof Steven Simon* --- condensed matter
Dr Sebastian von Hausegger --- cosmology
Prof John Wheater --- particle physics
Prof Julia Yeomans FRS** --- soft condensed matter/biophysics

*Project may or may not be offered, but please do signal interest
**Same, but project will definitely not proceed if it has to be in remote format