What is UROP?

The Department of Computer Science offers undergraduate students an opportunity to become involved in cutting edge research through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity (UROP) programme. UROP projects are individual research projects conducted under the supervision of academics, often in collaboration with other members of their research groups. They allow undergraduate students to experience research first hand and provide training in relevant research skills including literature research, algorithm development, prototyping, and experimentation. Currently available UROPs are listed at https://urop.cs.rhul.ac.uk/projects.

Projects vary in starting time, duration, and weekly time commitment. Many projects will be available as full-time summer activities for a period of 8-10 weeks; depending on the nature of the research, other projects could be part-time and last for a whole term or longer.

Participating students will receive a payment to help with subsistence for the duration of the project. The standard payment rate will be £237.82 per week for full-time work, corresponding to £10.34 per hour before deductions for a maximum of 23 compensable hours per week. Additional hours can be worked on a voluntary basis, but participating students are highly encouraged to dedicate a total of 30 to 40 hours per week for a full-time project. Periods of part-time work will be paid pro-rata. Please see the UROP specification document for more details.

Participation in UROP will provide 40 RHUL passport points to recognise extracurricular engagement. To register your passport points after completing your project, please complete the UROP passport form.