Undergraduate Summer Research Bursary Scheme (USRBS)


USRBS is an excellent way for students to develop their understanding of research by gaining first-hand experience of working as a member of one of the Department's research groups for an extended period during the summer vacation generally between their 2nd and 3rd years.

Bursaries last for 4, 6, or 8 weeks. Students are paid the minimum wage. The scheme is particularly relevant to students who are considering pursuing a career in research (MPhil/PhD) or as a professional psychologist. Since the summer of 2005, 22 students have held summer research bursaries in the Department

Eighty percent of them have gone on to undertake a research degree at MSc or PhD level.

Some bursaries are awarded by outside agencies such as the Wellcome Trust and the Nuffield Foundation. Others are awarded by the Department. Supervisors submit an application to the Departmental Research Committee at the start of the Summer Term giving details of the work to be undertaken, the duration of the bursary, and the CV of the student. The applications are assessed in competition.

Students interested in participating in the scheme should alert potential supervisors during the Spring Term.

Please consult the reports by previous holders of summer research bursaries



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