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Student Research Opportunities


Student research opportunities are integrated into Chemistry degree programmes at all levels.

In year 1 you will undertake an open-ended investigation as part of the teaching lab programme. You will be supported every step of this experience and will receive the necessary fundamental lab skills training.

In year 2 your lab programme will include numerous research-based experiments and more scope for exploring what interests you about Chemistry the most.

In year 3 you will get a chance to design your very own research mini-project in term 3.

And finally, in year 4 you will put all of your training into practice and join Chemistry's departmental research culture, by undertaking a 60 CAT project within a research group supervised by a member of academic staff.

Scroll through the rest of this page to find out more about departmental research opportunities and check out Warwick's Student Research Hub for more University wide opportunities and funding.

In the curriculum: BSc

3 Months International Placement

To find out more about placements, our industry and overseas university partners visit Placements & Internships web page.

12 month Intercalated Year (BSc or MChem)

It is also possible to carry out a 12 month placement via an ‘Intercalated Year’. The placement should involve working for a company, institution, or organisation related to chemistry, allowing students to gain valuable professional experience, without formally counting towards the final degree result. The words ‘with Intercalated Year’ are added to the degree title.

Poster Presentations

Chemistry student have an opportunity to present and showcase their research in the format of poster presentations as part of Year 3 Lab Module. Poster presentations are a major component of international conferences and symposia and this event is in line with the requirements for such events.

The aim is to produce a poster which summarises recent developments in a particular, well-defined, area of contemporary research. Unlike essays, which depend on long descriptive sections, the emphasis in a poster should be placed on the graphical illustration of the subject. An academic poster supervisor will advise on reading material and what facilities are available for preparing the posters.

The assessment will be carried out by a panel of members of academic staff and research fellows who will judge each poster during the session. You will be expected to answer questions on the content of the poster, and all members of the department will be invited to attend.

In the curriculum: MChem

20 Week Project

In their final year, students complete an individual project on a topic of their choice (worth 50% of the year’s mark and assessed by a combination of a written report, oral interview and presentation) in collaboration with an academic. Students can select optional modules to support their choice of research project.

It is an opportunity to engage with the departmental research culture and work on one of the research themes in Chemistry at Warwick. As part of this research experience students get to work with our industry grade equipment. The instrumental and workshop facilities are superb, supervised by expert research and technical staff.

Examples of past MChem Projects that led to publication include:

12 Months Industrial Placement

3 Months International Placement

Students that undertook the 3 Months International Placement in 2016/2017 are:

  • Fiona Jackson - Monash
  • Gareth Jones - Eindhoven
  • Orla Kevane - Modena
  • Rachel Lai-Cheong - Toulouse
  • Reece Lord - Sweden (Chalmers)
  • Tom Mason - Monash
  • Emily Miles - Modena
  • Joshua Parkin - Monash
  • Karishma Patel - Toulouse
  • Jack Peters - Barcelona
  • Alexander Rajakanthan - Monash
  • Elliot Smith - Vienna
  • Holly Teo - NTU Singapore
  • Michael Tse-Hannibal - Monash
To find out more about placements, our industry and overseas university partners visit Placements & Internships web page.

Extra-curricular research opportunities

Summer Projects

MChem students can do a degree with international placement - this involves 3-6 months in a research lab in an overseas institution and replaces term 3 of their third year.

  • URSS

We encourage all students to take part in paid research internships through the Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS). These projects are entirely optional taken in the summer holiday, provide a wonderful student research experience.

  • ERASMUS/IAESTE Placements

Industrial placement opportunities are available worldwide. These take place during the summer break for a typical period of 3 months and qualify for ERASMUS support if carried out in Europe. They are organised either directly with industry, or through the IAESTE exchange network.

The department is happy to advise you on any of the above vacation opportunities.

12 month Intercalated Year (BSc or MChem)

It is also possible to carry out a 12 month placement via an ‘Intercalated Year’. The placement should involve working for a company, institution, or organisation related to chemistry, allowing students to gain valuable professional experience, without formally counting towards the final degree result. The words ‘with Intercalated Year’ are added to the degree title.

WICS Conference

WICS is a conference organised by Warwick ChemSoc aimed at encouraging sixth formers to explore the sciences. The event ultimately aims to help students decide whether further study in a science would be in their best interests. A series of lectures presented by academics alongside the chance to engage with current students is designed to provide a snapshot of life at university. Alumni will be available to talk to sixth formers about their experience of completing a science degree as well as their possible career prospectives.

Student blogging

Chemistry's student bloggers Manpreet Kaur and Shaumica Saravanabavan frequently post about their experience and advice about engaging in student research opportunities as well as student life in the department and at Warwick more broadly. Find out more about Manpreet's fascination with her polymer URSS project and get an insight into what Shaumica' first week of computational URSS experience was like.

Examples of departmental student research projects

URSS Projects (2017)

  1. Aiste Andriulyte - Chemical building blocks for the bio-generation of 'unnatural' thiotetronates
  2. Francesa Bellingeri - Nanoscale imaging of ES-CID fragmented compounds
  3. Matthew Clayton - Optimisation of novel small molecule anti-virals
  4. Rebecca Clayton - Synthesis of partially substituted aromatics: a new fluorinated group for drug discovery
  5. Oliver Greenwood - Photoactivatable dual action platinum drugs for cancer therapy
  6. Carmelo Iacono - A new metal-free difluorinative coupling for synthesis of drug-like intermediate
  7. Natasha Sanjrani - Analysing mass spectra of petroleum samples Joshua Tully Chemistry STM studies of conjugated polymers
  8. Isabella Baverstock - Temperature responsive behaviour in betainised DMAEMA and DEAEMA polymers
  9. Zena Choi - Sensors for environmental monitoring
  10. Adam Dean - Carbon nanotube formation paths on iron nanoparticles
  11. Jack Hutchison - Antimicrobial peptides by design
  12. Anastasia Kappelou - Separation of triglycerides in oils and identification of their fatty acids
  13. Monica Kumar - Determination of Kif15-Tpx2 binding interfacesusing cross-linking mass spectrometry (XL-MS)
  14. Amy Kynman - Synthesis of an iridium complex of a cavitand-based phosphine ligand
  15. Katherine Levey - Characterisation of single crystal boron doped diamond electrodes
  16. Niamh Murphy - Rotation barriers of amides and enamides using variable temperature NMR
  17. Gediminas Pazera - Catalyst optimization by direct computational kinetics
  18. Leila Vickers - Responsive MRI contrast agents for medical diagnostics

Student Publications

Student research as part of the MChem and URSS in the department can lead to publications. This is an extremely valuable addition to any student's CV wishing to pursue further research or industrial career in the field.


Research opportunities for postgraduate taught students


Students on the MChem degrees have the greatest research component to their degree, with their final year being dominated by a research project.

Master Courses

Chemistry Masters courses offer in depth training in a wide range of areas that are linked directly to cutting edge research in the chemistry industry. As part of this training each student will have an opportunity to immerse themselves in a real research project, supervised by Warwick's Chemistry renowned academics. A number of Taught Masters Programmes culminates with a 20-weeks project in our world-leading research groups:

For more information visit Chemistry PGT page our download our Taught Masters Programmes brochure.

Research opportunities outside of the Department



Academic Support Librarian

Your Academic Support Librarian provides targeted support in your subject area, helping you to develop information and research skills during your course.

Support and training is available in:

  • literature searching
  • finding, using, and evaluating information
  • referencing and avoiding plagiarism
  • reference management tools
  • using digital tools

Browse a full range of Library courses, visit and enrol on the dedicated Moodle learning page.

It is an excellent starting point for any student researcher. You can access subject support with dedicated discipline key electronic sources, contacts, resources, professional bodies, as well as guidance and other resources related to studying and conducting research in your faculty and discipline.

For interdisciplinary research and projects spanning your department and degree interests, please visit the full list of library subject support or contact the library at or

The Library can also buy materials for your subject. Contact the Library with requests for book purchase, skills training or for any assistance with your research at

Academic Writing Day

Academic Writing Day is a full day writing workshop that runs from 10am to 4pm and include topics such as:

  • stages and requirements of writing
  • organisation and structure of assignments and essays
  • paragraph construction
  • language and style academic style
  • ethics in writing and research, referencing
  • reporting (paraphrase/summary)

The day covers all major aspects of academic writing for taught students, and is a combination of lectures and seminars. The topics aim to address in depth the challenges posed by essay/assignment writing. Check out the workshop page and book your place at the next Academic Writing Day.

After attending the Academic Writing Day you can continue developing your research skills at the Academic Writing Open Fora.


British Conference of Undergraduate Research

The British Conference of Undergraduate Research promotes undergraduate research in all disciplines. The Conference meets annually every Spring in a different British university. Undergraduates of all levels are invited to submit papers, posters, workshops and performances to the Conference. Abstracts are peer-reviewed and those accepted will be invited to attend the conference. The call for papers is usually published in the autumn.

An undergraduate research conference is just like any other academic conference. There will be spoken papers, lectures, poster presentations and workshops — but each one will be delivered by undergraduate students presenting work they have done either as part of their course, internship, or individual project. For two days, you will be able to talk to undergraduate researchers from your own disciplines, and you will also learn a lot about how other disciplines approach research problems.

If you are an undergraduate student, this is a great opportunity to meet students from other universities and share your work. Many courses include opportunities to develop independent research. You might be working on a dissertation, or you may have devised your own topic for an assessment. You might have worked with an external company, or worked with a researcher over the summer to help them with their research project. All research is welcome at this conference, in any discipline taught in Higher Education.

Find out more on the BCUR website.

Please note: Conference fees are usually covered by student's own university. Check with your department before submitting to the Conference and/or registering to attend.


EndNote training

EndNote is software which helps you to organise your references and to automatically format citations, reference lists and bibliographies in Word. It is an essential tool for any student researcher.

Useful downloads, videos, training material and support

Want to know more about managing your references, saving time and avoiding plagiarism? Sign up to one of EndNote Online Workshops.

The workshop will introduce you to your enhanced EndNote Online (formerly EndNote Web) account, enable you to add references to your library and use the Cite While You Write function in Microsoft Word to generate citations and bibliographies.

More support and help with Endnote (EndNote Online) or (Endnote Desktop)


Global Research Priorities (Energy) bursary

Since 2012, the Energy GRP have been supporting up to 5 Undergraduate Summer Placements, each with a bursary of up to £2,000. The Energy GRP bursaries are affiliated with the University's Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS), and are to help with living costs and expenses associated with a research project and will be paid directly to the student. The project normally lasts between 4 and 10 weeks and supports energy research. Students from any department are welcome to apply and the Energy GRP encourage applications from both science and non-science disciplines.

The scheme is open to all Warwick undergraduate students, usually non-finalists.

The Energy GRP are particularly interested in projects that develop connections between departments and with external partners.

Find out more on the Energy GRP website

Global Research Priorities (Materials) bursary

The Materials GRP support up to eight Summer Placements, each with an award of up to £2,000. The Materials GRP bursaries are affiliated with the University's Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS), and are to help with living costs and expenses associated with students’ chosen projects. The project lasts between eight to ten weeks and must involve the study of Materials. The level of support depends on the length of the project, based on a calculation of £200 per week, up to a maximum of 10 weeks, or £2,000.

Students from any department are encouraged to apply, but they must secure their own project before they apply.

Priority is given to (in the following order):

new collaborations (i.e. where the two academic supervisors have not previously worked together)
new projects (i.e. where there is an existing link between supervisors, but a new area of research is being explored)
existing collaborations

Find out more on the Materials GRP website


IATL Masters' Project Funding

Institude of Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) has a number of Master's student funding opportunities to support innovative student projects under the following strands: Research, Collaboration and Performance.

Visit IATL's student funding page to find out more information on these and other research and funding opportunities, requirements, and deadlines.

You are welcome to discuss any aspect of these research opportunities and your application with the IATL team. Please contact the team at

IATL Modules: Postgraduate

The Institute for Advanced Teaching & Learning hosts a range of interdisciplinary postgraduate modules that encourage students from different departments and faculties to formulate relevant questions and propose novel ideas via independent and collaborative research. Some students are encouraged to further develop those ideas for publication.

Please note: Modules are available to all Masters/PGT students, but require home department approval.
IATL Modules: Undergraduate
IATL Student Ensemble

The Student Ensemble is a trans-disciplinary group of Warwick students and an alumni network that facilitates learning through performance practice. Established at the CAPITAL Centre in 2009 (with funding from the Higher Education Academy), this group has since worked with international practitioners and local communities at the Emerge Festival and Laboratory as well as visiting professionals and graduate companies.

Find out more on the IATL website

IATL Student as Producer

IATL's Student funding opportunities are in place to support innovative student projects under the following strands: Research, Collaboration and Performance.

IATL's Student as Producer (Research) funding is available to undergraduate students and taught Masters students only, who may apply for up to £1,000 for their project. Funded projects must be for research of students’ own devising, and work must be unrelated to anything they are required to do as part of their course.

IATL's Student as Producer (Collaboration) funding is available to undergraduate and taught Masters students only, who may apply for up to £2,000 for their project. The key criterion for this funding stream is that projects must be collaborative and student-led. IATL encourage students to consider the word 'collaboration' in a wide and innovative sense. Projects should always involve more than one Warwick student but students might also wish to work together with a wider interdisciplinary group of students, with members of staff, or with members of the local or international community. Their project must relate to at least one of IATL's key themes.

IATL's Student as Producer (Performance) funding is available to both postgraduate (PGR and PGT) and undergraduate students, who may apply for up to £500 for their performance project which must cover any technical costs, e.g. guidance from an approved theatre technician. Rehearsal and performance space in IATL's spaces is provided.

All IATL funding recipients need to submit a final report on completion of their project. This can take the form of a written report (1,500-2,000 words), films, podcasts, reflective journals or other resources.

Find out more on the IATL website

International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR)

Led and sponsored by the University of Warwick and Monash University, the International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR) is an annual, two-day academic conference. Using video-conferencing technology, ICUR provides undergraduate researchers with a unique opportunity to present and discuss their own research – in any discipline in real-time, without having to leave their home university.

ICUR challenges undergraduate students to rethink their work in an international context. As a forum, it requires presenters to consider the perspective of students from different backgrounds, and to anticipate what may be shared across cultures and local contexts. This challenge translates to research questions as well, encouraging students to examine global and regional trends in their research field, and how these might conflict with local concerns and specificities.

Since its establishment in 2013, more than a thousand students from eleven institutions have presented at ICUR. At Warwick alone, 288 students have presented over four years.

Find out more on the ICUR website


Library Study Blog

The blog is designed to connect students with information, support and their community. It contains posts offering tips and secrets on a wide range of study skills for example improving presentations, avoid plagiarism pitfalls, preventing library fines and much more. Posts are written both by Library staff and by students about their study experiences.


Masters Academic Writing Programme

Masters Academic Writing is the first step into research writing. Your examinations are mostly based on (module) written assignments, leading to your dissertation. Your writing should be able to demonstrate not only your ability to analyse, critically engage with material and develop complex arguments, but also aspects of originality. You can find a range of courses on academic writing, critical thinking and discipline specific literature reviews. Browse the courses and select those that suit you best.

Masters Skills Programme

The Masters Skills Programme brings together several of the development opportunities that are offered to Warwick Master’s students in one place.

  • Organising yourself and your time
  • Planning and managing projects
  • Academic study skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Critical writing
  • Speed reading
  • Taking notes effectively
  • Planning and managing projects
  • Effective literature searching
  • Introduction to Masters Writing
  • On Track - dissertation workshops*

*Your school may also offer specific dissertation support - check with your personal tutor

There is also support available for group research projects:

  • Becoming more assertive
  • Working in a team
  • Intercultural training
  • Leading a group project
  • Planning and managing projects

For a full list of workshops visit the Programme page and sign up for the workshops that interest you and develop your skills!

Workshops run across all three terms and can be used towards the Warwick Skills Portfolio Award.

If you think the Programme is missing a workshop that you are interested in, please email the the Programme team the details at

Monash-Warwick Alliance funding

Monash University and the University of Warwick have formed a strategic alliance that aims to enhance the experiences of students at both universities through the development of new models of education and research collaboration.

The Student-led Activity Scheme provides support for activities that seek to integrate the student bodies of both universities, develop ”globally-engaged students” through working as part of international teams, increase both the impact and profile of existing student-led activities at both universities, and transfer knowledge and innovation in student activities across both campuses.

Examples of activities which can be considered for support include academic-related events (e.g. summits, student conferences), cultural and intercultural activities, including sporting events, and skills development events.

The Student-led Activity Scheme provides support of up to a maximum of £15,000 (for expenses incurred by Warwick students).

Find out more on the Monash-Warwick Alliance website


PG Hub

The Postgrad Hub (PG Hub) is a dedicated space for postgrads, enabling them to access support, work in a collaborative environment and socialise with peers. Click on the link to check availability, latest updates, support, and exclusive postgraduate and research events.


Reinvention Journal

Reinvention is an online, peer-reviewed journal, dedicated to the publication of high-quality undergraduate student research. The journal welcomes academic articles from all disciplinary areas. All articles undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and refereeing by two or three anonymous referees. Reinvention is published bi-annually and only houses papers written by undergraduate students or papers written collaboratively by undergraduate students and academics.

Reinvention is published through the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning and is an open access journal. Students are encouraged to make their work as interactive as possible and to include tables, diagrams and links to films, photographs and other websites where appropriate. Papers should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length, not including the abstract, bibliography and any appendices. They receive thorough feedback on their paper, regardless of whether it gets published or not.

Students also receive training on writing for publications, learning about what a journal article is, how it’s structured, and how to critically revise one’s publications.

Find out more on the Reinvention website

Research and Study Skills

Explore online learning and skills development resources on Warwick's Skills Youtube channel.

You can also visit one of the drop in session with a Master's writing mentor or book a 1:1 academic skills appointment.

For more information visit Skills & Student Development or get in touch with the Skills team via


Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS)

The Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS) gives students the chance to become directly involved in the research work of the University, experience what it's like to be a member of a research team and take part in cutting-edge research. URSS is a competitive scheme that provides living expenses (up to £1,000) and skills development training to support successful applicants who wish to carry out a summer research project as an addition to their undergraduate degree course. Undertaking a summer research project via the URSS is more than just doing a project – it will give you dedicated skills training opportunities too. The Scheme gives you both a taste of research, invaluable for those looking to pursue postgraduate study, and also adds further value to your degree from Warwick. URSS has been in place since 2002, with students on the scheme having travelled to Europe and further afield to undertake the research.

Find out more on the URSS website.