Biological Physics


Work Experience and Summer Research Projects

BioP Undergraduate Summer Research Studentships

Every year BioP creates opportunities for undergraduate students to get hands-on experience of experimental and theoretical research. These projects cover experimental (in-house/facilities), theoretical (pen-and-paper/method development), and computational (software development/computing) activities. Able students interested in the field of biological physics and biologically relevant soft-matter physics are invited to apply.

The key aims of the studentships are to give motivated undergraduates the opportunity to work on a collaborative research project, gain experience developing and writing a research proposal and presenting their research to their peers.

Student application deadline: 11th March 2024, 9am
Student interviews with supervisors: 20th-31st March 2024
Successful students notified: April 2024
Students research proposal deadline: 15th May 2024, 9am
Research projects commence: Summer 2024

General enquiries should be directed to Dr. Jas Gill-Thind (j.gill-thind@ucl.ac.uk)


  • Applicants should be undergraduates in the second or third year of their first degree and registered for a basic science degree including but not limited to biology, physics, chemistry, engineering and computer science.
  • Studentships are available to any UK/EU or international student studying at a UK university.
  • Students cannot conduct more than one Summer Research Studentships at UCL per academic year.
  • We have two projects with funding from the Duff family for Yr 2 (BSc or MSci) and Yr 3 (MSci registered) undergraduates in the department of Physics and Astronomy or UCL Natural Sciences undergraduates with Physics as mainstream for projects with a supervisor in the department of Physics and Astronomy. If you are applying for this project please apply using the same form and mark that you are eligible for this in the relevant section.
  • Projects must be a minimum of 8 weeks, up to a maximum of 10 weeks.
  • Students will be provided a bursary of £2000.
Application Instructions
  • The student should complete the online application form by 9am 11th March 2024, 9am. Students should state which project they are applying for from the available projects list. If you are external to UCL, please contact us here (ipls-admin@ucl.ac.uk) for details of how to apply.
  • Supervisors will contact shortlisted students and conduct an interview.
  • Successful students will be notified in April 2024.
  • Successful students will be invited to submit a research proposal with their supervisor. The student and supervisor should develop the research proposal together. Proposals should be in the form of a one-page A4 case for support describing the proposed project and the proposed duration. The research proposal should be emailed as a PDF document to Dr. Jas Gill-Thind (j.gill-thind@ucl.ac.uk) by 15th May 2024, 9am.
Review Criteria

The review committee will be composed of academics from both Faculty of Life Sciences and Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

Applications will be assessed based on their:

  • Benefit to the student in terms of training.
  • Track record and academic potential of the student.
  • Skills and experience relavent to the project.


Research projects available for 2024

Examples of previous research projects