University of Dundee

Undergraduate Summer Opportunities

The Applications portal for 2019 will open soon

At the School of Life Sciences we are committed to inspiring the next generation of researchers and leaders in the life sciences.

We therefore provide a number of Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduates, giving students the invaluable experience of working in real research laboratories (outside term-time) during the summer months. The schemes are open to both Dundee University students and those from elsewhere, including international students.  We are looking for students studying biology, molecular biology or biomedical sciences. Research in modern biology is becoming ever more interdisciplinary. We also look for Medicine undergraduates with an interest in basic biological mechanisms, as well as students with a background in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Programming and Engineering 

How does it work?

The School offers a number of bespoke, summer lab-based placements funded directly by the School and also through Studentships and funding from Learned Societies or other funding bodies.

In general, a Summer Studentship at the School provides a student with a stipend of around £200 per week to work in a specific laboratory for 8-10 weeks across the summer months (June, July, August). Our options for Summer Research Placements are listed below:

Current Scholarships

Is a summer research placement right for me?

A career in life sciences research can be one of the most rich and rewarding available. However, it can often be difficult for an undergraduate student to imagine what it might be like to work full-time in a world-class research team. What is it like in a real laboratory? What does it feel like to discover something new about, for example, cancer biology? It is almost impossible to get a feel for how research is conducted from the comfort of a lecture theatre or from within a busy practical class - how can we address this?

The School of Life Sciences at Dundee is a unique environment from which to experience research at the cutting-edge. The School comprises over 80 research groups within a large, single, city centre campus and is made up of almost 900 research staff and students attracting external funding in excess of £50 million per year. Indeed, the School of Life Sciences at Dundee is now one of the largest and most productive research institutes in Europe.  Our reputation for excellence is genuinely global and is reflected in the fact that researchers in our laboratories represent no fewer than 60 different nationalities.

If visiting Dundee for the first time over the summer months, the city is located in a stunning location on the east coast of Scotland. The city is within easy reach of the beautiful Scottish Highlands, for those who prefer to participate in outdoor activities, is less than 90 minutes by rail from the cultural centres of Edinburgh and Glasgow, and only 14 miles / 24 km from St Andrews. Dundee University has every facility you could imagine from a modern University and the Dundee University Students' Association (Student's Union) is consistently voted one of the best in the UK.

Applicants will be notified by email if you are selected for interview.  All placement offers are subject to a successful interview with the programme lead and/or the nominated Supervisor. We cannot guarantee that successful applicants will be allocated to one of their preferred Supervisors.

Please note applications are often reviewed in batches so not all applicants will hear about the outcome of their application at the same time.  All applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application, by the Administrator, no later than 31st May 2018.

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