Important: Students should not restrict their search for a supervisor to those listed below. Use other sources of information on research groups to find out about possible supervisors. Most UROP research experiences are obtained with staff who do not advertise their availability. However, please also take note of the list of non-participating staff.

UROP Opportunities in the Faculty of Medicine
Title of UROP Opportunity (Research Experience) & DetailsExperience required (if any)Contact Details and any further Information
Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Heart: Development of MRI techniques for improved cardi ovascu lar imaging. These techniques include both acquisition and image processing methods. The work may involve the construction of suitable phantoms to help validate and set up the MRI system for optimal results Programming ability in C would be desirable

Professor David Firmin, Cardiovascular MR Unit, National Heart & Lung Institute, Faculty of Medicine, Royal Brompton Campus. Tel: 020 7351 8801  Email:

Added: 24 March, 2017

Developing Interactive Visualisations for Education:

Background - This funded UROP project is an exciting opportunity to help realise one of the programmes funded by the College’s Excellence Fund in Learning and Teaching Innovation.

From June through September 2017 we aim to develop a suite of interactive visualisations for education. These visualisations will be designed to enhance understanding of abstract concepts and fall within the broad subject areas of Maths, Core Physics, and Modern Physics.

UROP description: The duration of the UROP placement will be 5 to 10 weeks over the summer break. During this time, you will work as part of a team of UROP students to undertake the programming of the visualisations in Python and Jupyter Notebooks. Within the team you will closely work with one or more other students on your particular subject area, under supervision of a member of staff of the Physics department.

There are two main stages to the project:

(1) Finding / developing suitable modules and packages for use in the creation of visualisations. If you are involved in this stage your main work will be to create the ‘core tools’ for the visualisations, i.e. packages that are compatible with Jupyter Notebooks and allow for the creation of stand-alone graphic, interactive web apps.

This stage is particularly suitable to Computer Science students or others with significant experience in Python programming and a knack for independent searching and evaluation of Python packages. We aim to employ students for this phase as early as possible (ideally June) to facilitate the implementation of stage (2).

(2) Creating visualisations in Maths / Core Physics / Modern Physics, using the ‘core tools’ identified in stage (1). You will work to realise and improve the designs that academics will have created, and probably help expand the ‘core tools’ library. This stage is best suited to students from the Maths and Physics department or others with a good conceptual understanding of vectors, vector calculus, differential equations, and/or Electromagnetism and other Physics courses, and who are competent Python programmers.


Skills and experience required by the ideal participant:

  • Essential: enthusiasm to create tools for education; competent in Python programming; ability to work and code independently; willingness to work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Desirable: experience with Jupyter notebooks; experience with interactive and / or graphic Python modules; affinity with graphic design.

When: June to September 2017, with possible placements in term-time 2017-2018 and second placements during the summer break in 2018.

How to apply: If you are interested in participating in this project, please email Dr Caroline Clewley at, with the key word ‘UROP’ in the subject line. In your email, indicate your background and which stage of the project would suit you best. If you have any examples of relevant previous work, appending them as attachments or web links will be very helpful. Please also attach a short CV with relevant skills and experience, as well as a list of modules and marks obtained so far. This will help us put together a team with complementary skills.

We will review all applications over the Easter break and contact you at the beginning of term 3.

Contact details: Dr Caroline Clewley, Room 318, Blackett Laboratory, South Kensington Campus. Tel: 020759 45239. Email:

UROP Opportunities in the Faculty of Medicine
UROP Opportunities in the Faculty of Medicine