Undergraduates

Research Experience Placements

The REP scheme is funded by NERC to enable undergraduate students to undertake a research project within the environmental sciences over 8-10 weeks, giving an insight into the world of research – a unique opportunity which will be of great benefit to future careers.   

This year, the SSCP DTP will host at least three REP students who will be based in either a department within Imperial College or at a Partner institution.

REP students will receive a weekly stipend of £200 per week. 
Research and training expenses of up to £500 can be covered as agreed in advance between the SSCP DTP and the project supervisor.

Projects will be advertised for applications in April 2018.  Those wishing to undertake a project will be asked to email the project supervisor with their CV and a covering letter detailing why they would like to take up the placement. 

Previous Projects

These are some of the projects students worked on in previous years:

Project TitleDepartment/Organisation
 EcoBuilder: an ecosystem dynamics game  Life Sciences
 Risk analysis of nanomaterials in the environment  Materials
 Low-cost wireless sensor networks for river flow monitoring  Civil & Environmental Engineering
 Techno-economic analysis of biorefineries fuelled by sugar beet pulp  Chemical Engineering
 Where are the missing grasses?  Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
 Developing a Bayesian framework for modelling repetitive element evolution  Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
 Biogas conversion in oxygen separation membranes  Earth Science & Engineering
Plate reconstructions in the South Atlantic  Earth Science & Engineering
Probabilistic assessment of tsunami hazard to the UK  Earth Science & Engineering
Uncertainty quantification and parameter estimation in environmental fluid dynamics  Earth Science & Engineering
An investigation of the characteristics of visits to National Trails  Natural England

REP Eligibility Criteria

Student eligibility

Students are subject to eligibility criteria to be able to apply for NERC REPs. Selected students must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for a REP. The students must:

  • Be studying for an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline outside of NERC's scientific remit (eg mathematics, statistics, computing, engineering, physics).
  • Be applying for a placement in a different department to their undergraduate degree.
  • Be undertaking their first undergraduate degree studies (or integrated Masters).
  • Be expected to obtain a first or upper second class UK honours degree.
  • Be eligible for subsequent NERC PhD funding (ie UK, EU or right to remain in the UK).

Research project criteria

Proposed REP student projects are also subject to suitability criteria. Proposed projects must:

  • Have a clearly defined objective.
  • Be within the science remit of NERC.
  • Be suitable for a student feasibly to complete within the timescale of the award.
  • Include more than purely a computer/modelling component ie some element of fieldwork, data collection, activity to give an understanding of the wider context etc.
  • Give scope for thought and initiative on the part of the student and should not use the student as a general assistant.
  • Be based at an eligible UK research organisation.