NERC Research Experience Placements for Undergraduates

We are pleased to announce that NERC have awarded our DTP 4 REP placements to be completed over the summer period of 2015. These placements give undergraduate students a taster of what it’s like to be a postgraduate researcher.

Have you ever thought of using your quantitative skills to study:
    • Insect Pollination;
    • The Earth’s Core;
    • Salmon Migration;
    • Predicting Volcanic Eruptions;
    • Natural Resources & Well-being;
    • Weighted Burden Test;
    • Analysing Low Concentration Samples;
    • Photographing Rare Mammal Species;
    • Predicting Earthquakes;
    • Arctic Sea Ice Melting;
    • or Tree Diseases?

Applications are now closed.

Successful undergraduate applicants are paid £200 per week for a placement of at least 8 weeks during the Universities’ summer recess, and up to £500 towards research expenses which can be claimed by their supervisor or research team. Successful candidates will later be encouraged to apply for a PhD in the Environmental Sciences (fully funded by NERC).


The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is funding the Research Experience Placement (REP) scheme for undergraduate students to open up the exciting opportunities for undergraduates to, not only switch departments for their placement, but to also potentially work at another institute within the London NERC DTP.

The REPs scheme recognises that there is a shortage of individuals with quantitative skills coming into environmental science. REPs are aimed at addressing this shortage by offering funding for summer placements, which focus on encouraging undergraduate students who are studying quantitative disciplines to consider a career in environmental research.

Eligibility - students must meet ALL of the following criteria:

• Be studying for a degree in a quantitative discipline (e.g. mathematics, statistics, computing, engineering, physics)

• Be undertaking the placement in a different department to their undergraduate degree;

• Be in the middle of their first 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 (UK, EU or right to remain in the UK).

To view more details on the programme please visit the NERC website here.

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