Undergraduate placements

rep_logoThe SWBio DTP receive six Research Experience Placements (REPs) per year from the BBSRC. These are summer research placements for undergraduates, designed to give students a first-hand opportunity to gain greater experience of research in the biosciences and an awareness of research careers.

Read a student’s account of their REP placement >>

Key information

  • The duration of a REP is up to 10 weeks during the summer vacation.
  • Successful students will receive a stipend (minimum of £200 per week).
  • Students need to be eligible to apply (refer below).
  • There are no additional funds available to support travel and accommodation costs whilst undertaking the REP.

Student eligibility

To be eligible for a REP, undergraduate students need to be:

  • In the middle years of their first degree studies
  • Registered for a basic science (including mathematics and engineering) or veterinary degree at a UK university
  • Expected to obtain a first or upper second class UK honours degree
  • Eligible for a BBSRC PhD studentship (full award or fees-only), should they apply (BBSRC Guide to Student Eligibility >>)


Details of the number of REPs available and how to apply can be found under the institution headings.  Projects for REPs taking place in Summer 2018 will be advertised April / May 2018.

University of Bath

University of Bristol

Cardiff University

University of Exeter

Rothamsted Research


Following completion of your REP, you will be expected to complete a brief report about the REP for the BBSRC within 3 months of completion of the placement.

If you have any queries about this scheme, please contact us at swbio-dtp@bristol.ac.uk.  However, queries about projects available at the institutions and how to apply to these, will need to be directed to the relevant institution.

Note: your application may be submitted to the SWBio DTP Administrative Hub for eligibility checks.