Undergraduate placements

rep_logoThe SWBio DTP receive Research Experience Placements (REPs) 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.
  • Students need to be eligible to apply (refer below).
  • You will be paid at least the minimum national living wage for the duration of the REP.
  • 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

Projects available for Summer 2021

Projects available for Summer 2021 will be advertised in April/May 2021.

Disclaimer for Summer 2020 REPs: Due to the current uncertain COVID-19 situation, advertised REP projects at short notice may need to be adapted (e.g. to allow working from home/change in start or end dates/cancelled), for example, due to enforced departmental/institution closures. Flexibility/contingency plans have been built into these projects where possible to try and minimise impacts.


Application form >>  (Quick view in PDF format)

Please submit your application and CV to the supervisor(s) who have their e-mail addresses listed in the project advert. 

Note: your application may be submitted to the SWBio DTP Administrative Hub (University of Bristol) for eligibility checks.

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.