Undergraduate Students

At the Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, investigators leading research groups participate in undergraduate teaching in BSc and MSci programmes in Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Anatomy, Physiology and Biomedical Sciences. The groups in the Centre also provide hands-on research projects for final year students in these programmes.

BSc (Three-Year) and MSc (Four-Year) Programmes

Prospective students wishing to pursue neuroscience or neuroscience-related subjects can find details of BSc and MSc programmes (Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Anatomy, Physiology & Biomedical Sciences) offerings on the King’s College London online prospectus.

Vacation Studentships

The summer vacation studentship scheme is aimed at giving undergraduates between the second and third years of their degrees the opportunity to work in a research laboratory environment. Funding must be gained and the deadlines for applications to the various funding bodies are February to April. Studentships typically last for between 8 and 10 weeks. Funding bodies provide a stipend of around £150 to £200 per week for expenses. In the past, this training has proved particularly valuable to students that go on to undertake a research project in their final year.

Students should select potential supervisors and arrange to meet and discuss a potential project. Once a supervisor has agreed to a particular student undertaking vacation work, the supervisor and student can then apply for funding from a number of sources (see below).

Funding Bodies and deadlines

  • Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarships

    These awards provide promising undergraduates with hands-on experience of research during the summer vacation, with the aim of encouraging them to consider a career in research. Scholarships are available for between six and eight weeks and currently provide a stipend for the student of £250 per week. More information.

  • The Genetics Society Summer Studentships

    Grants are available to provide financial support for undergraduate students interested in gaining research experience in any area of genetics by carrying out a research project over the long vacation, usually prior to their final year. The studentship will consist of an award of £200 per week for up to 8 weeks to the student plus a grant of up to £750 to cover expenses incurred by the host laboratory. More information.

  • The Physiological Society Undergraduate Vacation Studentship Scheme

    Vacation Studentships offer undergraduates the opportunity to undertake a research project on an area of physiology over their summer break. Working under an academic supervisor, they can get to experience day-to-day life in the laboratory first-hand. For students living away from home, funding of up to £200 a week for up to eight weeks is on offer. For students living at home, funding of up to £100 a week for up to eight weeks is on offer. More information.

  • BBSRC Research experience Placements

    The Research Experience Placements (REPs) scheme provides support for undergraduate summer research placements. The purpose of this scheme is to give promising undergraduates a first-hand opportunity to gain greater experience of research in the biosciences. Each REP is for up to 10 weeks during the summer vacation. T he value of a REP is £2,500 to cover a minimum stipend of £200 per week to the student and a contribution towards research expenses during the placement. More information.

  • The Biochemistry Society

    Grants are available for stipends of £200 per week for 6 – 8 weeks, and up to £1,600 in total, to support an undergraduate student to carry out a summer lab placement. More information.

  • British Society of Cell Biology
    The BSCB Summer Vacation Studentships offer financial support for high caliber undergraduate students, who wish to gain research experience in cell biology during their summer vacation. Our aim is to encourage students to consider a post-graduate research career in cell biology after their undergraduate studies. More information.

  • Anatomical Society

    The Anatomical Society offers bursaries to enthusiastic and qualified undergraduate students to undertake research in the Anatomical Sciences during a 4 to 10 week period in the summer vacation normally at their own institution. Successful applicants will receive a bursary up to a maximum of £2,500 each (comprising a stipend (£180pw) and a bench fee of £700 (£70pw)). More information.