Overseas Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme in Science (UROPS) at St John's College, University of Cambridge
Programme Overview

The University of Cambridge is one of the world's oldest universities and leading academic centres, with more than 18,000 students from all walks of life and all corners of the world, over 11,000 staff members, 31 Colleges. Its reputation for outstanding academic achievement is known world-wide and reflects the intellectual achievement of its students, as well as the world-class original research carried out by the staff of the University and the Colleges.

St John's College is one of the oldest and largest colleges in Cambridge. Former students include famous business and political leaders, as well as renowned scientists and artists. One of St John’s Nobel Laureates include Frederick Sanger, who is one of only four individuals to have been awarded a Nobel Prize twice. He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1958 and 1980.

There are 2 projects available:

  1. Robinson Laboratory at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, led by Dr Jason Robinson. Dr Jason Robinson is a University Reader, University Research Fellow of the Royal Society, Director of Graduate Education in Materials Science, and Fellow and Director of Studies at St John’s College. Website: https://www.robinson.msm.cam.ac.uk/.
  2. Nano-manufacturing Group at the Department of Engineering, led by Michael de Volder. Dr Michael de Volder is a Fellow at St John’s College and a lecturer in Nano-manufacturing. Website: https://www.nanomanufacturing.eng.cam.ac.uk/.

The programme takes place in Cambridge, United Kingdom.


The programme takes place from 14 May 2018 – 4 Aug 2018.


Students will be assessed according to the assessment criteria of their home department at NUS, and obtain credits and grades for a Level 2000/3000 UROPS.

With effect from AY2018/2019, students may transfer up to a maximum of 10 Modular Credits (MCs) for each summer programme (takes place between May and July) and up to a maximum of 5 MCs for each winter programme (takes place in December). Please note that when you submit a request for Credits Transfer via NUS Student Information System (NUS SIS), you must ensure that the correct number of MCs to be transferrred is accurate. For instance, if you would like to transfer 10 MCs for a summer school, please request for Credits Transfer for 10 MCs.

Students can map a total of 12 MCs from a maximum of 2 overseas summer/winter programmes without having to pay tuition at NUS. Any additional MCs mapped will be subjected to NUS Special Term fees.

Eligibility Criteria

NUS students must:

  • Be a full-time Faculty of Science student.
  • Obtain a grade C above in the Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Level [H1 General Paper] - Grade C, or obtain a Band 3 in QET.
  • Have a clean disciplinary record.
  • All Year 2 and Year 3 students may apply
  • Not intending to graduate at the end of Semester 2.
  • Not be National Servicemen who are called up for In-Camp Training (ICT). Deferment letter will not be provided.

Shortlisted candidates may be required to attend an interview at the Science Dean’s Office in the week of 5 February 2018. An internal offer does not guarantee your placement in the programme. Your admission outcome is up to the discretion of the partner institution.

Number of Places

There are 2 places available.

Programme Cost

Students are responsible for their own airfare, accommodation, meals, personal expenses, etc.

Estimated cost (Please note that the figures provided are only estimates)



  Return Airfare




  Food and Transport


Financial Assistance

Click here to find out more about the various financial assistance schemes offered by NUS.

Programme Application Procedure and Deadline

To apply, login to Education Records System (EduRec) and submit your application under External Study Type “Research Attachment/Internship/Industrial Attachment”. Please also submit the following documents to Ms Niah Weixin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject, “Summer Research 2018 – [Name of Partner University]”. The application deadline and documents submission deadline is 30 January 2018.

  1. Unofficial transcript.
  2. GCE ‘A’ Level Certificate or Qualifying English Test (QET) result.
  3. Curriculum Vitae. Highlight any prior research experience that you may have to support your application.
  4. Personal statement, including your area of research interest/project, why you are interested in the mentioned area/project, etc.
  5. One recommendation letter from a faculty member in field/s related to your major. Please ask your recommender to send the recommendation letter directly to the Science Dean’s Office (Attn: Ms Niah Weixin). Both hardcopy and softcopy will be accepted.

All students travelling overseas for activities or purposes approved, endorsed, organised, sponsored or authorised by NUS will be covered by the NUS Student Travel Insurance Policy. Click here (under Insurance Cover for Official NUS Trips) for more information.

Exclusions to the NUS Student Travel Insurance may apply. Students are to ensure that they have sufficient travel insurance coverage, and may consider purchasing additional travel insurance if required.

Contact Details

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