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What’s the secret to creating a truly iconic and innovative video game? What role do the proteins needed for autophagy play in preventing cancer and Alzheimer’s? Is there a mathematical property that holds the key to ecosystem survival? What impact does solitary confinement in prisons have on mental health?

These are just a handful of questions which our academics are working hard to answer. If you’re fascinated by the unexplored and keen to take the road less travelled, you’ll feel right at home at Warwick, in a community that’s actively creating new knowledge.

We are renowned for the wide-reaching impact of our research and were ranked 7th overall among UK research universities in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014. We are justifiably proud of our research-teaching links, which mean that by studying with us you’ll encounter the latest thinking in your subject.

Mind-controlled car - What happens when you control a Scalextric car with your mind? A group of postgraduates in Warwick’s Biomedical Engineering Outreach Team have been finding out. They’ve created a brain-computer interface that can link a brain and the car, using electrical impulses from alpha waves in the brain to guide the car round the track. Find out more.

Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS)

All our undergraduate courses offer opportunities to complete research projects, whether that involves group work or completing an individual dissertation.

Our well-established Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS) means you can also participate in cutting-edge research outside of your degree, adding an extra dimension to your studies and allowing you to follow your curiosities beyond the curriculum.

URSS enables you to apply for a bursary and skills training to work alongside academics on a research project outside your course, on campus, in the UK or throughout the world. You’ll also get official recognition of your achievements.

My URSS project begins! I’m so excited to be conducting my research and project in London. I am nervous, I’ve never been involved in something like this, but it will be a great achievement once I complete it. I have an Oyster card ready and my pen and paper. Tomorrow I am going to the British Library to register in order to get my library card and enter the reading rooms! It all seems very official and I am quite nervous, but obviously excited as well.

Jivan Kandola, 2nd Year, Classical Civilisation, URSS participant in 2016

International collaboration

Warwick’s global connections mean that you can collaborate with students and academics from leading overseas universities to broach new areas of research. Many of these opportunities draw on our close partnership with Monash University in Melbourne, including:

  • Reinvention journal – Our joint academic journal with Monash University in Australia, Reinvention: an International Journal of Undergraduate Research, is run and edited by undergraduates from both universities. It showcases some of the best undergraduate research from around the world, giving you the opportunity to have your work peer-reviewed by academics.
  • International Conference of Undergraduate Research – Using the latest video-conferencing technology to bring together students from all over the world, this annual event celebrates and shares undergraduate research. It is funded and run jointly by our Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) and the Monash-Warwick Alliance.
Industry links

Many leading UK and international companies invest heavily in Warwick’s research expertise. This investment means that we can continue to improve our learning and research facilities. Some companies also offer their own opportunities for you to get involved in research. For example, an eight-week summer internship scheme run by WMG (formerly Warwick Manufacturing Group) gives our undergraduates experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team alongside global companies to develop solutions to real-world problems.

The Science of risk - Could you take risks with multi-million pound deals, or with life and death decisions? Nick Chater, Professor of Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School, is investigating how our brains act as a machine for navigating a world of uncertainties. While we do well with the day-to-day risks – crossing the road, playing sports, etc. – we’re not wired to make huge financial decisions and can get these horribly wrong. Find out more.

Space to ask questions

It’s important that you have the right tools and support if you want to carry out research. These are just some of the facilities and services that you may have access to, depending on your area of study:

  • The Library’s ‘Student as Researcher’ programme – Delivered in partnership with academic departments, this programme embeds information and research skills within the curriculum
  • Get WISe – A comprehensive online module to support the development of library research skills, run by our Library „ Modern Records Centre – Holding nationally important primary sources for studying social, political and economic history, the Centre is used by some Humanities and Social Science departments with small undergraduate study groups
  • Interdisciplinary science building – A state-of-the-art joint building for Physics and Chemistry, which focuses on materials and analytical science research and is available for use by both undergraduates and postgraduates involved in research