The research opportunities in UROP fall into two streams – the tasting stream and the series stream – to meet the needs of students with different aspirations and levels of research experience.

Tasting Stream

Students who opt for the tasting stream register for UROP1000 – a 0-credit course offered in the summer session alone. This stream is suitable for students who have never participated in UROP and who would like to get a taste of the research experience.

Students who complete UROP1000 will receive a pass/fail grade. Those who gain a pass will be nominated for a stipend of HK$6,000 or HK$3,000, if any, at the discretion of their supervising faculty member. UROP1000 cannot be repeated in any circumstances.

Series Stream

The series stream is designed for students who develop a serious commitment to research on the basis of their initial experience in the tasting stream. The series stream comprises four courses, UROP1100, 2100, 3100 and 4100.

UROP1100 UROP2100 UROP3100 UROP4100
1-credit course for which a pass/fail grade is awarded
(Note: UROP1000 is NOT a prerequisite for UROP 1100
1-credit course for which a pass/fail grade is awarded
(Prerequisite: Pass in UROP1100 and supervising faculty member's consent to continue the course series)
1-credit course for which a pass/fail grade is awarded
(Prerequisites: Pass in UROP2100 and supervising faculty member's consent to continue the course series)
1-credit course for which a pass/fail grade is awarded
(Prerequisites: Pass in UROP3100 and supervising faculty member's consent to continue the course series)

These courses must be taken in sequential order and under the supervision of the same faculty member for the same project, although it is not necessary for them to be taken in consecutive semesters.

To ensure that students have sufficient time to immerse themselves fully in quality research, they are restricted to one UROP project per semester. As a general guideline, students are expected to devote at least three hours per week to lab work on any given research project, although the actual level of commitment shall be determined by the supervising faculty member and the student.

Please refer to the UROP Project Listing System for a list and brief description of the research projects available. For details of the eligibility requirements and application procedures, please refer to the How to Apply page.

Upon completion of the program, students are required to submit a report in conference paper or journal paper format. Reports should be written in English and restricted to 8-12 pages in length (Times New Roman font size 12, double-spaced, single column, with no more than four pages of figures or tables), including a 100- to 120-word abstract.