Overseas Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme in Science (UROPS) at King’s College London (KCL)
Programme Overview

King's College London is a research-led University, with an excellent reputation for both world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. Their research has delivered impact in the field of forensic science, from the discovery of the structure of DNA to the present day.

King's College London has had an active, dedicated forensic science research programme since 1978, working closely with forensic science practitioners to ensure that the research is focused on addressing their fundamental questions and most important needs. The quality of the group's research is demonstrated through the impact and range of the publications from its academic staff and their collaborative partners.

Forensic Science at King's College London has a long history of training both police and civilian forensic science practitioners, and in 1985 this expanded to form the MSc in Forensic Science, the first postgraduate course in this discipline to be established in England. This programme has been developed, and is delivered, with significant input from forensic science practitioners to ensure that its graduates are well equipped with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to enter and contribute to the profession. Academics play key roles in a number of forensic science working groups and networks; these include Dr Barbara Daniel’s Council role for the British Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Students will be placed in Forensic Science and Analytical Toxicology Laboratories. Click here to find out more.


The programme takes place in London, 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.

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.
  • 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.

Students who are undertaking or planning to undertake Minor in Forensic Science are encouraged to apply.

Shortlisted candidates may be required to attend an interview at the Science Dean’s Office in the week of 8 January 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

The number of places is decided by KCL.

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 NUS Integrated Student Information System (NUS SIS) 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 4 January 2018.

  1. Unofficial transcript.
  2. Curriculum Vitae. Highlight any prior research experience that you may have to support your application.
  3. Personal statement, including your area of research interest/project, why you are interested in the mentioned area/project, etc.
  4. 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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