As a STEM student, we understand that disciplinary focus is often your main priority when selecting the best and most rewarding study abroad experience. We offer a range of exciting summer research projects in five great locations: Australia, Scotland, Ireland, England, and Spain. This list below highlights the range of project choices on offer, alongside their locations and their availability.

These programs are highly competitive and fill up fast. Once you decide your project preference please get your application in to us. We would recommend you also keep in mind an alternative project should your preferred option be already taken. 


2020 Research Projects​

Aerospace Engineering Agronomy / Agriculture Animal Behavior Atmospheric Science / Meteorology Bioinformatics
Biology Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Science Cancer Biology Cell & Molecular Biology
Chemical Engineering Chemistry Civil Engineering Computer & Software Engineering Computer Science
Developmental Biology Earth Science Ecology Environmental Health Environmental Science
Epidemiology Food Science Genetics Imaging Science Immunology
Insect Ecology Large Animal Medicine Life Science Material Science & Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Microbiology Neuroanatomy Neuroscience Pharmacology Physics
Plant Biology / Soil Science Psychology Science Education Sport & Exercise Science Virology

 

Aerospace Engineering

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
The effect of constraint on quench induced residual stresses during precipitation hardening of 7000 series aluminum alloys Limerick Reserved

 

Agronomy / Agriculture

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Discovery and Characterization of New Components Required for the Development and Control of Legume Nodules: regulated by acid soils to inhibit nodule formation Brisbane Open
Genomic selection for perennial ryegrass: A simulation study Brisbane Open

 

Animal Behavior

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Abandoning your birthplace: late instar monarch caterpillar movement between plants Brisbane Open
Depicting personality traits in fallow deer (Dama dama) fawns at capture Dublin Reserved
Human-deer interactions in the Phoenix Park, Dublin: a study aimed at creating a wildlife management model Dublin Open

 

Atmospheric Science/Meteorology 

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Satellite-based climatology of Australian dust transport Brisbane Open 
Monitoring volcanic clouds over the globe based on satellite data (*) Granada Open
Visualization of NASA satellite data for the observation of Earth's atmosphere Granada Open
NOAA HYSPLIT Model: A complete modeling system for simulating dispersión of atmospheric material Granada Open
New particle formation and its impact on cloud-forming particles Granada Open
Effects of road traffic restrictions on NO2 levels in Madrid Granada Open

 

Bioinformatics

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
The causal effect of maternal coffee consumption on birthweight – A Mendelian Randomization Study Brisbane Reserved
The development and validation of the Automated Topology Builder (ATB) Brisbane  Reserved
Characterization of peptides encoded by short open reading frames Brisbane Reserved
Genomic selection for perennial ryegrass: A simulation study Brisbane  Open

 

Biology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Nighttime transpirational water loss and growth in crop plants: any systematic difference between grass-type plants (monocots) and broad-leaved crops (dicots)? Dublin Open
Nighttime transpirational water loss in barley: its response to photoperiod length  Dublin Open
Changes in aquaporin expression in roots of barley/wheat in response to a partial reduction (excision) of root system Dublin Open
Aquaporin expression in lateral roots of barley in response to nitrogen limitation Dublin Open
Apoplastic barrier formation in roots of barley in response to nitrogen limitation Dublin Open
Water quality in the small stream network Dublin Reserved
Physiological regulation of human urea transporters Dublin Reserved
Irish barley under stress: what can we learn from image-based phenotyping? Dublin Open
Who cut it? Investigation of protease activity during plant programmed cell death Dublin Open
Molecular and morphological analysis of CRISPR-Cas9 genome-edited Arabidopsis thaliana plants Dublin Reserved

 

Biomedical Engineering

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Role of Meninges in Concussion: Mechanical and Structural Characterization of Porcine Meninges Membrane Limerick Open
Capillary Performance of Multi-porous Wicks for two-phase heat transfer devices Limerick Open 
Trans-thoracic echocardiography using a robotic arm London - King's Open
Fetal ultrasound using a multi-arm robotic system London - King's Open
Surgical repair of a rib cage using 3D Printing London - King's Reserved
Assessment of a physical simulator for a key-hole lung surgery London - King's Open
Chest wall motion assessment post-thoracic surgery London - King's Open
Use of glasses-free stereoscopic displays for image-guided interventions London - King's Open
3D printing of prosthetics using a novel silicone printer London - King's Open 
Quantifying motor control outside the laboratory London - King's Open

 

Biomedical Science

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Characterization of human ligand-binding proteins of S. gallolyticus strains Dublin Reserved
Determining the host response to novel vaccine antigens Dublin Reserved
The effects of trauma-induced neuroinflammation on Alzheimer's disease-related pathology Dublin Reserved
Investigating the role of disease-causing proteins in motor neuron function Dublin Reserved
Examining gene expression in a zebrafish model of drug-induced visual dysfunction Dublin Reserved
Production of glycosylated surface structures by Campylobacter jejuni Dublin Open
Phenotypic characterization of Campylobacter jejuni strains isolated from different sources Dublin Reserved

 

Cancer Biology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Finding novel anticancer agents from plants Aberdeen  Open
Role of cytokines in Human papillomavirus (HPV) protein E7 driven immune-suppression Brisbane Reserved
Which immunosuppressive pathways prevent natural killer cell activation to kill tumor cells? Brisbane Reserved
Association of microbiome biofilm formation in colorectal cancer Dublin Reserved

 

Cell & Molecular Biology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
The role of G protein-coupled receptors in the physiological processes underlying cognition, memory & mood Aberdeen Open
The molecular mechanisms involved in wound healing Aberdeen Reserved
Screening teratogens to identify mechanisms of action  Aberdeen Open
Heads or tails? Stem cell programming using electrical cues  Aberdeen Reserved
Identifying new drug targets for aortic valve stenosis Aberdeen Reserved
Understanding the role of inflammation in Type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis Aberdeen Open
The impact of sex on the expression and function of GPCR drug targets for pulmonary arterial hypertension Aberdeen Open
Study of a new receptor target for brain and spinal cord disease Aberdeen Open
Stem cells in the development and maintenance of the eye Aberdeen Reserved
Antimicrobial resistance-driven changes in microbe-host interactions Aberdeen Open
Focussed on Fat: Understanding the function of genes control human adipose tissue development and how they influence metabolic health Aberdeen  Reserved
Characterization of peptides encoded by short open reading frames Brisbane Reserved
Developing new antibiotics through directed evolution Brisbane Reserved
Physiological regulation of human urea transporters Dublin Reserved
Who cut it? Investigation of protease activity during plant programmed cell death Dublin  Open
Molecular and morphological analysis of CRISPR-Cas9 genome-edited Arabidopsis thaliana plants  Dublin Reserved
Activating AMPK for the treatment of DMD London Open
Can extracellular vesicles isolated from cows' milk affect human immune cell responses in vitro London Reserved
Cell signaling regulation during endothelial cell growth London Open
Do extracellular vesicles play a role in vascular inflammation in hyperglycemia London Reserved
Does hypoxia modulate functional divergence and proliferative potential of endothelial cells? London Reserved
Effect of early life nutrition supply on the development of spleen and thymus in calves London Reserved
Investigation of fluorescence-labeled extracellular vesicles from equine mesenchymal stem cells London Reserved 
Perineuronal net development in a model of preterm brain injury London Reserved
Understanding the role of phosphate in the terminal differentiation of osteoblasts into osteocytes London Reserved
Characterizing the equine endothelial cell and its role in exercise-induced angiogenesis London Open
Mitochondrial dysfunction in neonatal brain injury – do Prohibitins play a role? London Reserved
Identifying Cellular Mechanisms for the Skeletal Benefits of SFX-01 London Open
Is collagen content modulated in torsed equine umbilical cords? London Open

 

Chemical Engineering

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Computational studies on materials for sustainable energy applications Brisbane Reserved
Lubrication behavior of colloidal solution on different surface morphologies Brisbane Open
Phosphor recovery by thermal technologies of dairy waste products Limerick Open
Production of bio-based solvents from lignocellulosic biomass Limerick Open
Pyrolysis process as a sustainable management option of poultry manure Limerick Open

 

Chemistry

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Antimicrobial properties of silver Brisbane Reserved
Computational studies on materials for sustainable energy applications Brisbane Reserved
The development and validation of the Automated Topology Builder (ATB) Brisbane Reserved
Isolating natural products from Australian native lands Brisbane Reserved
Pools of phosphorus in soils of Papua New Guinea Brisbane  Reserved
Co-creating inquiry-focused experiments for the Organic Chemistry Teaching Laboratory Glasgow Reserved
3D Printing of Gels Glasgow Open
Self-assembly in Polyoxometalates Glasgow Reserved
Chemistry of the F-Elements Glasgow Reserved
Luminescence Switching using Plasmonics Glasgow Open
Block copolymer self-assembly and polymer particles Glasgow Reserved

 

Civil Engineering

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
An Experimental Investigation of Composite Action in Double Layer Bending Active Gridshells made from Engineered Timber Limerick Open

 

Computer & Software Engineering

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Security risks for the modern/electric vehicle Limerick Open 
Blockchain and the Digital Twin Limerick Open

 

Computer Science

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Crowdsourcing digital content moderation Brisbane Open
Extracting Physical Signals from Machine Learning Models Brisbane Open
Virtual Reality demonstration of a Humans internal latency using HTC VIVE and an EMOTIVE EPOC (Brain human interface) Dublin Open 
The Role of the Environment in Learning to Program: Exploring Educational Programming Data with the Blackbox Dataset Dublin Reserved
Mini Supercomputer: Reducing the Cost and Carbon Footprint of High-Performance Computing Development Dublin Open
"Non-Traditional" Computer Scientists: A Social Computing Project to Help Improve Diversity, Equality and Success in Computer Science Dublin Open
Antimicrobial Peptide Prediction Dublin Reserved
Textual Entailment for Expert-Guided Document Classification Dublin Open
Operationalizing Ethics in AI systems Dublin Open
Improving QoE of Chatbots users using Facebook Messenger and Dialogflow Dublin Reserved
Dynamic Adaptive Video Streaming over HTTP using Software Defined Networks Dublin Open
Can we make the computer identify the emotional moods of our friends from their speech with the robustness of our natural ear? Dublin Open

 

Developmental Biology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Screening teratogens to identify mechanisms of action  Aberdeen Open 
Heads or tails? Stem cell programming using electrical cues  Aberdeen Reserved
Cell signaling regulation during endothelial cell growth London Open
Does hypoxia modulate functional divergence and proliferative potential of endothelial cells? London Reserved
Investigation of fluorescence-labeled extracellular vesicles from equine mesenchymal stem cells London Reserved
microRNA regulation of embryonic cell development London Reserved
Understanding the role of phosphate in the terminal differentiation of osteoblasts into osteocytes London Reserved
Identifying Cellular Mechanisms for the Skeletal Benefits of SFX-01 London  Open
Is collagen content modulated in torsed equine umbilical cords? London Open
Does genomic copy number variation in failed early equine pregnancies impact on gene expression? London Open

 

Earth Science

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Extracting Physical Signals from Machine Learning Models Brisbane Open

 

Ecology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Depicting personality traits in fallow deer (Dama dama) fawns at capture Dublin Reserved
Human-deer interactions in the Phoenix Park, Dublin: a study aimed at creating a wildlife management model  Dublin Open
Water quality in the small stream network Dublin Reserved

 

Environmental Science

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Satellite-based climatology of Australian dust transport Brisbane  Open
Effects of road traffic restrictions on NO2 levels in Madrid Granada Open
Nighttime transpirational water loss and growth in crop plants: any systematic difference between grass-type plants (monocots) and broad-leaved crops (dicots)? Dublin Open
Nighttime transpirational water loss in barley: its response to photoperiod length  Dublin Open
Changes in aquaporin expression in roots of barley/wheat in response to a partial reduction (excision) of root system Dublin Open
Aquaporin expression in lateral roots of barley in response to nitrogen limitation Dublin Open
Apoplastic barrier formation in roots of barley in response to nitrogen limitation Dublin Open
Water quality in the small stream network Dublin Reserved
Irish barley under stress: what can we learn from image-based phenotyping? Dublin Open
Nano-Materials for selective adsorption and destruction of aqueous pollutants Dublin Open
Photocatalytic and Energy Storage Systems for Transition Towards Sustainable, Low-Carbon Societies Dublin Open

 

Environmental Health

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Potential health impact of ultrafine particles under different urban atmospheric conditions Granada Reserved

 

Epidemiology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Environmental toxicants, micronutrients and neurodevelopmental disorders Brisbane Reserved
The causal effect of maternal coffee consumption on birthweight – A Mendelian Randomization Study Brisbane Reserved

 

Food Science

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Lubrication behavior of colloidal solution on different surface morphologies Brisbane Open

 

Genetics

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Focussed on Fat: Understanding the function of genes control human adipose tissue development and how they influence metabolic health Aberdeen Reserved 
Discovery and Characterization of New Components Required for the Development and Control of Legume Nodules: regulated by acid soils to inhibit nodule formation  Brisbane Open 
The causal effect of maternal coffee consumption on birthweight – A Mendelian Randomization Study Brisbane Reserved
Genomic selection for perennial ryegrass: A simulation study Brisbane Open
Identifying resistance to Fusarium wilt in wild banana lines  Brisbane Reserved
Molecular and morphological analysis of CRISPR-Cas9 genome-edited Arabidopsis thaliana plants Dublin Reserved
Activating AMPK for the treatment of DMD London Open
microRNA regulation of embryonic cell development  London Reserved
Does genomic copy number variation in failed early equine pregnancies impact on gene expression? London Open

 

Imaging Science

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Image processing and image reconstruction techniques to improve the accuracy of the information extracted from Nuclear Medicine images Aberdeen Open
Creating an interactive atlas of canine anatomy, histology and magnetic resonance imaging features London  Open
Use of glasses-free stereoscopic displays for image-guided interventions  London - King's Open

 

Immunology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Role of cytokines in Human papillomavirus (HPV) protein E7 driven immune-suppression  Brisbane Reserved
Which immunosuppressive pathways prevent natural killer cell activation to kill tumor cells? Brisbane Reserved
Control the generation of follicular helper T cells in autoimmune disease and vaccination Brisbane Reserved
Determining the host response to novel vaccine antigens Dublin Reserved
Animal-free selection of antibody reagents London Open
Can extracellular vesicles isolated from cows' milk affect human immune cell responses in vitro London Reserved
Do extracellular vesicles play a role in vascular inflammation in hyperglycemia London Reserved
Effect of early life nutrition supply on the development of spleen and thymus in calves London Reserved

 

Insect Ecology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Abandoning your birthplace: late instar monarch caterpillar movement between plants Brisbane Open

 

Large Animal Medicine

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Investigating Sleep Disturbance in Dogs with Muscular Dystrophy London Reserved

 

Life Science

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Mesophiles and Thermophiles in the Urban Environment Glasgow Open
Bacteria in Freshwater: A Historical Record of Past Pollution? Glasgow Open
Using Caenorhabditis elegans as a Model Organism for Genetic Screens Glasgow Open
Investigating the reliability of Daphnia as a model to study the autonomic control of heart rate Glasgow Open

 

Material Science & Engineering

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
The effect of constraint on quench induced residual stresses during precipitation hardening of 7000 series aluminum alloys Limerick Reserved
An Experimental Investigation of Composite Action in Double Layer Bending Active Gridshells made from Engineered Timber Limerick Open
Finite Element modeling of quenching of aluminum alloys to account for thermal fluid interaction Limerick Open

 

Mechanical Engineering

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Computational modeling of mechanical behavior of lightweight carbon fiber materials Limerick Open
Computer-Aided Motion Analysis of an Electric Vehicle using Solidworks Limerick Open

 

Microbiology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Antimicrobial resistance-driven changes in microbe-host interactions Aberdeen Open
Antimicrobial properties of silver Brisbane Reserved
Developing new antibiotics through directed evolution Brisbane Reserved
Characterization of human ligand-binding proteins of S. gallolyticus strains Dublin Reserved
Production of glycosylated surface structures by Campylobacter jejuni Dublin Open
Phenotypic characterization of Campylobacter jejuni strains isolated from different sources Dublin Reserved
Animal-free selection of antibody reagents London Open

 

Neuroanatomy

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Creating an interactive atlas of canine anatomy, histology and magnetic resonance imaging features London Open

 

Neuroscience

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Environmental toxicants, micronutrients and neurodevelopmental disorders Brisbane Reserved
Investigating the role of disease-causing proteins in motor neuron function Dublin Reserved
The effects of trauma-induced neuroinflammation on Alzheimer's disease-related pathology Dublin Reserved
Examining gene expression in a zebrafish model of drug-induced visual dysfunction Dublin Reserved
Perineuronal net development in a model of preterm brain injury London Reserved
Mitochondrial dysfunction in neonatal brain injury – do Prohibitins play a role? London  Reserved

 

Pharmacology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
The role of G protein-coupled receptors in the physiological processes underlying cognition, memory & mood Aberdeen Open
Identifying new drug targets for aortic valve stenosis Aberdeen Reserved
Finding novel anticancer agents from plants  Aberdeen Open

 

Physics

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Simulating interacting particle systems Brisbane Open
Reflectance Spectroscopy of Organic Thin Films Brisbane Open
Precision atomic theory and tests of the standard model Brisbane  Open

 

Plant Biology / Soil Science

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Discovery and Characterization of New Components Required for the Development and Control of Legume Nodules: regulated by acid soils to inhibit nodule formation  Brisbane Open
Identifying resistance to Fusarium wilt in wild banana lines Brisbane Reserved
Pools of phosphorus in soils of Papua New Guinea Brisbane Reserved
Irish barley under stress: what can we learn from image-based phenotyping? Dublin Open
Who cut it? Investigation of protease activity during plant programmed cell death Dublin Open
Molecular and morphological analysis of CRISPR-Cas9 genome-edited Arabidopsis thaliana plants  Dublin Reserved 

 

Psychology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Psychology of behavior change: Healthy and sustainable food choices Glasgow Reserved
Exploring adolescent wellbeing in the #sleepyteens research project Glasgow Reserved
Spatial Skill Development in Engineering: An Intervention to Support First-Year Engineering Students in Working with Spatial Information  Limerick Open

 

Science Education

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Understanding the role of Science Faculty with Education Specialties Brisbane Reserved
Microbiology Online - Video and Animation Development Brisbane Open
Playground Science for School Teachers Limerick Open
The underlying mathematical framework in the architectural process of Christopher Alexander Limerick Open
Paper folding Axiomatics Limerick Open

 

Sport & Exercise Science

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Assessment of various experimental protocols during the assessment of exercise intensity and lactate metabolism Aberdeen Open 
Quantifying motor control outside the laboratory London - King's Open

 

Virology

PROJECT NAME LOCATION PROJECT STATUS: OPEN / RESERVED*
Molecular detection of novel canine circovirus (CCirV) and bocavirus (CBoV) in the UK London Open

 


OPEN - PROJECT STILL AVAILABLE FOR STUDENT COMPLETION
Reserved - Project already taken by a student