Sandwich students

Undergraduate students in a collaboration space at the Crick.


Sandwich students join one of the Crick's research groups or science technology platforms for 12 months, working on a defined research project.

As well as benefitting from well-resourced research labs and state-of-the-art facilities, you will be provided with a supportive and stimulating work environment, and scientific and transferable skills training.

As a sandwich student at the Crick it was exciting to contribute to real research by applying and developing some of the knowledge and skills I gained at university.
Fiona Kinnis - 2021 sandwich student

The programme

The Sandwich Student Programme starts with an induction which will introduce you to the Crick, how to work in its laboratories, and each other.

During the following year, you will attend internal and external seminars and take part in scientific and professional development training. Towards the end of the programme, you will receive training in scientific presentation skills before presenting your work at a Crick Sandwich Student Symposium.

What we offer

We provide successful applicants with: 

  • a place on the Crick sandwich student programme;
  • a 12-month full-time (36 hours per week) contract of employment as a Sandwich Placement Laboratory Research Assistant;
  • a salary of £24,617 per annum to cover living and travel costs during the placement. 


My placement turned me into a more confident and well-rounded researcher and individual in general. It has greatly increased my drive to pursue a PhD and further contribute towards science and society. 
Ying Low - 2021 sandwich student

Applicants must:

  • be registered at a UK university, and studying in the UK for an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline;
  • be in their second year of undergraduate study if at a university in England, Wales, Northern Ireland or third year if at a university in Scotland; and have at least one further year of undergraduate study to complete after the placement year;
  • be studying on an undergraduate programme for which a sandwich / industrial placement year is a formal part of the degree, or must be able to demonstrate that they may interrupt their studies for 12 months to undertake a placement;
  • have the legal right to work in the UK
    • International students studying full time in the UK at UK universities may apply, provided they can demonstrate that undertaking a sandwich / industrial placement year is a formal part of their undergraduate programme and that their student visa or pre-settled/settled status allows them to undertake full-time paid work for one year.

Students studying at for degrees at universities outside the UK are not eligible for the programme.

Sign up for our newsletters

Join our mailing lists to receive updates about our latest research and to hear about our free public events and exhibitions.  If you would like to find out more about how we manage your personal information please see our privacy policy.