Below are the 25 categories of the 2015 Undergraduate Awards programme. These umbrella categories may include a variety of fields. There is a separate judging panel for every category, composed of experts from the various topics within each field.

Unsure which category is for you? Here’s a simple guide:

  1. Refer to the title of your degree. For example, if you’re studying law, and your essay focuses on corporate law, it should be submitted to law rather than business.
  2. If you’re still confused, go by the department in which you study, or by the department of the lecturer who oversaw the assignment.
  3. If you’re submitting work from a broad curriculum, chose the category that best fits the department of that course.
  4. Still not sure? Email us with the name of your degree course and the title of the work in question.

Category List:


Students of business, including marketing, accounting, tourism, organisational behaviour, etc. Max word count: 5,000.

Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences

Students of the chemical sciences and pharmacy. Max word count: 12,000.

Classical Studies & Archaeology

Students of archaeology and classics. Max word count: 5,000.

Computer Sciences

Students of computer sciences, including AI, computer systems, coding languages, information technology, etc. Max word count: 12,000.

Earth & Environmental Sciences

Students of the natural environment and ecosystems including agriculture, geography, geology, etc. (Note: students of human geography, please submit to Gender Studies & Anthropology category.) Max word count: 12,000.


Students of economics. Max word count: 5,000.


Students of education theory and practice. Max word count: 5,000.

Engineering & Built Environment

Students of engineering – including structural, computer and chemical engineering, architecture etc – and the built environment. Max word count: 12,000.

Gender Studies & Anthropology

Students of Gender Studies & Anthropology, inc. Religious Studies. Max word count: 5,000.


Students of history. (Note: Students of art history should submit to music, film & theater.) Max word count: 5,000.

Languages & Linguistics

Students of languages other than their native tongue, and linguistics. Max word count: 5,000.


Students of all areas of law. Max word count: 5,000.

Life Sciences

Students of the biological sciences, including paeleontology, biochemistry, biotechnology, etc. Max word count: 12,000.

Literature Pre-1710

Students of literature whose work or majority of work is based pre-1710. (Note: quotations must be in the English language.) Max word count: 5,000.

Literature 1710-Present

Students of literature whose work or majority of work is based 1710-present.. (Note: quotations must be in the English language.) Max word count: 5,000.

Mathematics & Physics

Students of mathematics and all areas of physics. Max word count: 12,000.

Media & Journalism

Students of all areas of media and journalism. Max word count: 5,000.

Medical Sciences

Students of the practice and science of health, healing and patient treatment, including dentistry, physiotherapy, veterinary, etc. (Note: Pharmacy students should submit to Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences.) Max word count: 12,000.

Music, Film & Theater (inc Art History)

Students of music, film & theatre including art history,  drama, etc. Max word count: 5,000.

Nursing & Midwifery

Students of nursing and midwifery. Max word count: 5,000.

Philosophy & Theology

Students of philosophy and theology. Max word count: 5,000.

Politics & International Relations

Students of politics and international relations. Max word count: 5,000.


Students of psychology. Max word count: 5,000.

Social Sciences

Students of society, including criminology, social policy, etc. Max word count: 5,000.

Visual Arts & Design

Students of art and craft primarily for visual perception, including photography, textiles, sculpture, etc. (Note: this is a non-essay, portfolio-based category.) Max word count: 5,000.

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