Below are the 25 categories of The Undergraduate Awards 2017 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:
- 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.
- If you’re still confused, go by the department in which you study, or by the department of the lecturer who oversaw the assignment.
- If you’re submitting work from a broad curriculum, chose the category that best fits the department of that course.
- Still not sure? Email us with the name of your degree course and the title of the work in question.
Art History, Music, Film & Theatre
Students of art history, drama, film, music, theatre, etc. Max word count: 5,000.
Students of engineering, including civil and structural, property, quantity surveying, construction, architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture etc. Max word count: 12,000.
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, including pharmacodynamics and toxicology (note: students of biochemistry please submit to Life Sciences). Max word count: 12,000.
Classical Studies & Archaeology
Students of archaeology and classics, including ancient history, ancient civilisations, celtic studies etc. Max word count: 5,000.
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 Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies category.) Max word count: 12,000.
Students of economics, including econometrics, urban economics, labour economics etc. Max word count: 5,000.
Students of education theory and practice, including early childhood education, adult education, philosophy of education, history of education etc. Max word count: 5,000.
Students of engineering, including computer and systems engineering, chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering etc. (Note: Students of civil and structural engineering please submit to Built Environment). Max word count: 12,000.
Students of history, including international history, modern and contemporary history. Max word count: 5,000.
Language & Linguistics
Students of languages and linguistics, including phonetics and phonology sociolinguistics, syntax and pedagogy. (Note: All papers must be written in English) Max word count: 5,000.
Students of all areas of law, including environmental law, medical law and IT law. Max word count: 5,000.
Students of the biological sciences, including paleontology, biochemistry, biotechnology, virology etc. Max word count: 12,000.
Students of English literature written in the English language Max word count: 5,000.
Students of literature written in languages other than English. All papers must be translated to the English language (Note: quotations must be translated to English also) Max word count: 5,000.
Mathematics & Physics
Students of mathematics and all areas of physics, including astrophysics, geophysics, theoretical physics etc. Max word count: 12,000.
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.
Nursing & Midwifery
Students of nursing and midwifery. Max word count: 5,000.
Students of philosophy and theology, including ethics, metaphysics, etc. (Students of Religious Studies may submit to Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies). Max word count: 5,000.
Politics & International Relations
Students of politics and international relations. Max word count: 5,000.
Students of psychology, including forensic psychology health psychology, neuroscience, etc. Max word count: 5,000.
Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies
Students of gender studies and anthropology, including religious studies, human geography, race and ethnicity studies, ethnography etc. Max word count: 5,000.
Social Sciences: Social Policy
Students of society, including criminology, social policy, social care, 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 for Artist Statement: 500 words.