Below are the 25 categories of the 2016 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, 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.

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, 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.

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, Human Geography, Race and Ethnicity Studies, Ethnography etc. Max word count: 5,000.


Students of history inc. international history, modern and contemporary 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 including environmental law, medical law and IT law. Max word count: 5,000.

Life Sciences

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

Literature Pre-1710

Students of literature whose work focuses predominantly on pre-1710 texts. (Note: quotations must be in the English language.) Max word count: 5,000.

Literature 1710-Present

Students of literature whose work focuses predominantly on texts from 1710 onwards. (Note: quotations must be in the English language.) Max word count: 5,000.

Mathematics & Physics

Students of mathematics and all areas of physics inc. astrophysics, geophysics, theoretical physics etc. Max word count: 12,000.

Media & Journalism

Students of all areas of media and journalism inc. media analysis, digital media, communication media etc. 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, Theatre & Art History

Students of music, film, theatre, 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, inc. ethics, metaphysics, etc. (Students of Religious Studies may submit to Gender Studies & Anthropology). Max word count: 5,000.

Politics & International Relations

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


Students of psychology inc. forensic psychology health psychology, neuroscience, etc. Max word count: 5,000.

Social Sciences

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.

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