UA Categories

Choosing Your Category

Below are the 25 categories of  The Undergraduate Awards 2018 Programme. These categories have been designed to allow students from a broad range of disciplines to submit their work to the Programme.

Please read the information below carefully, noting the maximum word count for your category. Each category is assigned a different judging panel, made up of experts and industry leaders. To see past judging panels, please click here.

If you are unsure about which category to submit to, learn more here.


Architecture & Design

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This category is for students of Architecture, Construction, Environmental Design, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Design, Product Design etc.

This is a portfolio-based category. Analytical or critical papers on the subject of architecture or design should be submitted to the Art History & Theory category.

Entrants should submit a maximum of 10 images and a Statement between 300 – 1,500 words, explaining their work.

Entrants to Architecture & Design DO NOT submit an Abstract.

Art History & Theory

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This category is for students of Art History, History of Architecture, Theory of Art etc.
Entrants with practical artistic work should submit to the Visual Arts category.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Word Count: 1,750 – 5,000 words

Business

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This category is for Business students, including students of related disciplines such as Marketing, Accounting, Hospitality, Organisational Behaviour, Project Management etc.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Read John Zhou’s paper, Global Winner of Business 2016, here.

Word Count: 1,750 – 5,000

Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences

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This category is for students of Chemical Sciences and Pharmacy, including Pharmacodynamics and Toxicology.
Students of Biology or Biochemistry please submit to Life Sciences

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Word Count: 1,750 – 12,000

Classical Studies & Archaeology

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This category is for students of Archaeology and Classical Studies, including students of Ancient History, Ancient Civilisations, Celtic Studies etc. Students of History who wish to submit a paper on Ancient History, should also submit to this category.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Read Alicia Núñez García’s paper, Global Winner of Classical Studies & Archaeology 2016, here.

Word Count: 1,750 – 5,000

Computer Sciences

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This category is for students of Computer Science, including Computer Systems, Coding Languages, Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence etc.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Read Tomas Higgins’ paper, Global Winner of Computer Sciences 2016, here.

Word Count: 1,750 – 12,000

Earth & Environmental Sciences

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This category is for students of the natural environment and ecosystems, including students of Earth Science, Agriculture, Geography, Geology, etc.

Students of Human Geography, please submit to Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Read Wayne Egan’s paper, Global Winner of Earth & Environmental Sciences 2016, here.

Word Count: 1,750 – 12,000

Economics

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This category is for students of Economics, including Econometrics, Urban Economics, Labour Economics etc.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Read Danielle Dobos’ paper, Global Winner of Economics 2016, here.

Word Count: 1,750 – 5,000

Education

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This category is for students training to become primary, post-primary and preschool teachers, as well as all students of Education Theory and Practice, including Early Childhood Education, Adult Education, Philosophy of Education, History of Education etc.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Read Angelica Ng’s paper, Global Winner of Education 2016, here.

Word Count: 1,750 – 5,000.

Engineering

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This category is for students of Engineering, including Computer and Systems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Construction, Built Environment etc.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Read Sheng Rong Fang’s paper, Global Winner of Engineering 2016, here.

Word Count: 1,750 – 12,000

History

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This category is for students of History, including International, Modern and Contemporary History. Papers on Ancient History should be submitted to Classical Studies & Archeology and papers on Art History should be submitted to Art History & Theory.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Word Count: 1,750 – 5,000

Language & Linguistics

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This category is for students of Languages and Linguistics, including Phonetics, Phonology, Sociolinguistics, Syntax and Pedagogy. All papers must be written in English or translated to English.

Papers which discuss literature should be submitted to the Literature category.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Read Mary Wang’s paper, Global Winner of Language & Linguistics, here.

Word Count: 1,750 – 5,000

Law

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This category is for undergraduate students of law and pre-law.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Read Jacqueline Williams’ paper, Global Winner of Law 2016, here.

Word Count: 1,750-5,000

Life Sciences

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This category is for students of the Biological Sciences, including Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Virology, etc.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Read Sadaf Sohrabi’s paper, Global Winner of Life Sciences 2016, here. 

Word Count: 1,750 – 12,000

Literature

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This category is for students of English literature as well as literature written in languages other than English. All papers must be translated to the English language. Quotes in languages other than English can be included but must be accompanied by an English translation.

We DO NOT accept pieces of creative writing, such as short stories, poems, screenplays etc.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Read Naoise Dolan’s paper, Global Winner of Literature 2016, here.

Word Count: 1,750 – 5,000

Mathematics & Physics

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This category is for students of Mathematics and all areas of Physics, including Astrophysics, Geophysics, Theoretical Physics etc.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Read Jamie Hargreaves’ paper, Global Winner of Mathematics & Physics 2016, here.

Word Count: 1,750 – 12,000

Medical Sciences

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This category is for undergraduate Medial Students, including health-related disciplines such as dentistry, veterinary, etc. Pre-med students should also submit to this catgeory.

Pharmacy students should submit to Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Read Maniragav Manimaran’s paper, Global Winner of Medical Sciences 2016, here.

Word Count: 1,750 – 12,000

Music, Film & Theatre

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This category is for students of:
Music – including Musical Theory, Musicology, History of Music, Music Technology etc.
Drama – including Theatre, Dramatic Theory, Performance, Stage Management, Theatre History, Script Analysis etc.
Film Studies

We DO NOT accept pieces of creative writing, musical composition or films i.e. songs, scores, screenplays, short films etc.
This category is for analytical and critical papers.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Word Count: 1,750 – 5,000

Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Healthcare

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This category is for students of nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, sport science etc.
Medical students should submit to Medical Sciences and students of Pharmacy should submit to Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Read Shauna Callaghan’s paper, Global Winner of Nursing & Midwifery 2016, here.

Word Count: 1,750 – 5,000

Philosophy

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This category is for students of Philosophy and Theology, including Ethics, Metaphysics, etc. Students of Religious Studies may also submit to Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies, depending on the focus of their work.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Read Ilpo Hirvonen’s paper, Global Winner in Philosophy 2016, here.

Word Count:
1,750 – 5,000

Politics & International Relations

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This category is for students of Politics, Government and International Relations.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Read Natalia Beghin’s paper, Global Winner of Politics & International Relations, here.

Word Count: 1,750 – 5,000

Psychology

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This category is for students of Psychology, including Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Neuroscience, etc.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Read Jonathan Tan’s paper, Global Winner of Psychology 2016, here.

Word Count: 1,750 – 5,000

Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies

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This category is for students of Anthropology and Gender Studies, including Religious Studies, Human Geography, Race and Ethnicity Studies, Ethnography etc.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Read Eoin O’Leary’s paper, Global Winner of Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies 2016, here.

Word Count: 1,750 – 5,000

Social Sciences: Sociology & Social Policy

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This category is for students of Sociology and Society, including Criminology, Social policy, Social care, etc.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Word Count: 1,750 – 5,000

Visual Arts

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This category is for students of all practical art subjects, including photography, textiles, sculpture, fashion design etc.

This is a portfolio-based category. Analytical or critical papers on the subject of art should be submitted to Art History & Theory. Students of Product Design should submit to Architecture & Design.

Entrants should submit a maximum of 10 images and an Artist’s Statement between 200-300 words, explaining their work.

Entrants to Architecture & Design DO NOT submit an Abstract.

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