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4 year PhD programme in Clinical Neurosciences

The Four Year PhD programme in Clinical Neurosciences is supported by Brain Research Trust. The programme will start recruiting in October 2016 for entry in September 2017.  Applications close on 4th January 2017 at 11.59pm UK time. Applications received after this date will not be considered. 

Successful applicants will be awarded an annual stipend of £18,000 per year (tax free), and their tuition fees will be paid for them, at the Home/EU fee rate.

HOW TO APPLY Application is by CV and covering letter.Your application should be emailed to ion.educationunit@ucl.ac.uk by the stated deadline: 4th January 2017. Word documents or pdf files will be accepted. We require two files clearly labelled SURNAME, CV and SURNAME, COVERING LETTER. No other documents will be accepted.

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS? You should already have, or anticipate being awarded in 2017, a UK honours degree (minimum 2:1) or international equivalent, in a related subject, for example; Neuroscience, Biological or Biomedical Sciences, Psychology, Medicine. The UCL English Language proficiency requirement must have already been met at the time of application. Further details please visit UCL's language requirement page.

WHAT SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY CV?
Details of your BSc/BA degree and/or Masters degrees;
Details of relevant work experience;
Details of voluntary research/clinical experience;
Details of any academic publications, conference presentations or posters you have written or presented;
Details of any academic prizes you have won;
Names and email contact details for TWO academic referees.

WHAT SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY COVERING LETTER?
You should not repeat the information presented in your CV but expand upon it.
For example; what is it you can bring to this programme? What do you hope to learn? How will a PhD in Clinical Neurosciences fit into, or further your career plans?
Why is a four year programme attractive?

RECRUITMENT TIMETABLE
Applications close on 4 January 2017.
Interviews will be held in mid January 2017 and offers will be made shortly thereafter.
An alternative interview date cannot be offered to individual shortlisted candidates.
Due to the number of applications we receive (2016: 215) we will only contact you if you have been shortlisted for interview. If you have not heard from us by 20 January 2017 you should assume you have not been shortlisted.

WHAT IS A FOUR YEAR PHD? Students on a four year PhD programme spend their first year gaining generic research skills and broadening their research experience before completing a “conventional” three year PhD in years 2-4 of their studies. Students rotate through three different research labs on three month placements in year one of their studies. A list of some previously available lab projects can be found here.They also complete a web–based statistics package and undertake other appropriate generic skills training during their first year. At the end of each lab placement students are asked to present their work to the programme steering group. This first year has the following advantages:

  • it enables students from different backgrounds to broaden their knowledge and skills in three different areas of neuroscience research;
  • it gives students greater insight into neuroscience research, in particular it illustrates to them where their specific skills and experience might best fit, before they select their main 3 year project.
  • it enables students from different backgrounds to broaden their knowledge and skills in three different areas of neuroscience research;
  • it gives students greater insight into neuroscience research, in particular it illustrates to them where their specific skills and experience might best fit, before they select their main 3 year project.

Expected timeline

Year 1: rotations.
Year 2: main lab project
Year 3: main lab project AND MPhil to PhD upgrade [as this is equivalent to Year 2 of   the 3 year PhD program]
Year 4: main lab project AND complete PhD [equivalent to Year 3 of the 3 year PhD program]

CONTACT US
ion.educationunit@ucl.ac.uk