Programme Content and Structure

PhD Programme

This is a four year programme consisting of taught courses and lab rotations in the first year, followed by the PhD research project in years two-four. The taught courses include:

1. Current techniques in neuroscience

2. Statistics and data analysis

3. Library and database usage

4. Two MSc modules in chosen area of specialisation

During the first year, students will also conduct three 12 week research projects at three different laboratories. Research projects will be divided into three broad themes:

1. Mechanisms of neurodegeneration. Projects in this theme will equip students with a broad understanding of the methods used and the important questions to be addressed in understanding disease mechanisms

2. Biomarkers. This theme will address the techniques, methods and the potential of biomarker discovery and development in detecting the early onset of NDD

3. First in Human Studies. This theme focuses on translating research initiatives from the lab bench to human subjects and is closely linked to the other two themes

In each of the 12 week rotations, students will be expected to participate fully in the activities of the laboratories in which they are based, in order to gain an undertanding of the practical research skills and knowledge in which that lab is expert.

The experience and knowledge gained through the taught courses and lab rotations will help students to identify their supervisor(s) and PhD project of interest, which they will then follow for the remaining three years of the programme. It is anticipated that students will have a large input into the development of interdiscplinary research projects, combining the projects undertaken during their lab rotations to develop new and innovative ideas.

In addition to the range of projects offered within UCL, there will be opportunities for students to take advantage of our close links with Eisai (to be linked) one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical research companies. Students will be able to engage in rotation projects and develop their PhD studies within their laboratories.

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Clinical Fellowships

Clinicians will have the opportunity to undertake the four year programme as described above, subject to their clinical training requirements.

Those unable to spend four years away from their training programme will follow a revised schedule to allow the key taught course components to be integrated into their three year research project.

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