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Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology

The Research Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology (NPP) brings together the majority of UCL’s basic neuroscience community, with shared interests in the function of the nervous system.

In recognition of our high international research standards, our core research activities have attracted the highest research ranking of 5A* from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) at all of the research selectivity exercises held to date (2013).


The Division of Biosciences offers a range of degree programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level. At undergraduate level you can choose to come into one of our broad entry programmes such as Biological Sciences or Biomedical Sciences, which allow you to study a variety of courses with the possibility of specialising in year 2. Or, you may wish to specialise immediately in, for example Molecular Biosciences, Genetics, Neuroscience or Pharmacology. All students have the opportunity to study in a research-led environment and the Masters programmes we offer are directly based on our research.


The Department is broadly organised into two major research groups, these include: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, Systems Neuroscience and Behaviour.

To explore the exciting work being undertaken in our Department, please visit the Research and Training links section of this site, which includes our Wellcome Trust 4 year Neuroscience PhD and our 4 yr MRC Life and Biomedical Sciences PhD.