Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences MPhil/PhD

Research areas:

  • Behavioural neuroscience
  • Cognitive neuroscience of language
  • Comparative cognition and behaviour
  • Deafness, cognition and language
  • Language and memory
  • Language processing
  • Neural basis of spatial cognition
  • Reasoning and decision-making
  • Social cognition
  • Speech production and perception
  • Visual perception and modelling.

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IRIS department: Div of Biosciences

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or a taught UK Master’s degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. Overseas applicants also need to satisfy the English language requirements.

English level expected: Good


  • All applicants: 30 June 2014
  • Scholarship applicants: 31 January 2014
Applications for competitive funding awarded by UCL must arrive by 31 January in the year you wish to start. If other sources of funding are being considered, it is still in your interest to apply by the 31 January deadline, but later applications can sometimes be considered. Applications should be made as soon as possible, and not later than 30 June for entry in September/October.


  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £20,900
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,450


UCL has been selected as a Doctoral Training Centre by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the division can offer a small number of ESRC funded PhD Studentships. These are available to UK/EU students only.
A number of departmental demonstratorships/teaching assistantships are also available.

Other sources of funding include the UCL Grand Challenges studentship programme, UCL Graduate Research Scholarships, UCL Overseas Research Scholarships, and the four-year Wellcome Scholarship.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website


Many students who complete a PhD in the department stay in academia, either going on to become postdoctoral researchers or research assistants, and ultimately lecturers. Some go on to further training in fields such as clinical psychology, educational psychology, consultancy or applied research. A PhD degree taken at UCL is recognised both nationally and internationally as a qualification of the highest status.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • BSL, Teaching Course Administrator, 2009
  • University of York, Teaching Fellow, 2009
  • UCL, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2009

Next steps


Ms Antonietta Esposito

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