Cognitive Neuroscience MPhil/PhD

Research areas:

  • Cognitive neurology
  • Cognitive neuropsychiatry
  • Cognitive neuropsychology
  • Cognitive neuroscience.
Areas of human cognition studied include:
  • Attention
  • Awareness
  • Cognitive control
  • Development
  • Executive function
  • Memory
  • Motor control
  • Numeracy and literacy
  • Social perception
  • Spatial cognition
  • Speech communication
  • Visual cognition
  • Visual communication.

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, and some relevant research experience.

English level expected: Good


  • All applicants: 30 June 2014
  • Scholarship applicants: 17 January 2014
Applications for competitive funding awarded by UCL must arrive by 17 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 17 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


Funding is available from UK Research Councils, Wellcome Trust Studentships and the Brain Research Trust.

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


The vast majority of graduating PhD students have gone onto postdoctoral positions in leading universities such as UCL, Cambridge and Oxford in the UK, and UCLA and the University of California, Berkeley in the USA.

Next steps


Dr Mairead MacSweeney

T: +44 (0)20 7679 1157


Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

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