Cognitive Neuroscience MPhil/PhD

Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (ICN) PhD students are based in a truly interdisciplinary Institute. The ICN is situated within the School of Life and Medical Sciences with staff members coming from different research divisions and departments. This diversity provides a unique learning and research environment which is also much valued by employers.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
£21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
30 June 2015
Scholarship applicants:
16 January 2015

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 Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Researchers at the ICN examine how the human brain accomplishes perception, memory, cognition, language, consciousness and action. A leading principle is the tight integration of behavioral methods with various cutting-edge approaches to record and manipulate ongoing brain activity. Our research has strong translational implications for the treatment of various neurological and psychiatric disorders, as well as the education, across the lifespan.

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.


Funding is available from UK Research Councils, Wellcome Trust Studentships, the Brain Research Trust, ESRC studentships, teaching assistant studentships (demonstratorships), UCL graduate research scholarships.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding 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.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Post-doctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute, Leipzig (2012)
  • Post-doctoral Researcher, Royal Holloway (2011)
  • Post-doctoral researcher, Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge University (2011)
  • Analyst, YouGov (2014)
  • Imaging Consultant, Definiens AG (2011)

Why study this degree at UCL?

The key benefit of studying cognitive neuroscience at UCL is the outstanding research environment to which students have access. This includes the many UCL Faculty who are world experts in their respective fields; the taught courses offered by these members of staff; a large number of visiting speakers and also numerous workshops, summer schools and locally organised conferences. An additional reason to study cognitive neuroscience at UCL ICN is the high quality of fellow students that come from a range of different backgrounds. This creates a stimulating research environment.

Student / staff ratios › 17 staff › 42 taught students › 48 research students

Department: Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Application deadlines

All applicants
30 June 2015
Scholarship applicants
16 January 2015
The deadline to be considered for fellowship funding is 17 January for all students. Further applications can be considered after this point, but will not be eligible to be proposed for the Graduate School or ESRC studentship competitions.

For more information see our Applications page.

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