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Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit MPhil/PhD

Students at the Gatsby Unit study toward a PhD in either theoretical neuroscience or machine learning, with minor emphasis in the complimentary field. Collaborative projects, for example with an experimental neuroscience group at UCL or elsewhere, are welcome, although the primary project supervisor should be one of the Gatsby (or adjunct) faculty.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 4 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT)
Overseas:
£21,530 (FT)

Application deadlines

This Phd programme lasts for four years, including a first year of intensive instruction in techniques and research in theoretical neuroscience and machine learning. We only admit new students starting in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. All applications for this programme must be made directly to the Gatsby Unit. Please refer to all information on the Gatsby Unit website for how to apply.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a strong analytical background, a keen interest in neuroscience or machine learning and a relevant first degree at a munimum of upper second-class UK Bachelor's level or an overseas equivalent, for example in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics, Psychology or Statistics. Students seeking to combine work in neuroscience and machine learning are particularly encouraged to apply.

English language requirement: Good

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.

International equivalencies

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

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Funding

A number of competitive fully-funded studentships are available each year. These cover payments of full fees, provide a generous stipend and are available to students of any nationality.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

Top career destinations for this degree

  • University of Cambridge, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2011,
  • UCL Wellcome Trust, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2010,
  • Google DeepMind, Researcher, 2013,
  • Duke University, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2012,

Employability

Our students are extremely well trained - we offer a very intense, and very rigorous, programme. They therefore tend to get good jobs; over 90% of our graduate students get postdoctoral positions, and the ones that do get postdoctoral positions tend to go on to faculty positions.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme provides a unique opportunity for a critical mass of theoreticians to interact closely with each other, including Computer Science, Science, Functional Imaging, Physics, Physiology, Psychology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre and Statistical Science, with the cross-faculty centre for Computational Statistics and Machine Learning, the forthcoming Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour and also with other UK and overseas universities.

Student / staff ratios › 4 staff › 0 taught students › 16 research students

Department: Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Who can apply?

Application deadlines

This Phd programme lasts for four years, including a first year of intensive instruction in techniques and research in theoretical neuroscience and machine learning. We only admit new students starting in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. All applications for this programme must be made directly to the Gatsby Unit. Please refer to all information on the Gatsby Unit website for how to apply.

For more information see our Applications page.

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