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Neuroscience PhD

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 4 years
  • Part-time: 8 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT) £Fee available on request from the department (PT)
Overseas:
£21,530 (FT) £Fee available on request from the department (PT)

Application deadlines

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start 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. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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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Research areas

  • Cellular, molecular and structural neuroscience: synaptic transmission and ligand-gated ion channels; transporters; G-protein coupled receptors and signalling pathways; voltage- and calcium-gated ion channels
  • Systems and translational neuroscience: neuronal network behaviour; pain; in vivo patch electrophysiology; optogenetics
  • Intercellular signalling: inflammation; cardiovascular system.

Funding

Across the division there are three Wellcome Trust four-year programmes and one MRC four-year programme; MRC and MRC CASE, BBSRC four-year PhD, BBSRC quota and CASE three- and four-year studentships; NERC; and others.

There may also be funding opportunities through individual research grants and Charity studentships as well as through other programmes such as those offered by CoMPLEX, UCL Excellence studentships, UCL Grand Challenges and UCL IMPACT studentships.

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.

Careers

Recent graduates have taken up research positions in academia, including at UCL; Imperial College London; Oxford University; Queen Mary, University of London; University of California, Los Angeles; Kuwait University; Rockefeller University, New York; or within organisations such as the Max Planck Society, Cancer Research UK and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. Others are employed as senior scientists or medical writers within industry, as teachers or as editors with publishers.

Employability

Postgraduate education at UCL-NPP provides an excellent scientific background accompanied by an impressive set of transferable skills, including analytical, presentation and communication skills. This, together with the outstanding reputation of UCL research in neuroscience and collaborative links with other major academic institutions and companies, provide numerous opportunities for our PhD students to find top science jobs in academia and industry. Additionally, several NPP postgraduates have transferred the excellent skills acquired at UCL-NPP to the fields of consultancy, scientific publishing and teaching.

Networking

PhD students at UCL-NPP take an active role in the department, participating in the seminar series that includes outstanding guests from the UK and abroad. PhD students are encouraged to propose speakers and host events. Additionally, UCL-NPP PhD students organise their own regular meetings and receive departmental support to invite speakers from different fields (academia, industry, consultancy companies, charities, publishers, etc) to give them insight and advice on various career options. They also take part and give presentations at national and international meetings, which in most cases include networking events.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Student / staff ratios › 37 staff › 0 taught students › 76 research students

Department: Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology

Degree reviews

Alumni review

"UCL has been great for networking. At the major conferences I attend each year I meet friends and colleagues even though they might be in different sub-disciplines. I am still in regular contact with many people from UCL who are scattered throughout the world, especially in the USA."

Dr Jaime McCutcheon

Subject: Neuroscience PhD
Student review

"My degree programme (Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD in Neuroscience) has been extremely valuable to me. It is small so we got to know a lot of faculty very well, and the opportunity to try our hands at multiple areas of neuroscience at the highest level has been incredible."

Elizabeth Engl

Subject: Neuroscience PhD

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

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start 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. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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