Research in Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience Research Department:
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (ICN) is an interdisciplinary
cross-departmental research department within the Division of Psychology and
Language Sciences (PaLS) in UCL’s Faculty of Brain Sciences. Researchers at the
ICN are drawn from many different research departments. ICN is also a central part of UCL
Neuroscience , which facilitates a wide range
of potential PhD opportunities.
Information about Studying for an MPhil/PhD in our Division:
PhD commences in late September/early October and runs usually for three years
(full-time students) or for five to seven years (part-time students).
all students initially register for an MPhil degree, in order to progress to
their registration for a PhD degree, they must pass an upgrade
examination. This takes place towards
the end of the first term of the second year of study for three-year PhDs.
the first year of a PhD the student will be expected to engage in certain MSc
modules and research methods courses to enable the development of necessary skills
(for example, practice in analysis of statistical data, computer programming and
critical literature evaluation).
ICN PhD students are funded through four-year programmes, whereby the first
year is spent on rotation in three labs of the student’s choice. This enables the student to get a flavour of
the research carried out in different departments and also broadens his/her
choices. The second year of study is
therefore effectively the first year of the PhD proper, and the upgrade takes
place at the beginning of the third year. Links to some four-year programmes from which students have come to the
ICN in previous years can be found here:
application process for these programmes differs from a standard PhD, and
details can be found on the relevant four-year programme websites.
Cognitive Neuroscience Careers
students who complete an ICN PhD stay in academia, either going on to become
postdoctoral researchers or research assistants, and usually progressing to
lectureships. Some go on to further training in fields such as clinical
psychology, educational psychology, consultancy or applied research. A PhD
degree taken at the ICN is recognised both nationally and internationally as a
qualification of the highest status. ICN
is a much sought-after institution because PhD students and early postdoctoral
researchers find that there is a wealth of advice and counselling available to
them from highly experienced senior academics. Many ICN PhD students and those taking up early career postdoctoral
positions have progressed to exciting opportunities in positions both within
academia and also outside it (for example in private industry and in the media,
notably in the field of public engagement with science).