MPhil/PhD in the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

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Information about Research in the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience Research Department

Some recent research includes: investigations on the executive and memory functions of the frontal lobe; crossmodal studies aimed at establishing the neural basis of attention; studies concerning the neural events accompanying ‘implicit’ versus ‘explicit’ retrieval within the same memory test; interdisciplinary studies of ‘free will’ in the awareness of initiation of action; and work on the brain basis of mathematical abilities and reading.

For more information about our Research Department, including a list of members of staff and their research interests, please see You can also listen to a lecture by Prof Sophie Scott: "How does my brain hear your voice?"


General Information about Studying for an MPhil/PhD in our Division

The MPhil/PhD programme commences in late September/early October for full-time students. As a research student in the Division you will find yourself using 'state-of-the-art' techniques in a very active research environment. You will be part of a lively and friendly group of graduates. There is a wide range of technical assistance available when needed, as well as library and computing facilities.

The UCL regulations require that initial registration as a research student is (with rare exceptions) for the MPhil degree. As part of the programme students take a range of courses designed to equip them for research. In particular, they take a selection of research methods courses appropriate for different backgrounds, designed to help them develop key research skills, such as the ability to evaluate critically the literature in an area or to perform advanced statistical analyses.

The full-time PhD typically lasts for 3 years, including the time registered as an MPhil student, and if the thesis is not submitted within this time then students may register as Completing Research Students for 1 additional year. The Division is assessed on how many PhD students finish on time.

A research student works with a staff member who is their principal supervisor, responsible for directing their research training, and a second supervisor. Other staff members, as part of a research group, may be closely involved with their work and students are encouraged to discuss their research widely with anyone having relevant experience. The Division of Psychology and Language Sciences contains expertise on a wide range of topics, so that students usually have little difficulty in finding someone who can give good advice. The Graduate School also offers a range of skills development courses for graduate students. Many full-time research students take some part in departmental teaching by giving tutorials and/or demonstrating in practical classes; payment is made for this work.

Each Research Department has a Graduate Tutor who is in charge of academic and pastoral arrangements for MPhil/PhD students. They can provide advice, support, and if necessary action, if any problems arise with respect to research, supervision or other academic problems.

For information on part-time study for a research degree in the division, click here.


Scholarship Opportunities

The following Research Councils have in the past funded research students in the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience: BBSRC, ESRC, MRC.  For these and general scholarship opportunities for UCL research degree programmes, please select the link below:

Wellcome Trust awards and Demonstratorships may also be available


Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
Postgraduate Tutor Prof Sophie Scott
PhD Administrator Rosalyn Lawrence


Q: What are the fees for the research programmes?

Please go to this link here for more details for fees for 2011-2012/

Further information