Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour



**Applications are now closed**

We will be in touch with successful applicants for the Isogai and Murray studentships in the next few weeks.

We will provide intensive training in experimental techniques, including imaging, physiology, molecular, and behavioural methods. First-year students will build their own two-photon microscope, implement a 1,000 channel in vivo recording system, design viral tools for circuit tracing, and develop a closed-loop behaviour assay.

2016 PhD students

We will provide (together with our Gatsby colleagues) a comprehensive introduction to theoretical and systems neuroscience. The Gatsby and SWC students will overlap extensively during their first year and will be encouraged to maintain these contacts throughout their PhD.

You will live and work in central London, the highest concentration of neuroscience research in the world. The SWC PhD is your opportunity to receive world-class training as a neuroscientist and launch a career in academia or industry.


The SWC PhD is a four-year programme.  The first year includes a semester of coursework and three laboratory rotations.  A PhD project and advisor is selected at the beginning of the second year.  PhD students recruited to specific labs will work exclusively in their assigned laboratory for the duration of their PhD study.

SWC students are fully funded and will receive a stipend of £22,278, which is equivalent to the Wellcome PhD programme.

View the preliminary overview of the programme; detailed syllabi for the Systems, Theoretical, and Experimental courses can be viewed on SWC PhD Programme website.


Applications have now closed for September 2017 intake.

Please prepare a CV (including college transcripts and, if available, GRE scores), the email contact information for two referees, as well a short statement of interest (1,000 word limit) on your motivation for studying neuroscience at the SWC.

Application materials should be sent to: SWC-PhDprogramme@ucl.ac.uk

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Entry requirements:
Undergraduate degree in Neuroscience, Life Sciences or related degrees including physics, maths and computer science.