The UCL Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology (NPP) is a major part of the Division of Biosciences and brings together basic and clinical scientists undertaking world-leading interdisciplinary research of the nervous system.
We were established from two of the oldest Departments of Pharmacology and of Physiology in the UK. In recognition of our international research standards, the Department’s research has consistently attracted the highest ranking from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) at all of the research assessment exercises held to date,with the greatest amount classified as ‘world leading’ in Biological Sciences at the last REF2014.
Our research includes studies at the molecular level of receptors, ion channels and transporters; at the cellular level, it covers most aspects of signaling within and between neurons, and glia; and at the systems level, it includes the function of neuronal networks and their relationships to higher-order cognitive processing.
An equally important part of our mission is the education of undergraduates and postgraduates in neuroscience, physiology, pharmacology and medicine. As such, we organise vibrant teaching programmes including acclaimed BSc and MSci degrees in Pharmacology and Neuroscience.
For postgraduate research, the Department coordinates UCL’s flagship 4-year Wellcome Trust Neuroscience PhD degree, and we also coordinate MRC 4-year PhD programmes in Neuroscience, and in the Mechanisms of Disease.
We are home to the Centre for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Neuroscience; the Centre for Ion Channel Research; Centre for High Throughput Electrophysiology, and are one of the lead Departments for the cross-disciplinary Centre for Computation, Mathematics and Physics in the Life sciences and EXperimental biomedicine (CoMPLEX).
The Head of Department is Professor Trevor G Smart FMedSci.