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The UCL Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology (NPP) is a major part of the Division of Biosciences in the Faculty of Life Sciences (FLS).  NPP brings together scientists undertaking world-leading interdisciplinary research into the nervous system, from molecules and synapses to circuits and behaviour.

In all assessments to date our research has been consistently ranked at the very top of that in the UK, with the largest number of researchers classified as ‘world-leading’ in Biological Sciences during REF2014. Our research spans molecular, cellular and systems levels – from studies of receptors, ion channels and transporters, through investigation of signalling within and between neurons and glia, to functional analysis of neuronal networks and their relationships to the generation of behaviour.

An 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 BSc and MSci degrees in Pharmacology and Neuroscience. At the postgraduate level, we run the flagship Wellcome Trust 4-year Neuroscience PhD programme, coordinate MRC 4-year PhD programmes in Neuroscience, and in the Mechanisms of Disease, and are a lead Department for the cross-disciplinary Centre for Computation, Mathematics and Physics in the Life sciences and EXperimental biomedicine (CoMPLEX).

The Head of Department, Professor Trevor G Smart FMedSci.