Brain Sciences


Postgraduate research

Supervised by internationally-respected academic staff, we offer a variety of programmes that enable you to undertake substantial, in-depth research and make an original contribution to your field.

We seek to attract outstanding students from around the world. Our research training is often cross-disciplinary to address critical research challenges such as dementia and mental health, allowing students to take full advantage of the range of expertise and facilities distributed within and beyond the Faculty.

We train our students to apply relevant research outcomes to maximise the impact of their research on policy and practice and ensure they understand the importance of research integrity and ethics.

There are three routes into studying for a postgraduate research degree at the Faculty of Brain Sciences (PhD, MDRes, MPhil).

  • Funded studentships
    The Faculty often has funded studentships available - these would be listed on departmental jobs pages and FindAPhD.com.
  • Self-funded PhD programmes with designated structure and projects
    The Faculty have a number of self-funded doctoral programmes where applications are accepted throughout the academic year.
  • Speculative opportunities
    If you can’t find a studentship in a research project that interests you, the best way to find a PhD project is to approach a potential supervisor directly. Exceptional students who meet the entrance requirements are encouraged to be proactive and identify opportunities with UCL academics whose recent research closely matches their interests.

PhDs at our Institutes and Divisions

Find out more about our postgraduate research and doctoral training programmes by visiting our Institutes' and Divisions' websites: