Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience


Entry Requirements & Funding

Check what are the entry requirements for a PhD degree at the ICN and learn about different funding opportunities.

If you want to undertake a PhD degree at the ICN, there are a few things that you need to think about. Normally you need a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or a taught UK Master’s degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. Overseas applicants also need to satisfy the English language requirements.

Closing date for applications: 8 January 2021. (NB applications after this date are possible, however they cannot be considered for the funding opportunities that we offer).


Being offered a place at the ICN does not guarantee funding. You should discuss relevant options with your supervisor. Funding may be obtained by application through the ICN or by applying directly to funding schemes outside the ICN.

Apply Through ICN

The ICN is a central part of UCL Neuroscience, so we are able to offer a range of potential PhD funding opportunities (see below). Some are associated with specific divisions and research departments, while others are broader-based programmes of study. Please check with your potential supervisor which sources of funding you may be eligible for.

    Occasionally, Group Leaders may have positions available as part of a grant they hold, or through specific studentship awards direct to them (e.g. industrial collaborations). You should check with your potential supervisor whether any such positions are available.

    Don't have a Masters degree?

    It is possible to be accepted onto a PhD programme even without a Masters degree. A potential supervisor may decide to accept you directly onto a programme if you are able to demonstrate a sufficient level of knowledge and skills.

    Alternatively, you may apply for a "1+3" programme, in which you complete a masters degree before moving directly into the PhD programme. Each programme requires different levels of pre-planning, and students are encouraged to think about potential supervisors for the PhD component, which starts in the second year, before starting out. These programs are particularly useful for students who are moving into Psychology-related research from other fields, and those who do not have substantial previous research experience. Please consult the funding bodies listed on this page and elsewhere to see if a 1+3 programme is available.

    Funding Schemes Outside the ICN

    Other sources of funding you may wish to consider. Applicants must apply for these independent of the ICN application procedure. These schemes have their own requirements and deadlines, please visit the links below for relevant information.

    The following programmes and scholarships accept applications from international students and pay fees at the international level:

    Please contact the Postgraduate Tutors at the ICN, Dr Sam Gilbert and Professor Antonia Hamilton if you require any further information.