UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


Postgraduate research degrees

The Queen Square Institute of Neurology is one of the world's largest, most productive and highest-impact neuroscience centres, with access to a patient population of over six million.

Our research spans the whole spectrum of basic and clinical research into neurological disorders, and we have extensive collaborations with both the UCL Neuroscience Domain and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

We offer full time and part time MPhil/PhD study (usually three years/five years). Find details of one-off funded MPhil/PhD projects on our Vacancies page.


Further info and how to apply

Entry requirements

For MPhil/PhD we require a UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, awarded with first or upper second-class honours, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a university or educational institution of university rank, or a recognised taught Master’s degree. 

To be admitted onto this course you must provide recent evidence that your spoken and written command of the English language is at the required level. You must achieve at least a standard level of proficiency on the IELTS English language test or an acceptable equivalent. For more information please visit the UCL English language requirement pages.

How to apply

If you are a current student you can find information relating to studying for an MPhil/PhD on our Moodle page.

For the majority of PhD programmes, you will need to have a research topic, supervisor and funding confirmed before submitting an application. Take a look at our list of principal investigators to find out about their research fields and contact them directly regarding PhD positions that they offer. For more information see UCL's guide for applying for a research programme

We advise that you apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Monitoring and assessment

You will have five formal thesis committee meetings spread out over the duration of your research degree. You will also have access to a wide range of training courses offered by UCL's graduate school and your department, as well as being encouraged to attend conferences and external meetings.

Transfer from MPhil to PhD: this takes between months 12-18 for full time students, and between months 18 and 42 for part time students.

Graduate tutors

Each of our research departments has its own research departmental tutor (who is available for pastoral as well as scientific support) who reports to the departmental graduate tutor (who is there for pastoral as well as scientific support) at formal committee meetings four times a year.

Application deadlines

The Queen Square Institute of Neurolgy accepts new PhD students at three points throughout the academic year.

For the 2022/23 academic year, the entry points are as follows:

26 September 2022

Application deadline: 30 June 2022

1 February 2023 

Application deadline: 30 October 2022

1 May 2023

Application deadline: 30 January 2023

Why do a PhD?

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Meet the researcher

Professor Giampietro Shiavo discusses the Molecular NeuroPathobiology Laboratory

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Dr Mark Cooper discusses his research into Parkinson's disease

Student testimonials

Fahm Deen, PhD, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology

"UCL Brain Sciences consists of internationally renowned scientists who contribute to ground-breaking discoveries and offers world-class facilities not found under one hood elsewhere in the world."

Claudia Cannavo
Claudia Cannavo, PhD student, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology

"I deeply appreciate the meritocracy and transparency that characterise learning and research at UCL and, more generally, in the UK."