UCL Neuroscience offers unrivalled opportunities for PhD research in all aspects of neuroscience. Research projects range across all neuroscience themes, from the molecular biology of neuronal proteins, through cellular neuroscience, to the behaviour of sensory and motor systems, cognitive neuroscience and clinical neuroscience research.
Neuroscience research is carried out in all of the UCL's biomedical departments, by researchers who are among the leaders of their fields, using the most modern techniques to address important problems of basic and clinical neuroscience. Research labs are well funded, so that PhD students have the best chance of getting off to a productive start in their research.
Prospective PhD candidates are encouraged to investigate and informally discuss research opportunities directly with PIs, departments and/or institutes, and explore inter-departmental or cross-faculty research themes (as your area of interest may be represented across more than one department). After you and your prospective supervisor have agreed on a topic of research, you should then submit a formal application.
Students may apply for 3 year PhD places at the same time as applying to 4 year PhD programmes.
There are a number of institutional sources of funding, including:
Increasingly PhD provision at UCL is offered through four-year programmes funded by the Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council or Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Available opportunities include our flagship UCL Neuroscience four year PhD programme:
- Clinical Neurosciences (Brain Research Trust/MRC)
- CoMPLEX - Centre for Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences & Experimental Biology (EPSRC/MRC)
- Developmental and Stem Cell Biology (Wellcome Trust)
- Doctoral Programme of the Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research
- Gatsby Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience programme
- Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MRC)
- London Interdisciplinary Biosciences PhD Consortium (BBSRC)
- MRC Prion Unit
- Neuroscience (Wellcome Trust/MRC)
- Programme in Neurodegeneration for Clinical and Non-clinical Fellows funded by the Wolfson Foundation and Eisai
- Translational Research of Neuromuscular Disease (MRC)
- Mental Health Sciences
- UCL-NIMH Joint Doctoral Training Program in Neuroscience
- UCL-Birkbeck MRC Doctoral Training Partnership
Students may apply to more than one PhD programme at the same time.
UCL Neuroscience makes a major contribution towards training prospective clinical academics from neurological, neurosurgical, paediatric neurological and psychiatric backgrounds plus many other clinical specialties.
In addition, UCL/UCLH run over 30 Academic Clinical Fellowship predoctoral programmes. Interested trainees should contact UCL Neuroscience PIs directly with their CV.
In addition there are organised programmes including: