UCL Research Domains


Doctoral Degrees


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:

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: