Discover Neuroscience-related postgraduate research degree programmes at UCL.
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.
Three year PhD programmes
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 three year PhD places at the same time as applying to four year PhD programmes.
There are a number of institutional sources of funding, including:
Four year PhD programmes
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:
- Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research Doctoral Programme
- Gatsby PhD in Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience
- Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MRC)
- Leonard Wolfson Training Programme in Neurodegeneration
- London Interdisciplinary Biosciences PhD Consortium (BBSRC)
- MRC Prion Unit
- Optical Biology PhD
- Psychiatry PhD
- SWC Neuroscience PhD Programme
- Translational Research of Neuromuscular Disease (MRC)
- 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.
- Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
- Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
- Medical Research Council
- Wellcome Trust
UCL Neuroscience makes a major contribution towards training prospective clinical academics from neurological, neurosurgical, paediatric neurological and psychiatric backgrounds plus many other clinical specialities.
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: