We aim to understand the structure, function and development of the nervous system and the causes of neurological disorders.


We have an established reputation for collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to research and teaching.

  • 87% of our Biological Sciences research was rated as internationally excellent or higher in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014)
Our areas of expertise

Our research can be described under four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience;
  • Circuits, Systems and Computational Neuroscience;
  • Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience;
  • Translational and Clinical Neuroscience.
Our history

The strength of Neuroscience at Sussex is the legacy of John Maynard Smith, who identified the study of brain and behaviour as a key area when he founded the School of Life Sciences in 1965. JMS believed that divisions between traditional academic subjects were an unnecessary constraint to research. Thus, in 1970, Sussex became the first university in the UK, and perhaps the world, to offer a degree in Neuroscience. Sussex continues in this tradition of innovation and exploration.

Our courses
Who we work with

The University of Sussex has one of the highest densities of neuroscience faculty of any university in the UK, as well as large numbers of research fellows and doctoral students. There are over 50 research groups working on the nervous system, distributed across four Schools on campus: the Schools of Life Sciences, Psychology, Engineering & Informatics, and the Brighton and Sussex Medical School. This community is represented by a oss-School research initiative called "Sussex Neuroscience".

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     Claudio Alonso                                       

Claudio Alonso

Subject Chair 


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