4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018
We aim to understand the nervous system and various neurological disorders. You’ll be guided and supervised through your research project by experts in fields such as:
- the senses
- synaptic physiology
- the molecular and cellular mechanisms of learning and memory.
You’ll be based in the newly refurbished Neuroscience Centre, using a range of techniques from molecular biology to electrophysiology and multiphoton microscopy.
Areas of study
PhD or MPhil?
You can choose to study for a PhD or an MPhil. PhD and MPhil degrees differ in the length of the course and therefore in the extent of the research work you can undertake and incorporate in your thesis.
- An MPhil typically takes three years full time and four years part time. You’ll conduct an independent piece of research but in less depth than for a PhD. You will graduate with the degree title Master of Philosophy.
- A PhD typically takes four years full time and six years part time. You will undertake a piece of research that makes a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding in your chosen field.
If you choose an MPhil, you might be able to change to a PhD during the course of your studies.
How to apply
If you’d like to join us as a research student, there are two main routes:
- browse scholarships and funded projects in this subject area
- find a potential supervisor and propose your own research project.
Full-time and part-time study
Choose to work on your research full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. For details about part-time study, contact us at email@example.com
Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.
- Faculty profiles
Prof Claudio Alonso
Professor of Developmental Neurobiology
Research interests: Drosophila, Gene regulation, Hox genes
Dr Majid Hafezparast
Reader in Human/Mammalian Molecular Genetics
Research interests: Aging, Axonal transport, Human Molecular Genetics, Intracellular signalling, Motor neuron disease, Mouse genetics, Neurodegeneration, Neurodegenerative disease
Prof George Kemenes
Professor of Neuroscience
Research interests: Adenylate cyclase, Amyloids, Computational Neuroscience, Cyclic AMP, Electrophysiology, Histones, Intrinsic plasticity, Ion channels, Learning, Memory, Memory dysfunction, microRNA, Neurodegeneration, Protein kinase, Synaptic plasticity, Systems neuroscience, Transcription factors
Dr Ildiko Kemenes
Reader in Neuroscience
Research interests: Animal behaviour, Electrophysiology, Invertebrates, learning and memory, Memory
Dr Sergei Korneev
Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience
Research interests: Memory
Prof Corne Kros
Professor of Neuroscience
Research interests: Hearing
Prof Leon Lagnado
Professor Of Neuroscience 'Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder'
Research interests: Vision
Dr Jeremy Niven
Senior Lecturer in Zoology
Research interests: Animal behaviour, Behaviour and Energy Efficiency, Behavioural choice, Behavioural Neuroscience, Computational Neuroscience, Evolutionary biology, neuroethology, Sensor Integration, Sensory receptors, Systems neuroscience
Prof Michael O'Shea
Research interests: Invertebrates
Dr Andrew Penn
Research interests: Neuroscience, Neurotransmitter receptors, slice electrophysiology
Prof Guy Richardson
Professor of Neuroscience 'Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder'
Research interests: Deafness, Hearing
Dr Pascale Schellenberger
Electron Microscopy Academic Research Manager
Prof Kevin Staras
Professor Of Neuroscience
Research interests: Alzheimer's Disease, Computational Neuroscience, Drug discovery, Ion channels, Memory, Neurodegeneration, Neurodegenerative disease, Structural biology, Synapses
A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in a subject relevant to your chosen area of research.
If you are a non-EEA or Swiss national you must obtain clearance by the UK Government Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for this degree. Please ensure you allow sufficient time for your University application to be processed in time for you to apply for ATAS clearance (and a Tier 4 Student Visa if appropriate). Find out more about ATAS.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.
English language support
Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.
Additional information for international students
We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.
Visas and immigration
Scholarships and fees
How can I fund my course?
Postgraduate Masters Loan
MPhil students might be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.
Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.
We advertise around 2,500 part-time jobs a year so you can make money and gain work experience. We have a special scheme to employ students on campus, wherever possible.
How much does it cost?
Fees for self-funding students
Home: £4,195 per year
EU: £4,195 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £9,250 per year
Overseas: £18,750 per year
Our fees follow the indicative fee level set nationally by Research Council UK and may be subject to change.