Sussex Neuroscience


Are you interested in finding things out for yourself? Do you want to be involved in cutting-edge research?

If the answer to these questions is yes and you have the commitment to do research leading to a PhD, start by looking at the work of the groups in the different research themes.  If you find groups that are working on the types of question that might interest you, we encourage you to make contact with the Group Leaders with any questions that you might have, and to establish whether there may be a suitable project, before making a formal application. You will find their contact details on their research webpages.

Please note that for a standard PhD you will enter directly into a particular lab; this is NOT the same as the 4-Year PhD Programme. To apply to the 4-Year PhD Programme, please see the 4-Year PhD page for more details.

PhD studentships currently advertised across Sussex Neuroscience:

Dr Andrew Penn: Regulation of glutamate receptors during synaptic plasticity. Deadline: December 10, 2017.

Dr. Chris Buckley and Prof. Leon Lagnado: Distributed neural processing of self-generated visual input in a vertebrate brain.  This project will investigate the neural circuits involved in the interactions between the sensory and motor systems using light-sheet microscopy to image neural activity across the brain of live zebrafish behaving in virtual reality environments. It involves computational modelling and “big-data” analysis as well as experiments and thus would particularly suit students with a background in the physical or computational sciences. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  For more information and application instructions, visit the Buckley project page.

You are welcome to submit applications to more than one course.

How to apply for a standard PhD

If you are applying to an advertised studentship, please follow the instructions on the relevant advert (links to advertised studentships will appear above when they become available).

For general information about PhD availability, please note whether the Group Leader you want to do a PhD project with belongs to a School within the University of Sussex (Life Sciences, Psychology or Informatics), or to the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS).

University of Sussex: For general information about PhD availability we recommend that you contact the supervisor first by email.

Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS): Applications are made through the University of Brighton. Please see the Postgraduate Research Degrees page for general information, and follow the "Applying" link to make your application.

Please note that for standard PhDs there are three possible entry points per year, in January, May and September (University of Sussex) or January, May and October (Brighton and Sussex Medical School). However, funded studentships are likely to have specific deadlines and start dates.