SN PhD Programme: FAQs

If you have a question that is not answered below or on the application instructions, you can contact the Programme Manager, Dr Ruth Staras

1. I am an international student - can I apply?

Unfortunately, our four funded places on the Programme are available to UK students only this year.You count as a UK student if you are:

a UK national who has been living in the UK or EU for the three years prior to starting your course;
an EU national with Settled Status in the UK;
an EU national with Pre-Settled status who has been living in the UK or EU for 3 years prior to starting your course;
a student with Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK;
an Irish National (due to a reciprocal agreement with the UK)
All other students (e.g. EU nationals moving to the UK to start their PhD) will count as Overseas students.

Overseas students interested in self-funding a place on the Programme may apply, and should clearly indicate this in the Funding section of the form. For information on the fee rate please check here:
Please note: we cannot offer a place on the Programme to any student who is not successful at our interview, regardless of any intention to self-fund. If you wish to discuss this further please contact us.

2. I do not have a Master's degree/ I will not complete my Master's degree before the application deadline. Can I still apply?

Yes. A Bachelor's level qualification, as described above, is sufficient to be eligible to apply. Please give us details of any Master's level course you are currently studying in the "additional details" section of your online application.

3. I already have/ I am currently completing an MSc degree in Neuroscience - do I need to do the first year of the Programme?

Yes. The first year of the Programme is designed to be a pre-PhD year, not a Master's year. You will have a broad choice of rotations, training and taught modules that prepare you for moving towards your chosen PhD; repetition of previous learning will be actively avoided. If you feel that you already have the expertise, training and specific research focus required to begin a PhD directly, please consider applying for a standard PhD. It is not possible to join this Programme in Year 2.

4. I have already sent you my CV/application by email; is my application to the Programme being considered?

No. All applications to the 4-Year Programme must be completed through PGApply before the deadline. 

5. I might not be able to travel to the UK in late March 2022 for interviews. Can I still apply?

Yes. If at all possible we hope to be able to run interviews in person, but online interviews will be offered if necessary. If you are shortlisted, we will contact you to discuss this further.

6. English is not my first language and I will not have IELTS results before the deadline - can I still apply?

Yes. We will still consider your application, and may subsequently ask you to take the IELTS test, as appropriate.

7. Can I apply for more than one postgraduate course at Sussex at the same time?

Yes. As competition is high, we encourage you to also apply for other PhD opportunities that you are seriously interested in.

8. Do I need to submit a Research Proposal with my application to the 4-year PhD Programme?

No. We require a personal statement entitled "Why I want to pursue a PhD in neuroscience" but not a research proposal.