Neuroscience PhD

 
  

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Qualification
Neuroscience PhD
Duration
3-4 years full-time
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject
IELTS
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
Please contact the school
Campus
University Park/Medical School
School/department
Other requirements

Research overview

The neuroscience research community in the School of Life Sciences covers a range of topics and techniques, providing a vibrant research environment with opportunities to study a variety of research projects. Academic supervisors are working at all levels of analysis from molecular signalling, through cellular and systems neuroscience, to animal behaviour. Key areas of investigation include neuronal development, synaptic transmission, pain and nociception, stroke, neurodegeneration, neuropharmacology, neuroendocrine signalling, and glial cell physiology. 

An interdisciplinary approach to neuroscience research is a key strength of the school, with long standing collaborations with colleagues in psychology, mathematical sciences and engineering. The Neuroscience@Nottingham network holds regular events to promote collaboration and opportunities for PhD students to present their work, and network with colleagues in Nottingham and beyond.   

 

Facilities

We have world-class facilities for in vivo electrophysiology and behavioural research, and state of the art equipment for molecular and cellular imaging, microfluidics, and cell culture methods. The school hosts several centres of excellence including the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre, the Centre of Membrane Proteins and Receptors (COMPARE), and the Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments (FRAME) laboratories.  

 

Research support

In addition to (at least) two academic supervisors and their teams, research support is provided through different technology platforms driven by highly skilled research technicians across the school. The Postgraduate Research Committee actively support training and development of students and ensure they develop into adept, well rounded and independent neuroscience researchers.

The Faculty Graduate Centre is open exclusively to postgraduate and research scientists, providing an informal environment to meet other students. A wide range of help and support for both postgraduates and research scientists, particularly in career development, is available. Furthermore, a number of University support services exist to assist postgraduate students during their time at Nottingham and beyond. The Postgraduate Students' Association (PGSA) is also a particularly important source of support. 

 

Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. Visit our research projects page to find a supervisor whose expertise match your own research interests.
 

Funding

UK/EU students

UK/European research postgraduates are funded by BBSRC, MRC, NERC, EPSRC, the European Union, The Lawes Trust and The University of Nottingham Scholarship Funds. The University Graduate School operates two schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research. The Graduate School Travel Prize and Universitas21 funding. For prospective students the University has introduced a new funding database. The Graduate School also holds a list of other sources of funding. Studentship opportunities are also available.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

Our PhD students are highly employable and find many opportunities both within academic research and the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Training in transferable skills means that graduates are not limited to pure science careers and some students go to find opportunities in the technology industries, education, commerce, scientific writing and patent law.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 92.6% of postgraduates from the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £26,847 with the highest being £70,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

 

 
 
 
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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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