Neuroscience PhD

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Neuroscience PhD
3-4 years full-time
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
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University Park/Medical School
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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.   



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.

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. 

Graduate School

The Graduate School supports all postgraduates and early career researchers at the University of Nottingham. 

We offer dedicated facilities, resources and development opportunities including training courses, seminars, paid placements, travel and mobility awards and public engagement opportunities. Researchers in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences also have access to a dedicated training programme delivered by academics and researchers from the faculty or by researcher development professionals from the Graduate School and other professional services. It provides a broad and comprehensive range of research training courses, in line with the requirements set out by the UK Research Councils.

Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Centre

The Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Centre is a hub for postgraduate and research only staff networking and aims to promote a sense of community and enhance the research environment.

Facilities include:

  • study and social space 
  • networked computers
  • a bookable seminar room
  • kitchen facilities
  • a programme of social events



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.

Fees and 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.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.



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 2017, 94.9% 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 £21,400 with the highest being £40,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates, 2016/17. 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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