PhD in Integrative Neuroscience

Applications for the 4 year PHD programme, supported by the Wellcome Trust, for October 2015 intake will open from October 2014 and the deadline for submissions is Monday 5th January 2015.


UK and EU students fully paid, non-EU students extra fees apply.


£19,919 per annum (tax-free) subject to review.

Places available

Five per year.

Entry requirements

First or Upper Second Class in a relevant area (e.g. neuroscience, psychology, anatomy, physiology, natural sciences). This is a training doctorate, previous research experience is not essential.

Why study Neuroscience at Cardiff?

We offer an exceptional research environment with world class facilities for all areas of neuroscience. The breadth and depth of our expertise ranges from the phenotypic analysis of single gene mutations to the characterization of gene-environment interplay in psychiatric and neurological, and from imaging intracellular calcium in single dendritic spines to combined EEG and fMRI during attentional tasks in humans.

Our neuroscience researchers are among the international leaders in their respective fields. Indeed, the 2008 Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology has been awarded to Prof. Martin Evans of the School of Bioscience for his pioneering work on stem cells. Research labs are equipped with the most up-to-date facilities to address key questions of basic and clinical Neuroscience. All neuroscientists have substantial financial support that has been won in peer-reviewed competitions. Thus, PhD students have a great opportunity to join neuroscience research that is of the highest international standard that is likely to result in publication in top neuroscience journals.

Why a Neuroscience PhD as a 4-year programme?

Our 4 year programme provides a broader and more in-depth practical and theoretical grounding in neuroscience than conventional 3 year programmes.

Early in Year 1 you will receive formal lectures in research design, statistics, lab safety, animal welfare and ethical standards, and attend a series of specialized lecture courses in behavioural, cellular, molecular, genetic and system neuroscience. In the second part of Year 1, you will experience three 11-week laboratory rotations in internationally renowned labs of your choice. During the lab rotations, you will carry out research, gain knowledge of the questions addressed by the lab, and acquire direct experience of the relevant techniques. Lab rotations help you to reach an informed choice of the neuroscience area and supervisor you will choose for your full PhD project during Years 2 to 4.

Throughout all the years you and your colleagues will participate in weekly seminars and presentations at journal clubs. The programme is designed to ensure an excellent PhD experience and an outstanding future.

Student welfare and progress

On enrolment you will be assigned a Personal Tutor, Director of the 4-Year PhD Programme, who will follow you throughout the four years of the course providing both academic advice and overseeing your general welfare. You will also be assigned the School of Biosciences as your 'Home Department'. In Years 2-4 the student 'Home Department' will be that of your project supervisor.

Your progress will be monitored by a dedicated committee that will include the Programme Director, the Programme Deputy Director, The Director of Postgraduate Studies of the chosen School and the Personal Tutor. You will be part of a larger neuroscience community of academic researchers, postdocs and other neuroscience PhD students. Career advice will be provided at the start of Year 4 to ensure proper progress to a suitable postdoc employment.

For further information, please contact:

Miss Catherine