4 Year PhD Program

University College London

Applications are invited for two places on this PhD programme.

The MRC Prion Unit at UCL is one of the world’s leading research centres for the study of prion and other neurodegenerative diseases. Prion diseases are increasingly seen as the key paradigm for neurodegenerative diseases which involve accumulation of misfolded proteins and are associated with “prion-like” seeding mechanisms.

Unit programmes are highly multidisciplinary and have an uncompromising commitment to excellence. They will offer the students a wide experience in the field of prions and neurodegeneration, including genetics, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, structural biology, disease modelling, diagnostics, therapeutics and clinical research.

During the first year, the students will undertake three rotation projects within the laboratories of three Senior Unit Staff. They will also take one MSc module in Neuroscience, plus training in Statistics, Bioinformatics and Programming.

Towards the end of their first year, the students will select a supervisor with whom to undertake a “conventional” three year PhD in years 2-4 of their studies. The rotations will broaden the students understanding of prion biology as well as other neurodegenerative diseases and most importantly enable them to make an informed choice of project and mentor.

We are seeking highly-motivated enthusiastic students who aspire to pursue an academic career.

The Prion Unit will hold an ‘Open Day’ on 3rd November (11-2pm) to provide an opportunity to tour the Unit, discuss research opportunities with Senior Scientific Staff and talk with current PhD students.

All are welcome but please notify Parmjit Jat in advance so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

For further details about the programme, entrance requirements and how to apply, please click here

To apply please send a covering letter and CV to studentapplications@prion.ucl.ac.uk.

Any queries please contact Parmjit Jat (p.jat@prion.ucl.ac.uk).