Sussex Neuroscience 4-Year PhD Programme

University of Sussex

The Sussex Neuroscience 4-year PhD Programme is now inviting applications for September 2018 entry.

Sussex Neuroscience is a thriving community of over 50 neuroscience research groups based on a single campus. Research strengths cover all areas of contemporary neuroscience and are grouped under the following four interdisciplinary themes: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience; Circuits, Systems and Computational Neuroscience; Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience; Translational and Clinical Neuroscience.

The Programme capitalises on the opportunities our research community has to offer, enabling you to broaden your experience and training to become fully integrated into the research network before choosing your PhD project. In Year 1 you complete three laboratory rotations from a choice of over 30 across the different research themes, giving you the chance to explore the approaches and techniques employed by a range of neuroscience disciplines. You also receive further training and knowledge through a selection of taught courses tailored to your background and interests; students may transition to neuroscience from different scientific backgrounds, including physical and biological sciences, psychology and computing. By the end of the first year, you will be in an excellent position to make an informed choice of PhD project, which you will complete over the remaining three years. Professional development support and activities are provided throughout, and the Programme supports opportunities for further training in the UK and abroad.

Our campus is home to both the University of Sussex and the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, encouraging a truly integrated environment for both research faculty and students at all stages of study. The campus is set in beautiful countryside at the edge of the South Downs National Park, and is 10 minutes away from the hugely popular, vibrant seaside city of Brighton.

There are four funded places available, with UK/EU students receiving a stipend equivalent to a UK research council studentship. UK/EU fees and research costs are also covered by the Programme. Students from outside the UK/EU are also encouraged to apply; we can contribute top-up funds for exceptional non-EU students who are able to secure partial external funding. Further details about fees can be found here:

Applications may be made online through our website from 9th October 2017 until the deadline on January 8th 2018, for scholarships commencing in September 2018. You should hold (or be predicted) a 1st class or upper 2nd class BSc degree (or overseas equivalent) in a biological, physical or psychological science discipline.

For full details about the Programme, projects and supervisors please see our website:

Closing date for applications: Monday January 8th 2018.

Interviews for scholarships will be held for shortlisted candidates in late January 2018.

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