Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme for the Ecological Study of the Brain (Ecological Brain)

University College London

Qualification type: 5 x PhD Studentships

The Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme for the Ecological Study of the Brain (ECOLOGICAL BRAIN DTP) is a truly cross-disciplinary 4-year fully funded PhD programme concerned with studying brain and behavior in the real-world.

We are now inviting applications for five places to study in the ECOLOGICAL BRAIN DTP starting on 1/10/2018.

ECOLOGICAL BRAIN provides training in methodologies and analytical tools for studying brain and behavior in the real-word. Projects are divided in three highly interrelated pathways: (i) basic research; (ii) applied research; (iii) methodology, and we hope to attract students from a variety of academic backgrounds (psychology, anthropology, biology, architecture, engineering, computer science, education and geography).

The structure of the PhD is as follows:

  • Year 1. Tailored training including basic scientific training (statistics, programming, neuroanatomy), bespoke training (e.g., mobile sensing and tracking, designing experiments with VR, app development, applied machine learning) and research ethics and integrity training as well as research mini-projects. At the end of Year 1, students will choose their main PhD project.
  • Years 2-4. Full time research followed standard UCL procedures.


Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a good 2:1 degree (and preferably a Master’s degree) in Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Geography or related discipline within the remit of the ECOLOGICAL BRAIN.


To be eligible for a studentship funding applicants must either be UK or EU nationals.

International students are not eligible for funding, however, we welcome applications from overseas candidates who are either self-funding or in receipt of an alternative funding source.

Applications should be submitted via the University College London Admissions web page . Please note that students do not need to decide on their PhD project/primary supervisors when submitting the application. Students with all backgrounds and interests related to the ECOLOGICAL BRAIN are highly encouraged to apply. The interviews for prospective candidates will take place on the 9th and 10th of April 2018.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

Please visit our website for more information: http://ecologicalbrain.org

For general enquiries, please email us on ecologicalbrain@ucl.ac.uk

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