Doctoral programme in Neuroscience - Oxford University

Closing Date
10 Jan 2020
4 years (1 year Msc, 3 years doctorate)

About us

Oxford University is at the forefront of one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century - deciphering how the brain works. For the first time in the history of neuroscience all of the building blocks ranging from tool development and animal models to experimental medicine are sufficiently well developed to permit a real leap forward in our understanding of the brain, from showing how individual neurons acquire their specific properties and assemble into complex interactive circuits, to showing how defects in these circuits lead to neurological and psychiatric illness and perhaps even how brains generate consciousness.

The breadth of research in Neuroscience in Oxford offers unrivalled training opportunities for Postgraduate students. Please explore your particular interests by reading about the major research themes that provide an overview of the range of Neuroscience research. You can also access information about the departments that undertake Neuroscience research.

About the programme

This is a 1+3 year programme. Students take the one year MSc in Neuroscience in the first year and then proceed to a 3 year DPhil in Neuroscience in any area of Neuroscience within the Oxford network of laboratories and approved supervisors. We expect to be able to award up to two studentships for entry in 2020. These studentships offer funding at levels equivalent to most UKRI Doctoral programmes. This is likely to include a stipend and fees (at the home/EU rate only), an annual research allowance and funds for training and attendance at conferences.



The graduate training programme in Neuroscience is very well established. The programme has been running since 1996 and has an excellent record of achievement in terms of the publications and future careers of students who have graduated from the programme. The programme is highly regarded internationally and its alumni are now leading neuroscientists.

The course gives an integrated view of Neuroscience, and provides a wide range of practical skills so that the students can ask questions and tackle problems that transcend the traditional disciplines from which Neuroscience has evolved.  The first year follows the taught MSc course, during which students undertake two extended research projects from a choice of over one hundred offered by the extensive Neurosciences research community in Oxford.  Students also attend the graduate programme lecture series which provides a broad education covering molecular, cellular, systems, computational and cognitive neuroscience. 

After successful completion of the MSc students continue with a 3 year doctoral research project (DPhil). During the third term students decide which laboratory(ies) and supervisor(s) they wish to work with and write a proposal for their three-year doctoral research project. The doctoral project can take place in any area of Neuroscience within the Oxford network of laboratories and approved Supervisors.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Contact Details

For further details on the programmes or specific questions please contact:

Dr Deborah J Clarke, Course Lecturer
Graduate Programme in Neuroscience
Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics
Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3PT