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Neurology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students in Cambridge

We have 18 Neurology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students in Cambridge

As a PhD student in Neurology, your research can range from basic clinical research to neurological disorders. You might be researching on different, but related aspects of the functions of the nervous system.

What’s it like to study a PhD in Neurology?

Neurology deals with all the aspects of the structure and function of the nervous system and you can choose to carry out your research in one of the many specialised fields of study like cognitive neurology or computational neurology.

Some popular Neurology research topics are:

  • Neuroimaging
  • Brain repair and rehabilitation
  • Clinical and experimental epilepsy
  • Neurodegenerative disease
  • Neuroinflammation
  • Dementia

You can be sure that your research will be supported by cutting edge technology which will allow you to work at leading neurology departments and institutes once you graduate.

A PhD in Neurology can be 3-4 years long during which time you’ll be required to produce a piece of unique research in the form of a final thesis. You will also have to sit for an oral viva examination during which you’ll defend your research.

In the UK, you’ll usually find that PhDs in Neurology are advertised with a research aim attached. This is the case for most STEM subjects. You can, in some cases, also propose your own research project but we highly recommend that you speak with a potential supervisor about the scope of your research before you make a formal application.

You might also be asked to enrol into an MPhil to begin with. You can upgrade to a PhD after your first year if your work meets certain standards. Whether you are eligible to upgrade to a PhD will be decided by your supervisor.

Some PhDs in Neurology also call for laboratory rotations and training modules that are designed to provide you with the skills to excel at your research. You might be asked to take these classes in the first year of your study.

Entry requirements

In most cases, a PhD in Neurology requires applicants to have an Upper-Second Class Bachelors degree in a relevant biological or medical subject. There may be some other specific subject-related entry requirements if you’re applying to one of the many specialities within Neurology.

You might also be asked to show proficiency in the university’s official language, depending on where you’re applying to.

PhD in Neurology funding options

In the UK, Neurology PhDs are funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC). They offer fully funded studentships along with a monthly stipend. Usually, PhDs are advertised with funding attached and guaranteed if you’re successful in your application. If you’re proposing your own PhD, you’ll need to be accepted into a university and then apply for funding separately.

PhD in Neurology careers

A PhD in Neurology will equip you for a job in at pharmaceuticals, governments and public health organisations. If you would wish to continue your research, you could think of a future as a postdoctoral research fellow or in academia, as a lecturer.

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Tissue-Specific Vulnerability to Mitochondrial Disease

Mitochondrial diseases are caused by defects in genes required for energy production and oxidative phosphorylation (OxPhos). We find it intriguing that some patients with mitochondrial disease present late in life, with very tissue-specific phenotypes. Read more

Preclinical Development of Corticotroph Releasing Factor-1 (CRF1) Receptor PET Radioligands to Detect ACTH Producing Pituitary Adenomas

Pituitary adenomas are benign tumours which are challenging to detect and localise with conventional imaging methods. Positron Emission Tomography (PET) with amino acid transport tracers is being utilised to improve lesion detection and characterisation. Read more

Metabolic Control of Microglia Regulating Neuronal Functions

Background. Chronic, low grade, inflammation plays a critical role in inflammatory and degenerative central nervous system (CNS) disorders characterised by an irreversible decline of cognitive functions. Read more

Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

(co-supervised with Professor Peter Hutchinson). Although mild Traumatic Brain Injury (concussion) is the commonest form of brain injury, patient pathways are poorly defined, and patients sometimes lack the support required to deal with post-traumatic symptoms. Read more

Investigating gut-immune interactions in Parkinson’s disease

It is now well established that both gastrointestinal dysfunction and immune activation occur in early Parkinson’s disease, and emerging evidence indicates that these processes are linked to faster disease progression. Read more

Identifying Novel Genes and Developing Treatments for Children with Inherited Neuromuscular Diseases

Inherited neuromuscular disorders are disabling, progressive, often fatal conditions, representing an enormous unmet medical need with devastating impacts on affected families, the healthcare system, and the economy. Read more

Functional MRI Imaging in Traumatic Brain Injury

CENTER-TBI is a large European project that aims to improve the care for patients with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The work undertaken in Cambridge will examine the role of MRI in routine TBI imaging and this project will focus on the role of resting state functional MRI in TBI imaging. Read more

Exploring Disease Mechanism in Cerebral Small Vessel Disease Ultrahigh Resolution using 7T MRI

Cerebral small vessel disease (SVD), is a major cause of both stroke and vascular dementia. It describes a process where the small arteries and arterioles in the brain become abnormal, and this leads to both acute and chronic ischaemic damage in the brain. Read more

Development of PET Radiotracers of AMPA

Our aim is to develop novel Positron Emission Tomography (PET) radiotracers for imaging the brain. PET is a non-invasive molecular imaging technique which enables visualization and quantification of various biological targets in vivo (e.g., receptor, enzyme). Read more

Assessing the Disease Severity in CADASIL using Patients iPSC-derived Models of the Neurovascular Unit

CADASIL is a hereditary cerebral small vessel disease caused by mutations in the NOTCH3 gene. Small vessel diseases affect the small penetrating arteries and brain capillaries and patients often suffer of migraine, ischaemic stroke, and cognitive decline. Read more

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