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:
- Brain repair and rehabilitation
- Clinical and experimental epilepsy
- Neurodegenerative disease
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.