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The Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme for the Ecological Study of the Brain (ECOLOGICAL BRAIN DTP) is an interdisciplinary programme that works towards an integrative science approach that brings together psychology, neuroscience, education, geography, computer science, engineering and architecture to bridge the gap between basic scientific discovery and the application of this knowledge.

We are now inviting applications to study the ECOLOGICAL BRAIN DTP starting on 26/09/2022.

You can apply for:

  • a fully funded 3-year PhD studentship (2 studentships available);
  • a self-/external funded place for a 3- or 4-year PhD programme.

Programme Structure

The programme can be studied as either a 3- or 4-year PhD programme.

3-year programme

Students select a primary and one or more secondary PhD supervisor(s) and write a short project proposal as part of their application to the programme. Students will be based in the home department of their primary supervisor.

Please note that for the 3-year programme you need to have a clear idea on your supervisor and research project and we encourage you to get in touch with prospective supervisors as soon as possible.

A list of potential supervisors is available here and describes the Ecological Brain research carried out in different labs at UCL. Alternatively, you could have a look at possible projects here.

4-year programme (self- / external funded)

The 4-year programme includes a rotation year. This year consists of intense but personalised core training, including; basic scientific training (statistics, programming, neuroanatomy), bespoke training (e.g. different approaches and methodological training in real-world research) and research ethics. In addition to this students will conduct three rotation projects under supervisors from different fields. These projects enable students to develop relationships and collaborations with various supervisors before deciding on a three year PhD project, as well as allowing students to try new areas.

In the second to fourth year, students will follow the 3-year programme as outlined above.


The studentships cover home tuition fees and a living stipend of approx. £17,609 per year (for 2021/2022).

International students can apply for a UCL-ORS to cover the difference between overseas and home tuition fees.


Students must have achieved (or expect to obtain) at least an upper 2:1 in their undergraduate degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Geography or related discipline within the remit of the ECOLOGICAL BRAIN.

How to Apply

Students with all backgrounds and interests related to the ECOLOGICAL BRAIN are highly encouraged to apply. To apply, please follow the instructions on our website.

The interviews for prospective candidates will take place in January 2022.

Please visit our website for more information.

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

Closing date: Wednesday, 10th January, 2022 23:59 BST.


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