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The Sussex Neuroscience 4-Year PhD Programme

The Sussex Neuroscience 4-Year PhD Programme

The Sussex Neuroscience 4-year PhD Programme is now inviting applications for September 2020 entry.

Sussex Neuroscience is a thriving community of over 50 neuroscience research groups based on a single campus. Research strengths cover all areas of contemporary neuroscience and are grouped under the following four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Circuits, Systems and Computational Neuroscience
  • Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Translational and Clinical Neuroscience

The Programme

The Programme capitalises on the opportunities our research community has to offer, enabling you to broaden your experience and training to become fully integrated into the research network before choosing your PhD project.

Year 1

  • You complete three laboratory rotations, with the chance to explore the approaches and techniques employed by different neuroscience disciplines
  • You receive further training and knowledge through a selection of taught courses tailored to your background and interests; students may transition to neuroscience from a range of backgrounds, including biological and physical sciences, psychology and computing.

Years 2-4

By the end of the first year, you will be in an excellent position to make an informed choice of PhD project, which you will complete over the remaining three years. There are over 40 research faculty offering projects across a wide range of neuroscience interests.


Our campus is home to both the University of Sussex and the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, encouraging a truly integrated environment for both research faculty and students at all stages of study. The campus is set in beautiful countryside at the edge of the South Downs National Park, and is 10 minutes away from the hugely popular, vibrant seaside city of Brighton.

How to apply

We are now inviting applications until the closing date on January 6th 2020, for scholarships commencing in September 2020. You should hold (or be predicted) a 1st class or upper 2nd class BSc degree (or overseas equivalent) in a biological, physical or psychological science discipline.

Applications for admission are completed online through the University of Sussex Postgraduate Admissions system.

The Sussex Neuroscience 4-Year PhD Programme

For application instructions, full details about the Programme and supervisors please follow the links on our website:

Our scholarships provide UK/EU students with a stipend equivalent to a UK research council studentship, and cover UK/EU fees and research costs. Non-UK/EU students are also encouraged to apply; we can contribute top-up funds for exceptional non-UK/EU students who are able to secure partial external funding. Further details about overseas fees can be found here:

Additional enquires may be made by email to Dr Ruth Staras ([email protected]), Prof Miguel Maravall ([email protected]), Prof Louise Serpell ([email protected]) or Prof Jamie Ward ([email protected]).

Closing date for applications: Monday January 6th 2020.

Interviews for scholarships will be held for shortlisted candidates in late January 2020.

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