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MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, Ph.D.

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University rank #33 (QS) London, United Kingdom
The human brain is by far the most complex structure on Earth. Consider that it contains a thousand billion neurons, of a thousand or more different, individual types, and that each neuron is wired up to as many as five hundred other neurons; this allows the possibility for a really vast number of alternative wiring configurations.

Overview

Yet the elaborate pattern of connectional networks between neurons that constitutes the machinery for sensation, movement, emotion and thought, is remarkably similar between individuals. Indeed, the basic plan of the brain - the layout of its command and control centres and all but the smallest details of its wiring diagram - appears to be virtually identical between individual humans and recognisably similar between human and mouse.

Furthermore, this 'ground plan' of the brain is genetically determined, or 'hard wired', leaving only the fine details of network construction to be influenced by the electrical activity of circuits and environmental experience. Such is the complexity of the brain's construction, however, that neurobiologists are still far from a complete structural and functional understanding of its basic operations, such as those we have in common with chickens and mice, let alone even beginning to understand the nature of the higher functions - such as thought and consciousness - of which possibly only the human brain is capable.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

It is our goal to further the understanding of this structure through our current research programmes, which are:

  • Building brains: animal models and tissue engineering
  • Assembly and Plasticity of Neural Circuits
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Course study environment
  • Students work alongside staff researchers, are supervised by two members of academic staff and overseen by a divisional research co-ordinator. Students' progress is monitored closely and reported on every six months.
Postgraduate training
  • All students are regularly notified about skills development opportunities through a monthly newsletter. Participation in the annual Research Showcase, co-ordinated by the School, is compulsory for all students and provides an opportunity to improve science communication and presentation skills.

Lecturers

Staff interests associated with the research programme and its research groups

  • Adrian Pini
  • Andrew Lumsden
  • Anthony Graham
  • Camilla Larsen
  • Caroline Formstone
  • Clemens Kiecker
  • Corinne Houart
  • Darren Williams
  • David Chambers
  • Eric Blanc
  • Esther Bell
  • Guy Tear
  • Ian Thompson
  • Ivo Lieberam
  • Ivor Mason
  • Jon Clarke
  • Juan Burrone
  • Manolis Fanto
  • Martin Meyer
  • Matthew Grubb
  • Uwe Drescher

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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    92

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours, or a postgraduate degree in Molecular or Cellular Biology, with some previous experience of developmental and/or neurobiology. The successful candidates will be of the calibre expected of MRC and Wellcome Research students.
  • A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters degree with Merit.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23000 GBP/year
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  • National

    5700 GBP/year
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
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Funding

Medical Research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, EU, pharmaceutical industry and charitable foundations including Wellcome Trust, Research Into Ageing and Anatomical Society.

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