Ph. D. On Campus

Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience and Machine Learning

University College London (UCL)

48 months
27750 GBP/year
5690 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Students at the Gatsby Unit at University College London study toward a PhD in Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience and Machine Learning. You will network extensively with the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre and other UCL experimental groups.


The Gatsby Unit is a world-class centre for theoretical neuroscience and machine learning. The Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit from University College London (UCL) provides a unique opportunity for a critical mass of theoreticians to interact closely with each other and with other world-class research groups across UCL. 

Teaching is supplemented with regular research talks, journal clubs and reading groups, extensive seminar programmes and participation in international conferences. As a student you will have ready access to all members of academic staff, not just your immediate supervisors. 


It is expected that most Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience and Machine Learning students will go on to postdoctoral positions in institutions across the world although some may take up posts in industry as senior research scientists or similar.

Most of our graduates have continued within the Computational Neuroscience and Machine Learning fields. 63% of PhD alumni have secured academic positions in top Institutions such as University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Edinburgh University, MPI for Intelligent Systems, Columbia, Princeton, Caltech, École Normale Supérieure Paris and HHMI Janelia Research Campus.

25% of PhD alumni have gone on to work in organisations including Google DeepMind, Amazon, Facebook, Samsung, Babylon Health, and others. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Systems and Theoretical Neuroscience
  • Probabilistic and Unsupervised Learning
  • Approximate Inference and Learning in Probabilistic Models
  • Advanced Topics in Machine Learning
  • Theoretical Neuroscience
  • Deep Learning and Reinforcement Learning Course

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must have a strong analytical background, a keen interest in neuroscience or machine learning and a relevant first degree at a minimum of upper second-class UK Bachelor's level or an overseas equivalent, for example in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics, Psychology or Statistics.
  • Students seeking to combine work in neuroscience and machine learning are particularly encouraged to apply.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27750 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    5690 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5690 GBP per year during 48 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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