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Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour

University College London (UCL)

48 months
Duration
27750 GBP/year
5690 GBP/year
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About

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour students at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre (SWC) from University College London (UCL) study toward a PhD in Systems Neuroscience. 

Overview

The four-year Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour programme from University College London (UCL) starts with a semester of coursework followed by up to three laboratory rotations. At the beginning of the second year, students select a PhD project and advisor.

Our students receive a comprehensive introduction to theoretical and systems neuroscience, as well as intensive training in experimental techniques, including imaging, physiology, molecular, and behavioural methods in systems neuroscience.

The Programme is taught by SWC faculty and colleagues at the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit and other affiliates, all experts in their respective fields. Gatsby and SWC students overlap extensively during the Programme, building the foundations for long-lasting collaborations and friendships.

You will work in central London, with the highest concentration of neuroscience research in the world.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The SWC will provide intensive training in experimental techniques, including imaging, physiology, molecular, and behavioural methods in systems neuroscience. First-year students will build their own two-photon microscope, implement a 1,000 channel in vivo recording system, design viral tools for circuit tracing, and develop a closed-loop behaviour assay.

We will provide (together with our colleagues in the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit) a comprehensive introduction to theoretical and systems neuroscience. Gatsby and SWC students will overlap extensively during their first year with the opportunity to maintain these contacts throughout their PhD.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Cellular logic of sensory circuits
  • Circuits for sensory-motor transformation
  • Computation of instinctive decisions
  • Molecular genetics of behaviour
  • Neural circuits for sensory processing and sensory-guided behaviours
  • Neural mechanisms of intelligence
  • Organisation of circuits for cortical information processing
  • Spatial and ethological memory

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

480 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in neuroscience, life sciences or related degrees, including physics, mathematics and computer science. Bachelor’s level or overseas equivalent. Applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in neuroscience.

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.

Funding

SWC students are fully funded and will receive an annual tax-free stipend of £22,278, equivalent to the Wellcome PhD programme.

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