Ph.D. On Campus

Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging

University of York

36 months
23900 GBP/year
4650 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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As an internationally renowned research department we have a vibrant community of research postgraduates. The Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging programme is offered by University of York.


We offer full-time and part-time research degrees leading to MPhil and PhD qualifications in all areas of research covered by members of faculty. In Psychology, we offer a PhD in Psychology and a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. In addition to the core programme, we also offer a PhD in Psycholinguistics jointly with Education and Language and Linguistic Sciences. In collaboration with CITY College University of York Europe Campus, we offer a York-CITY Collaborative PhD in Psychology with PhD students based at CITY College, Thessaloniki, Greece.

University of York provides a stimulating yet supportive atmosphere, combined with access to superb research facilities. Our research postgraduates work closely with leading researchers in their chosen field and their projects are often published in top international journals.

Our philosophy

We regard a research degree as an apprenticeship, providing training in the knowledge and skills required to be an independent researcher. You will specialise in a relatively narrow subject area and conduct novel research to advance our knowledge of that area, meaning that by the end of your degree you are an expert in your topic. Whilst you will acquire in-depth knowledge and a specialised skill set through conducting exciting research projects alongside your supervisors, you will also receive broader training in research skills and psychological knowledge, that are widely applicable to both academic and non academic settings.

Programme Structure

  • PhD and MPhil degrees both involve conducting research under the supervision of a member of staff and submitting the results in a thesis.
  • PhD students study for three years (six years part-time), while an MPhil degree takes two years (four years part-time) and thus requires a smaller quantity of research to be completed.
  • Applicants are expected to choose between our two PhD programmes based on their research interests: those who plan to conduct research at the York Neuroimaging Centre, or to complete research in cognitive neuroscience are advised to apply for the PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, whilst those with research interests in all other areas are advised to apply for the PhD in Psychology.
  • Potential supervisors can also give advice on the most suitable programme for individual applicants.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

In most cases, applications can be submitted year-round. However, we recommend that you apply as early as possible as some areas are particularly competitive.


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The first step in applying is to establish if there is a member of faculty with research interests that overlap with yours who could offer you supervision. 
  • We offer supervision in a wide number of areas of Psychological research, but please look at the research and faculty webpages to see the research interests of individual faculty members. 
  • Please note that emeritus faculty cannot offer primary supervision. Once you have identified a potential supervisor, please email them to discuss your application and proposed area of research. We expect applicants to formulate a research proposal as part of the application in partnership with their potential supervisor (see more details below). Please do not apply to our department if there is nobody here who is appropriate to supervise work in the area you wish to pursue.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23900 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4650 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • UK Part-time: £2,325
  • International/EU Part-time: £11,950

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 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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