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Psychological and Brain Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #94 (WUR) Hanover, NH, United States
The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences from Dartmouth College offers graduate training leading to a doctoral degree in Experimental Psychology or Cognitive Neuroscience. Research within the department is focused on several areas, including systems and behavioral neuroscience, cognitive and computational neuroscience, and social and affective neuroscience.
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Students conduct research in a state-of-the-art facility that includes extensive laboratory space and a research-dedicated MRI machine. Because of its moderate size, the program emphasizes a close working relationship between faculty and students. Annual stipends are provided to all PhD students in good standing and students are not charged tuition or fees. Graduates of the program have been very successful in obtaining academic positions, and the most recent National Research Council survey (2010) found our program ranked 2nd in the country in placing students in academic programs.

Although there is a core curriculum that all students fulfill, the program is flexible. The program is designed to meet individual needs and is usually completed within 4-5 years. 

During the first year students take Proseminar, which is taught by the entire faculty. This seminar explores the diverse areas of psychological and brain sciences represented in the department. First-year students also begin to take a series of Core Courses and conduct supervised research.

Second-year students receive training in statistics, enroll in focused seminars, carry out independent research and complete a Specialist Examination in their area before proceeding to their dissertation research in subsequent years of the program. Students serve as teaching assistants for four terms during their time in the program.

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences from from Dartmouth College maintains close ties and affiliations with a number of other departments and programs, including the Dartmouth Medical School and the Neuroscience Center at Dartmouth. Coursework and research is often conducted in conjunction with these other programs.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
    • Duration description

      The program is designed to meet individual needs and is usually completed within 4-5 years.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Measurement and Statistics I
  •  Pedagogy with Purpose 
  • Computational Neuroscience: Brain Engineering 
  • Seminar in Special Topics: The Social Brain Hypothesis
  • Seminar in Special Topics: Computational Models of Cognition
  • Systems/Behavioral Neuroscience

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

Applicants must submit the following materials for completion of the application:

  • A completed application form, including a concise statement of previous research experience and of research interests.
  • An official copy of college transcripts from previous academic institutions.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons having knowledge of the training and experience of the applicant. These letters should be uploaded via the link above.  Instructions are available on the page after you sign in.
  • A nonrefundable application fee of $25.

Note that the GRE is no longer required for admission to the program.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    71328 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 71328 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    71328 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 71328 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Hanover

  • 1371 - 2480 USD/month
    Living Costs

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