PhD 3-4 years; MPhil 1-2 years; MD 2 years (full-time) / PhD 5 years; MPhil 2-3 years; MD 3 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
The Neuroscience division pursues a broad range of neurobiological research, spanning from the molecular to the behavioural levels. Research areas include: neuronal development; molecular and cellular neuroscience; neurophysiology; synaptic plasticity, learning and memory; and neurodegeneration and the ageing nervous system. We strive to integrate our research to provide a better understanding of the function of the healthy nervous system and the mechanisms leading to neurological disease states. A primary objective is to translate our knowledge into pharmacological and cell based therapies and improved clinical practice.
The Division is a member of the Cardiff Neuroscience Centre (CNC), which brings together research in neuroscience, psychology and psychiatric genetics and genomics. The Neuroscience Division also hosts the experimental MRI centre (EMRIC) and Brain Repair Group, and is a major participant in the Wellcome Trust 4 year PhD programme in Integrative Neuroscience.
- Neural differentiation of human and mouse stem cells
- Gene regulation in response to physiological stimuli
- Cellular and neuronal network mechanisms of sleep
- Mood stabilizers and the cellular basis of bipolar mood disorder
- Advanced optical techniques for imaging dendritic spines and calcium dynamics
- Ghrelin and the regulation of neuroendocrine processes
- Functional differentiation of adult peripheral sensory neurons
- Intracellular signalling in learning and memory
- Mechanisms of neuronal plasticity in the cerebral cortex
- Neuro-imaging of plasticity and sensory processing
- Plasticity in the developing visual system
- Molecular, cellular and neural processes of long-term and emotional memory
- Cellular, genetic and neuronal network mechanisms of epilepsy
- Ageing in the autonomic nervous system
- Cell based therapies for Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease
- Cellular and molecular mechansims of memory dysfunction in neuropsychiatric disorders
- Developing iPSC-derived neurons as a cell therapy for neuropsychiatric diseases
- BDNF as a therapeutic target in mental disorders
- Pathophysiology of Autism
For details of ongoing projects and collaborations, please visit the web pages of individual Neuroscience Division members.
- Member of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMH RI), bringing together researchers based in the School of Biosciences, School of Medicine and School of Psychology
- Brain Repair Group
- Experimental MRI Centre (EMRIC)
Suitable for graduates in Biological and Related Sciences.
A 1st or Upper 2nd class UK honours degree or equivalent is usually required; MSc/MPhil for PhD Programme.
Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS).
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
Having completed this programme, you will acquire a variety of transferable skills, including leadership, decision-making, co-operating, informing, planning, analysing, IT and numeracy.
Our graduates have gone on to work in a variety of fields. The following list is indicative of the range of specialisms of former students: biochemist, educational psychologist, clinical neuropsychologist, psychiatrist, neurologist, doctor, psychopharmacologist, neuropathologist, neurophysiologist, biotechnologists, patent agent, science writer, academic publisher, clinical trails management, speech therapist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, biostatistician, neural engineer, computational neuroscientist, database management, and management consultancy.
For details on studentships, please visit the fully-funded PhD studentships web pages.
Self-funded PhD projects in Biosciences are also avaialable.
How to Apply
Applications are particularly welcome from applicants with a good 2.1 or higher in biological and related sciences, including anatomy, physiology and pathology, aural and oral sciences, biomedical sciences, biology, chemistry,computer science and informatics, forensic science, genetics, medicine, neuroscience, optometry and vision sciences, mathematics and statistics, pharmacology, psychology, sport sciences and zoology.
A minimum standard in English language of IELTS 6.5 (no sub-score must be below 5.5) or equivalent will be required from students whose first language is not English. No offers will be made until the IELTS score has been submitted with the application. Pre-course English Language tuition is available. Please see our English Language Requirements pages for more details.
Please apply via the Online Application Service. If you are applying for an advertised project, there is no requirement of submitting a research proposal, instead please submit a statement of support.
Note: Students must submit evidence of funding wherever possible, especially when funded by external sponsors.
Further information can be found via the Neuroscience pages of our website.
Next intake: The University has four entry points for research degrees: 1 October, 1 January, 1 April, or 1 July
Name: Ms Beth Beckett
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5243
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 5211