Sussex Neuroscience 4-year PhD Studentship

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Sussex Neuroscience

The Sussex Neuroscience 4-year PhD Programme is now inviting applications for September 2021 entry.

Sussex Neuroscience is a thriving community of over 50 neuroscience research groups based on a single campus. Research strengths cover all major areas and technical approaches in contemporary neuroscience. Some of our largest interdisciplinary themes are:

Sensory neuroscience

Neural circuits of behaviour

Learning and memory

Clinical and translational neuroscience

Computational neuroscience and AI

The Programme

The Programme capitalises on the opportunities our research community has to offer, enabling you to broaden your experience and training to become fully integrated into the research network before choosing your PhD project.

Year 1

  • You complete three laboratory rotations, with the chance to explore the approaches and techniques employed by different neuroscience disciplines
  • You receive further training and knowledge through a selection of taught courses tailored to your background and interests; students may transition to neuroscience from a range of backgrounds, including biological and physical sciences, psychology and computing.

Years 2-4

By the end of the first year, you will be in an excellent position to make an informed choice of PhD project, which you will complete over the remaining three years. There are over 40 research faculty offering projects across a wide range of neuroscience interests.


Our campus is home to both the University of Sussex and the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and is set in beautiful countryside at the edge of the South Downs National Park, 10 minutes away from the vibrant seaside city of Brighton. Our community is committed to student support and opportunity, and researchers at all stages enjoy a truly integrated, interdisciplinary environment across the different neuroscience groups on campus.

Applications are particularly welcomed from candidates with protected characteristics – e.g. from Black and other ethnic minorities – who are under-represented in postgraduate research at our institution. Our PhD selection process is mindful of the diversity of backgrounds that strong candidates can have: we consider candidates based on all-round merit, and run a transparent interview process. We also offer support to any students with carer responsibilities to enable them to pursue their PhD research on an equal footing with others.

How to apply

We are now inviting applications until the closing date on March 1st 2021, for scholarships commencing in September 2021. You should hold (or be predicted) a 1st class or upper 2nd class BSc degree (or overseas equivalent) in a biological, physical or psychological science discipline.

Applications are completed online through the University of Sussex Postgraduate Admissions system. For application instructions, full details about the Programme and supervisors please follow the links on our website:

Our scholarships provide UK students with a stipend equivalent to a UK research council studentship, and cover UK fees and research costs. Further details about non-UK fees can be found here:

Additional enquires may be made by email to Dr Ruth Staras (, Prof Miguel Maravall (, Prof Louise Serpell ( or Prof Jamie Ward (

Closing date for applications: Monday March 1st 2021.

Interviews for scholarships will be held for shortlisted candidates in late March 2021.

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