Research Summer School 2015: Brain and Behaviour

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, 29th June – 28th August 2015

If you are over 18, have or are in university education and are looking to move into research the Institute of Neuroscience may be able to offer you a place at the Research Summer School 2015.

This summer school includes an nine-week research project with a member of the Institute, as well as introductory training sessions. Our areas of research span from the basic biology of neurons to the abnormal activity associated with epilepsy, from music perception to mood disorders, from visual object recognition to retinal prostheses for the blind, from animal decision-making to animal welfare, from mitochondrial genetics to neurological disease. This breadth of interests stimulates innovative approaches to our science and provides a wealth of opportunities for exciting new research projects.

We invite applications from national and international undergraduate students, master and doctoral students, and post-docs conducting research in the interdisciplinary fields of:

  • Ageing and neurodegeneration
  • Animal cognition and behaviour (including Animal Welfare)
  • Cerebrovascular disorders
  • Developmental neuroscience
  • Mitochondrial research
  • Neural circuits and neuroimaging
  • Neurology, neurosurgery, and motor control
  • Neuropharmacology and neurophysiology
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology and Cognitive Neurosciences
  • Visual, Auditory and Sensory Neuroscience

Please note if you have already completed your first degree please contact us before completing the application form.

On your application form you should give a brief outline, maximum 200 words, about the topic(s) you would be interested in studying. You can explore the full range of out research in our research section.


Unfortunately the Institute is not generally able to offer financial support for summer placements. If offered a place you will be responsible for your expenses whilst you are here such as accommodation, travel and living costs. A number of other organisations do offer funding schemes and you can find details of these on our undergraduate vacation studentships page. If selected you should discuss funding options with your supervisor as they may be able to help or advise you.

International applicants

Please note the Institute is not able to offer any advice relating to visas, you can find more information on the UK goverment website. If you are given a placement then it is your responsibility to check if you require any documentation to travel to the UK and to arrange this documentation before the start of your placement.

How to Apply

Please complete the online application form here. If a suitable project is available then you will be contacted directly.