Neuroscience MPhil; PhD; MD

MPhil: minimum 12 months full time; minimum 24 months part time
PhD: minimum 36 months full time; minimum 72 months part time
MD: normally 24 months full time; normally 48 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £4,320 - £13,500 (MPhil; PhD; MD) part time £2,160 - £6,750 (MPhil; PhD; MD)
International: full time £14,890 - £23,980 (MPhil; PhD; MD) part time fees

Fees vary according to the exact nature of the research project.
More information is available about Tuition Fees and discounts.

Research Areas

MPhil, PhD and MD supervision is normally available in the following areas:

Motor systems development, plasticity, function
Clinical and preclinical studies of normal and abnormal development and plasticity of the motor system; functional studies and computer modelling of motor system activity throughout the neuraxis; development and assessment of novel therapies for motor disorders/lesions including stem cell and brain-machine interface.

Visual system development, plasticity and repair
Retinal development and visual system wiring using in vitro approaches; development and assessment of novel neurotechnological approaches to retinal dystrophy repair including brain-machine interface and stem cells.

Neural computation and network systems
Experimental and theoretical (computational) studies aimed at understanding how neurones throughout the brain interact in localised networks to compute complex tasks; research into the role of network activity in neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Auditory neuroscience
Clinical and preclinical studies aimed at understanding the brain mechanisms involved in detection, discrimination and perception of sound and how these mechanisms are affected in individuals with brain disorders, including dementia, autism and stroke.

Research focused on understanding mechanisms underlying pain, analgesia, and anaesthesia; development of methods to assess pain and to alleviate pain in animals and humans.

Studies in laboratory animals, healthy volunteers and patient populations of the neurobiology and underlying mood, anxiety and addiction disorders and their treatment; allied research into normal neuropsychology and the physiology and pharmacology of neurotransmitter and endocrine systems implicated in psychiatric disorders.

Research centred on delineating the effects and understanding the mechanisms of action of established and putative neurotoxins including environmental and endogenous chemicals and naturally occurring toxins.

Forensic psychiatry and clinical psychology
Research into the assessment, treatment and management of sex offender risk; development and assessment of cognitive models of, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) treatment for, bipolar disorder, psychosis, anxiety and developmental disorders; developmental disorders of perception and cognition.

Systems and computational neuroscience
Theoretical (computational) and experimental studies aimed at understanding the neuroanatomy, and neuropharmacology of vision, visual attention and episodic memory.

Behaviour and evolution
Studies of animal and human behaviour including the evolutionary psychology of mate choice, attractiveness, and co-operation, and evolutionary approaches to personality.

Visual perception and human cognition
Research into colour and depth perception; perception of natural scenes; psychophysics and attention; word learning in children; body image dysfunction; visual social cognition and face processing; advertising and consumer behaviour. 

For more information about staff specialisms please see the Institute's website.

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

Our Medical Sciences Graduate School has a thriving postgraduate research culture, with additional support for international students. We have an excellent record for timely PhD submission, provide training in professional/key skills and research techniques, and support personal development.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a science or medicine related subject.

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, plus further research experience and/or a further qualification such as an MRes.

A MBBS, or an equivalent medical degree.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

Newcastle Biomedicine offers Research Studentships.

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Applications are considered throughout the year although specific deadlines for funding may apply. Further application advice is available from the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

There are three possible start dates for your research degree:

  • 6 January 2014
  • 28 April 2014
  • 22 September 2014

However, these dates are not mandatory and in some circumstances permission can be granted for alternative start dates. 

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information:
UK/EU students should contact:
Medical Sciences Graduate School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7002
Fax: +44 (0)191 208 7038

International students wishing to discuss these opportunities may contact:
Professor Steve Yeaman
Director of International Postgraduate Studies
Faculty of Medical Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7433

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Neuroscience.