At Newcastle, clinicians and scientists work together to understand the brain and behaviour. From the basic biology of neurons through to complex processes of perception and decision-making behaviour, we address how the mind, brain, and body work together and translate this knowledge into clinical applications for patient benefit.
Research in the Institute of Neuroscience focuses on: visual, auditory and motor systems; cognitive, developmental and linguistic neuroscience; ophthalmology; animal behaviour and cognition; psycho- and neuropharmacology; neurotoxicology; neurotechnology and computational neuroscience.
Much of our research focuses on the neurobiology and treatment of disease, disorders, and disability including neuro- and developmental disability; neurological, psychiatric and psychological disorders; sensory and motor disorders. Our staff have a broad experience of working in research institutions around the world, and currently have international links with laboratories in the US, Europe, Australia and Asia. The Institute provides an excellent training and working environment for students, with well-equipped laboratories to support your studies. Facilities include state-of-the-art imaging technology with preclinical and clinical PET, fMRI and CT scanners, as well as equipment for techniques including psychophysics, EEG, electrophysiology and microscopy.
There is a good rapport between staff and students, promoted through scientific events such as journal clubs and seminars. The Institute provides office space and computing facilities, and also has a dedicated student social area. In addition to support from the Institute, you will also receive comprehensive research training through the Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School.
Each year, we advertise approximately 15 PhD or MRes/PhD studentships. These are funded by UK research councils, charities and legacies and some are CASE studentships and include working with industrial partners. We also host the Wellcome Trust Programme in Systems Neuroscience, an exciting programme for students with a background in physics, engineering or mathematics who wish to turn their talents to neuroscience. Some of our students are also employed as research assistants or secure funding from other sources and there are bursaries available for students studying for the MRes programmes. Appropriately qualified self-funding students are welcome.