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.


The Institute of Neuroscience  provides an excellent training and working environment for students, with:

•  well-equipped laboratories and a high-quality research infrastructure.
• state-of-the-art imaging technology with preclinical and clinical PET, fMRI and CT scanners,
• equipment for techniques including psychophysics, EEG, electrophysiology, optogenetics and microscopy
• office space and computing facilities, and a dedicated student social area

Research Programmes

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.

Research and MPhil and PhD supervision in the Institute 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.

Our research has clinical applications in the understanding and treatment of disorders including neurodevelopmental disorders such as autistic spectrum disorders; neurological, psychiatric and psychological disorders such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and epilepsy; and sensory and motor disorders such as colour blindness and cerebral palsy.

Research students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes which have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence.

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.

Your Study Experience

• There is a good rapport between staff and students, promoted through scientific events such as journal clubs and seminars.
• We 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 (see the degree list below).

Postgraduate degrees in this subject area: