Institute of Neuroscience

Postgraduate Study

Postgraduate Study

We are one of Newcastle University's flagship research institutes and provide a rich, dynamic environment to equip you with academic and practical skills to respond to the changing needs of the world and proceed to a rewarding career.


If you have completed your first degree and are interested in continuing your studies in Neuroscience we offer both Masters (MRes and MPhil) and Doctoral (PhD and MD) level research degrees. We are a diverse Institute with research interests ranging from psychology to cellular and molecular neurobiology you can find more information on our research pages.

MRes Degree

The MRes in Neuroscience is a Masters degree which combines taught elements with a substantive research project. Both taught modules and the research project are focused on subjects within the Neuroscience area. To apply for this degree please use the online application form.

Funded studentships (MPhil, PhD, MD)

Throughout the year we have funded studentship opportunities (MPhil, MD, PhD) which are advertised on the Newcastle University postgraduate website. These generally include funding for fees and a stipend to cover living costs; each studentship has strict eligibility criteria, please make sure you meet these before applying.

Candidates must apply using the online application form and include the project code in your application. The code will be on the advert and is usually 'INO' followed by 2 digits. 

Self-funded students (MPhil, MD, PhD)

If you are considering funding your own studentship or have private funding, e.g. from your government you should apply using the online application form.
On your application please include:

  • which areas of Neuroscience you are interested in. 
  • if you have already been in touch with a member of staff as a potential supervisor. 

International students

The Institute has many overseas students and we are keen to expand our International community of students. The University's International pages have lots of information to help your move to Newcastle as easy as possible. 

Postgraduate numbers

Since 2014 our Institute has been collating information on our postgraduate student applications, progression and career choices. This information can be found on our postgraduate numbers page

Further information

If you have any queries regarding any postgraduate study with the Institute please contact our Postgraduate Secretary: Beckie Hedley +44 (0)191 208 8244 Email: