Research course

Neuroscience and behaviour

Institution
Open University · Department of Life Sciences
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) or an appropriate first degree and postgraduate qualification

Months of entry

October

Course content

Our research focuses on the fundamentals of neurobiology and how they relate to disease conditions and behaviour.

Key themes of our research include:

  • Atypical cognition, encompassing research in conditions such as dementia and neurodegenerative disorders, as well as the neurobiology of mental health
  • Autism
  • Learning, memory and attention
  • Neurodegeneration, focusing on the genetic, biological and cognitive underpinnings of disorders across the lifespan, including autism, dementia, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and ADHD
  • Neurophysiology and neuropathology
  • Neurovascular biology, focusing on neurovascular architecture and disorders of the neurovascular system.

Potential research projects

  • An online study of repetitive activities and circumscribed interests in autism
  • Development and application of a sophisticated 3D model of the CNS blood-brain barrier
  • Neurobiological and behavioural hallmarks of familial Parkinson’s disease

Current/recent research projects

  • Investigating sensory and motor deficits in ADHD
  • Role of vascular tone in clearance of beta amyloid from the brain
  • Cognitive deficits in Huntingdon’s disease
  • Establishing invertebrate models of pathogen avoidance behaviour

Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

- Atypical cognition, encompassing research in conditions such as dementia and neurodegenerative disorders, as well as the neurobiology of mental health - Autism - Learning, memory and attention - Neurodegeneration, focusing on the genetic, biological and cognitive underpinnings of disorders across the lifespan, including autism, dementia, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and ADHD - Neurophysiology and neuropathology - Neurovascular biology, focusing on neurovascular architecture and disorders of the neurovascular system.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding for more information.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months
distance learning
variable months

MPhil

full time
15 months
distance learning
variable months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Administrative support
Email
science-phd-enquiries@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 659036