Research course

Neuroscience and behaviour

Open University · Department of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


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:

  • Neuronal structure and development
  • Neuropathology and glial cell biology
  • Neurophysiological and functional imaging measurements of the human brain
  • Biochemical, electrophysiological and behavioural aspects of learning, memory and attention
  • Genetic, biological and cognitive underpinnings of disorders across the lifespan, including autism, dementia, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and ADHD.
Current/recent research projects
  • Investigating sensory and motor deficits in ADHD
  • Neurofeedback for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Cognitive deficits in Huntingdon’s disease
  • Exploring the broader autism phenotype in simplex versus multiplex autism families
Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website for more information.

Qualification and course duration


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


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

Course contact details

Administrative support
+44 (0)1908 659036