Research course

Neuroscience

Institution
The University of Manchester · Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

We require applicants to hold, or be about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related subject area for entry to a PhD programme. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Master's degree with a Merit classification.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

In our PhD programme on Neuroscience we aim to understand the function of the nervous system. Around 50 groups focus their research on different, but complimentary, aspects of nervous system function.

We investigate how single neurons acquire electrical properties, how neural circuits are organised, how circuits process sensory information, store memories, plan motor actions and achieve cognitive function. We also investigate how these networks become dysfunctional in clinical disorders (e.g. Alzheimer's disease, blindness, stroke, schizophrenia) giving rise to symptoms such as memory loss, speech problems, visual deficits and paranoid delusions.

Through recent breakthroughs in techniques such as multi-channel electrophysiological recording, optogenetics, neuroimaging, neurogenetics and computational modelling, all of which are established in Manchester, we have powerful tools at our disposal. We also exploit and integrate a wide range of model systems: from neuronal cell culture, Drosophila , rodents and humans.

Our major research themes include:

  • Regulation of excitability in developing circuits
  • Coding of sensory signals
  • Memory and learning
  • Higher order cognition
  • Phototransduction & circadian biology
  • Neuroimaging
  • The neurobiological basis of brain diseases.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72-96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Email
admissions.doctoralacademy@manchester.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)161 275 5608