Research course

Integrative Neurobiology and Behaviour

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

A first or upper second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. In certain circumstances, a lower second class honours degree supplemented by a Masters degree, or appropriate relevant work experience, may be acceptable. Please contact the Faculty of Life Sciences for further information.

Months of entry

January, April, July, September

Course content

A network of electrically active neurones is found in almost all multicellular animals. The function of this nervous system is to control physiology and behaviour by receiving and integrating sensory information and conveying executive commands to muscles and glands. Diversity in the fundamental properties of individual neurones and glia, and in the nature of their connectivity, provides the nervous system with unparalleled scope for complexity. This intricacy is central to its function and provides the substrate for advanced cognitive functions in higher vertebrates and man. Modern neurobiology research is characterised by the application of new technology to traditional behavioural, anatomical and cellular analyses, and the integration of contemporary molecular and post-genomic techniques. The Neurobiology group uses this multidisciplinary strategy to explore the development and normal activity of the nervous system, as well as the origins and mechanisms of degeneration and dysfunction.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require a minimum score of 6.5 IELTS, 577 TOEFL (paper), 233 TOEFL (computer), 90 TOEFL (internet).

Fees and funding

PhD funding is offered annually via Research Council studentships, and several studentships are available from charities, internal funds and some industrial sponsored awards. The eligibility criteria and level of the awards are subject to change so please check the Faculty of Life Sciences website for current information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72-96 months
full time
36-48 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Life Sciences Post-graduate Research Office
+44 (0) 161 275 5608
+44 (0) 161 275 5657